@Twelfthman I have one BFA Acting grad, one BFA Acting senior, and one BFA MT freshman, all in different schools. Having a definitive statistical comparison would be impossible, mostly because many/most schools don’t employ an outreach coordinator to stay in touch with the grads and get everyone’s info, and in many/most schools, it’s up to the grads to tell the program when they’re working. If they’re not reporting back, the school doesn’t know and can’t keep data.
One of my kids’ schools has an incredible level of school spirit (not sports-oriented, but whole-college-wide) and their students and alumni are constantly tagging everything they do on social media with the name of the university. I have a big sense from that school of who is working and where they’re working, in addition to what’s going on with current students. The other two schools have bland social media and I rarely see info about grads, but informally know about alumni who are working because my kids know them.
The other, really important piece, is that you’re going to see kids who are incredible performers who get into the top schools, and who have a great experience in those schools, then choose a different path when they’re done.
Remember that many of our kids were cast in every high school show, often as a lead, then in their performing arts colleges, although the competition was stiffer, they often were cast in something (whether mainstage or student-produced) most semesters. Some legitimately can’t handle the stress of auditioning without booking over and over again in the professional world, which even for kids who find success in this field, is exactly what will happen. Or maybe, they’re not independently wealthy and have to hold down a job, which limits their auditioning options so despite talent and training, they’re not going to book gigs. Or maybe they’ve discovered another passion. They’re only 17 or 18 when they decide to go to school for this. There’s no way that they all know for sure that this is their path, and choosing something other than pure MT as their field doesn’t mean that the student or the college has failed at what they’re doing. Look at Pasek and Paul. Both went to UMich in their BFA MT program. Both wanted to be MT performers. Neither did that, and both discovered, through their friendship and experiences at UMich, a different path for which they have found much success, but it’s not the type of success that either envisioned when they prepared their 16-32 bars of contemporary/classical pieces for their auditions during their senior years of high school. Yes, this is an extreme example, but there is so much in life to be learned from a degree in MT.
Working professionally as a performer and sustaining yourself with the wages of performing is a great goal to have, but a very narrow focus on a world that has so many opportunities.
My advice is to do the research and find which schools offer what your kid needs especially after they’ve been accepted. After acceptance visit as many of the programs as you can to see what feels like it fits, and encourage your kid to be involved in every opportunity they can to learn what feeds their souls.