12 Tips to Start Your College Search
Jun 06, 2023
Here you are: determined to be in the dance field.
You may see yourself as a performer on stage with a well-known company, or you may have decided to get a degree in dance in combination with another area of study. There are endless possibilities! Whatever your interests are, here are a few recommendations:
- Consider all types of schools: four-year, two-year, and community colleges. There are approximately 4,500 colleges in the United States. You WILL get into college if you want to attend.
- Look at well-known institutions, but also look at state and local schools.
- Research the application process for each school.
- Check out the Common Application, Universal Application and the Coalition Application. In addition, there are also individual applications through the college, which are sometimes free of charge.
- If you want to read about the college search, start with the Fiske Guide to colleges.
- Ask people how they got into their field of dance. Did they attend college?
- Talk to others about their college dance programs - you can always ask an admissions officer if you could be connected to a dance student.
- Investigate your favorite performers and look at their background.
- If available, experience different forms of dance, so you can be sure what styles you want to pursue.
- Consider a gap year - but make a plan for it. For example, think about attending a one year dance course in Europe to learn another style of dance. Or a Foundation Year course in the U.K.
- Make a list of what is important for you to have when you are at college (A place where you can cook, a favorite restaurant, good shopping, being able to walk in the woods, etc.).
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