16 Best Acting (Performing arts/Drama theatre) schools in California, US

Below is the list of best universities in California ranked based on their research performance in Performing arts. A graph of 13.7K citations received by 1.47K academic papers made by 16 universities in California was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

1. University of Southern California

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$39,759

2. University of California - Los Angeles

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$15,461
Enrollment
44,589

3. Stanford University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$20,023

4. University of California - Berkeley

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
63%

5. San Jose State University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1125
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
72%

6. University of California-San Diego

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

7. University of California - Irvine

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%

8. University of California - Santa Barbara

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

9. San Diego State University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
61%

10. University of California - Davis

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
74%

11. University of California - Santa Cruz

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
67%

12. California State University - Long Beach

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
42%
Average SAT
1130
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
80%

13. University of California - Riverside

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1180
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
91%

14. Pepperdine University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
42%
Average SAT
1305
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$46,550

15. San Francisco State University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1030
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
78%

16. Chapman University

For Performing arts

Acceptance Rate
58%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$44,327

Closest to California states to learn Performing arts

State
Universities
Unis
Best university country rank
Best uni United States Flag rank
Oregon 5 92
Utah 3 57
Arizona 3 25
Washington 5 17
Colorado 5 53
Kansas 3 51
Texas 17 8
Oklahoma 4 130
Minnesota 5 30
Iowa 4 77
Missouri 5 56
Louisiana 4 109
Wisconsin 6 15
Illinois 16 1
Mississippi 3 112
Indiana 8 4
Michigan 7 20
Tennessee 6 67
Alabama 3 61
Kentucky 5 71
Ohio 18 3
Georgia 6 10
South Carolina 6 75
North Carolina 9 22
Virginia 13 41
Pennsylvania 20 11
Florida 11 16
District of Columbia 5 60
Maryland 6 27
New York 33 6
New Jersey 8 24
Vermont 3 114
Connecticut 7 5
Massachusetts 19 2
Rhode Island 4 95
Maine 5 125