100 Best Acting (Performing arts/Drama theatre) schools in the United States

Below is the list of best universities in the United States ranked based on their research performance in Performing arts. A graph of 105K citations received by 17.8K academic papers made by 251 universities in the United States was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish 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 an official site as it's constantly changing data.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

  1. For Performing arts

    Ohio State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    54%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    79%
  2. For Performing arts

    Yale University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,073
  3. For Performing arts

    University of California - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Average SAT
    1415
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  4. For Performing arts

    University of Southern California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $37,521
  5. For Performing arts

    Indiana University - Bloomington logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1255
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    84%
  6. For Performing arts

    Harvard University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,030
  7. For Performing arts

    New York University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1440
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $37,739
  8. For Performing arts

    University of Pennsylvania logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $24,771
  9. For Performing arts

    University of Texas at Austin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    67%
  10. For Performing arts

    Purdue University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    60%
    Average SAT
    1315
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  11. For Performing arts

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill logo
    Acceptance Rate
    23%
    Average SAT
    1405
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  12. For Performing arts

    Stanford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    4%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $16,779
  13. For Performing arts

    Pennsylvania State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1190
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    73%
  14. For Performing arts

    University of Georgia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Average SAT
    1330
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  15. For Performing arts

    University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Average SAT
    1340
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    64%
  16. For Performing arts

    Rutgers University - New Brunswick logo
    Acceptance Rate
    61%
    Average SAT
    1320
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    71%
  17. For Performing arts

    Georgia Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    21%
    Average SAT
    1405
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    69%
  18. For Performing arts

    Michigan State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Average SAT
    1210
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  19. For Performing arts

    University of California - Berkeley logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1430
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  20. For Performing arts

    Columbia University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $21,828
  21. For Performing arts

    University of South Florida logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    1250
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  22. For Performing arts

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor logo
    Acceptance Rate
    23%
    Average SAT
    1435
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  23. For Performing arts

    University of Washington - Seattle logo
    Acceptance Rate
    52%
    Average SAT
    1345
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    57%
  24. For Performing arts

    Northwestern University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Average SAT
    1495
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $26,196
  25. For Performing arts

    Florida State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    36%
    Average SAT
    1270
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  26. For Performing arts

    University of Wisconsin - Madison logo
    Acceptance Rate
    54%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  27. For Performing arts

    Carnegie Mellon University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $30,618
  28. For Performing arts

    Arizona State University - Tempe logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  29. For Performing arts

    Princeton University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,712
  30. For Performing arts

    University of Nebraska - Lincoln logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  31. For Performing arts

    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  32. For Performing arts

    Brigham Young University - Provo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1315
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $13,340
  33. For Performing arts

    Ohio University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1155
    Average ACT
    24
    Receiving Aid
    94%
  34. For Performing arts

    University of Virginia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    24%
    Average SAT
    1430
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    57%
  35. For Performing arts

    University of New Mexico logo
    Acceptance Rate
    94%
    Average SAT
    1130
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    94%
  36. For Performing arts

    University of Iowa logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  37. For Performing arts

    University of Chicago logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1535
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $34,719
  38. For Performing arts

    Illinois Wesleyan University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    61%
    Average SAT
    1220
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $28,912
  39. For Performing arts

    Georgia State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1155
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  40. For Performing arts

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1540
    Average ACT
    35
    Net Price
    $20,465
  41. For Performing arts

    University of Maryland - College Park logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1375
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  42. For Performing arts

    University of Cincinnati logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    75%
  43. For Performing arts

    Emory University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $25,942
  44. For Performing arts

    George Mason University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    87%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    74%
  45. For Performing arts

    University of Massachusetts - Amherst logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    90%
  46. For Performing arts

    University of Kansas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    93%
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
    Average Aid
    $10,073
  47. For Performing arts

    Syracuse University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1280
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $43,111
  48. For Performing arts

    University of California-San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    31%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  49. For Performing arts

    University of California - Santa Barbara logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  50. For Performing arts

    Fordham University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    46%
    Average SAT
    1345
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $39,558
  51. For Performing arts

