Be Something Extraordinary! Start Your Performing Arts College Search

Teen Girls and Boy

..."I'm passionate about performing and I've just started my Performing Arts College Search but all the BA, BFA, Conservatory or Not, stuff gets confusing, can you help me understand this?"

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A Performing Arts College search is not very different than any other college search. Begin by gathering as much information as possible on the schools that interest you.

A student must ask themselves some important questions involving their personal preferences in order to narrow down the possibilities. These questions include:

  • Do I want to go to a college in the city or do I prefer a rural or suburban area?
  • Does it matter to me how far away from my family the performing arts college is located?
  • Do I want a to be involved with a large, medium or small student body?
  • Is it important to me that I live on a campus or is off-campus OK?
  • Is it important to me that their is a large amount of extra-curricular activities offered?
  • Do I care if courses are sometimes taught by Teaching Assistants and not Professors?
  • In my Performing Arts College Search, what is the most important factor I feel will help me reach my educational goals?

These are basic questions that all students doing a college search should be asking themselves but if you are doing a Performing Arts College Search you have additional things to consider.

No matter which way you decide to go in your Performing Arts College Search, it is important to remember that you must meet your own personal needs and preferences. There is a great deal of information to consider.

However, it can not be emphasized enough that this search is about you, your personal needs, and your talents. Most importantly, you need to keep in mind your personal goals.

Visit Colleges of Interest

Now that you have a direction for your Performing Arts College Search and you have answered the necessary questions, you should have some idea of what you are looking for. Compile a list of colleges of interest and look through it carefully. It is advisable to visit some of these colleges. You will find this extremely valuable when it comes to making a final choice.

If you need help on deciding which schools to visit you can use the

Performing Arts College Visit page on this website or to find out here about

college fairs. Where you visit will depend on your location, the time factor, and your financial situation. If you have to travel a great distance to visit a college of interest, it may not be feasible.

If it is possible to visit at least one or two, it will definitely enhance and be helpful to you. For one, it will give you a feel for that particular college. Secondly, it may help you to better clarify your personal know, the ones we discussed at the beginning of this article. You may find that although you believed that you wanted a college in the city, when you actually visited you found it to be too big, hectic and confusing. Alternately, you may discover that the rural school you liked is too spread out and isolated.

It's O.K. to feel this way. In fact, it's great to find these things out before you put a lot of time, money and energy into applying to a college that's not going to "fit" you.

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