I know there are a lot of students looking at their options for next year as the offers & rejections are beginning to arrive. Boy do I remember the roller coaster from last year! The crazy excitement after a call from a drama admissions dept. to the devastation brought by a very thin envelope from a cherished school to the renewed excitement of a "fat" envelope!
I can't give a lot of personal details but we live in California and our DD had her heart set on going to an East Coast school. When it came time to weigh the options she had 3 solid East Coast BFA choices. We visited each school and she didn't have a front runner. As a precaution she thought she had better visit UCIrvine since it was on her list as a back up but she hadn't researched it. She spent 2 days on campus touring, chatting with students, and sitting in on classes. She spent the night in a dorm with a friend of a friend.
I think you can see where this is going...after much angst and flip-flopping she decided to go to UCI. Everyone thought she was nuts to pass up programs that culled their talent from extensive national auditions to attend a school where she would have to audition her freshman year with no guarantees. But "fit" is discussed a lot here on CC and with good reason. She saw that her wish list of what she wanted was met at UCI more than at the other 3. She has a secondary academic interest that she was intent on pursuing and it would have been difficult or impossible at the East Coast choices.
With one quarter under her belt she is ecstatic to be getting challenging MT training (she was accepted into MT2), rigorous acting classes, top notch dance classes, and performance opportunities IN ADDITION TO a double major in a separate academic pursuit. She is so thrilled to mesh her passions that she made Dean's List and said it was a labor of love. Sometimes I think the theatre kids get caught up in the allure of the conservatories and their cachet that a BA (or possible BFA like at UCI) seem like a step down. I just wanted to give another perspective.
The alumni from UCI (BA, BFA and MFA) are an impressive crowd.
Teal Wicks is touring with Wicked and she earned a BA in drama with honors in musical theatre. There is an interview where she talks about her education on YouTube.
Allison Case is a UCI BA grad and we saw her on Broadway in Hair last year - amazing! Here is an article about her:
UC Irvine Feature: Allison Case
There are lots more listed at UC Irvine Drama Department :: Alumni
This is just some food for thought for those who have UCI on their radar.