    San Jose State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    73%
  52. For Performing arts

    University of Connecticut logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1305
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    75%
  53. For Performing arts

    Iowa State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    92%
    Average SAT
    1220
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    90%
  54. For Performing arts

    University of California - Irvine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1295
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  55. For Performing arts

    Boston College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1420
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $28,354
  56. For Performing arts

    University of California - Davis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  57. For Performing arts

    University of Illinois at Chicago logo
    Acceptance Rate
    73%
    Average SAT
    1145
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  58. For Performing arts

    Cornell University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1480
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $28,921
  59. For Performing arts

    University of Colorado Boulder logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1250
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  60. For Performing arts

    Washington University in St Louis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Average SAT
    1520
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $27,108
  61. For Performing arts

    University of Oregon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1205
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  62. For Performing arts

    University of Alabama logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Average SAT
    1210
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    79%
  63. For Performing arts

    Texas Tech University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1165
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  64. For Performing arts

    College of William and Mary logo
    Acceptance Rate
    38%
    Average SAT
    1415
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    56%
  65. For Performing arts

    Boston University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Average SAT
    1425
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $29,479
  66. For Performing arts

    Duke University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Average SAT
    1525
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $24,386
  67. For Performing arts

    University of Florida logo
    Acceptance Rate
    37%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    92%
  68. For Performing arts

    University of Tennessee - Knoxville logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  69. For Performing arts

    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale logo
    Acceptance Rate
    66%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    95%
  70. For Performing arts

    Johns Hopkins University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $28,999
  71. For Performing arts

    Lehigh University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    1365
    Average ACT
    31
    Net Price
    $26,631
  72. For Performing arts

    George Washington University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    41%
    Average SAT
    1375
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $38,829
  73. For Performing arts

    University of Louisville logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1180
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    98%
  74. For Performing arts

    University of South Carolina - Columbia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1275
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    95%
  75. For Performing arts

    Oregon State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1200
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  76. For Performing arts

    Bowling Green State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    990
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    95%
  77. For Performing arts

    University of Nevada - Las Vegas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    92%
  78. For Performing arts

    Wesleyan University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Net Price
    $21,853
    Receiving Aid
    47%
    Average Aid
    $50,786
  79. For Performing arts

    University of Pittsburgh logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1350
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  80. For Performing arts

    Georgetown University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $28,442
  81. For Performing arts

    Northern Illinois University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    1055
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  82. For Performing arts

    University of Montana logo
    Acceptance Rate
    94%
    Average SAT
    1150
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    88%
  83. For Performing arts

    Vanderbilt University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $25,855
  84. For Performing arts

    University of Missouri - Columbia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    89%
  85. For Performing arts

    Kent State University at Kent logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Average SAT
    1135
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  86. For Performing arts

    Tufts University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $26,280
  87. For Performing arts

    University of Utah logo
    Acceptance Rate
    62%
    Average SAT
    1262
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  88. For Performing arts

    University of Arizona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  89. For Performing arts

    Temple University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    60%
    Receiving Aid
    90%
    Average Aid
    $10,364
    Enrollment
    38,794
  90. For Performing arts

    University of Richmond logo
    Acceptance Rate
    28%
    Average SAT
    1375
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $25,282
  91. For Performing arts

    Northeastern University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    18%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $36,479
  92. For Performing arts

    Saint Louis University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Average SAT
    1275
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $31,098
  93. For Performing arts

    University of California - Santa Cruz logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  94. For Performing arts

    San Diego State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    34%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    60%
  95. For Performing arts

    Brown University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $27,218
  96. For Performing arts

    University of Miami logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Net Price
    $33,102
  97. For Performing arts

    University of St Thomas - Minnesota logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1255
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $29,645
  98. For Performing arts

    Marquette University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Average SAT
    1220
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $34,120
  99. For Performing arts

    Case Western Reserve University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1425
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $35,890
  100. For Performing arts

    Loyola University Chicago logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1225
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $36,388

The best cities to study Performing arts in the United States based on the number of universities and their ranks are Columbus, New Haven, Los Angeles, and Bloomington.