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Sample Questions to ask Admissions Counselors or Program Directors

I have written about the importance of determining which schools have what you are looking for in a program. The following questions can be used while on campus touring or as a guide for online research. In any case, these questions are my way of reminding you that you are the customer and the colleges need to demonstrate that they are keeping up with industry trends while also providing a deep and rigorous education.

  1. Who are the instructors?  What is their background and industry experience?  

  2. What is the student-faculty ratio?

  3. What programs are available in my area of interest?  What types of courses are offered?

  4. How difficult is it for students to register for required courses?

  5. How flexible is the curriculum?  Can I design my own program? Can I take classes outside of my major?

  6. What percentage of your students return after their freshman year? Sophomore year?

  7. Can the student sit in on a freshman class when they visit the school?

  8. What are the admissions requirements: Standardized tests?  Portfolios? Essays? Interview? Letters of recommendation?  Does the school offer financial aid and merit scholarships?

  9. Does the school provide all of the necessary equipment needed for the student to learn and work in their field?  Are there enough studio and/or rehearsal spaces and adequate resources for the students?

  10. Who are their students?  How many undergraduate vs. graduate students are there?

  11. Does the school offer opportunities to study abroad?

  12. Does the school invite industry members to talk to classes about their fields?

  13. Does the school provide a list of recent graduates, where they are working and/or provide access to current students or graduates for opinions of the school and program?

  14. Does the school have an ongoing advisory board with industry members to help review course materials and changes to the industry?

  15. Are career services offered to help students develop the knowledge, experience and skills to build and sustain a professional practice and become successfully employed?

  16. Does the school promote their graduates to the industry through organized interviews, student showcases, etc.?  Is there a system in place where industry members are given an opportunity to interview graduates?

  17. What percentage of graduates goes immediately to work in their field?  What percentage goes on to graduate school?

College Application Organizers: Build Your List and Organize Your Applications
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If I could only give one piece of advice to students applying to visual and performing art programs, it would be a simple choice: “get organized.” This advice applies to every aspect of the college application process. Researching colleges with the right fit and curriculum requires organization, but even before you can commit to that investigation you have to dedicate time to discovering schools that have the majors you want. Then comes the biggest organizational challenge of all - taking that list and finding out exactly what you need to do in order to complete your application.

That’s why we’re happy to announce a new product in our lineup - the Application Organizer.  The average visual and performing art student is seeking the answer to many questions a conventional student isn’t. It isn’t simple to find this information, much less keep track of it. These students need to know: What schools have the major I want? How many pieces can go in my portfolio? What monologues or songs do I need to perform at my audition? Is there a prescreen or an additional profile I have to fill out? Are my deadlines the same as other applicant’s? And that’s in addition to knowing the basic requirements for essays, letters of recommendation and standardized tests.

We’ve spent years collecting this information about dozens of schools for a number of disciplines. We update these lists every year with new schools we’ve come to love and the latest requirements for that application cycle. For the first time ever we’re making that information available to the public. Each organizer has anywhere from 20 to 60 schools and tells you everything that school requires you to submit. You'll know deadlines (which are often different from the main school deadlines), portfolio or audition requirements, standardized testing options, as well as the number of essays and letters of recommendation. We cover a wide variety of schools, from the usual suspects to hidden gems in that discipline. You can discover schools that align directly with your needs and goals while ensuring you know exactly what to do to apply to them. All of this information is in one location, easy to access, and is updated periodically throughout the admission season.

Getting organized is absolutely vital, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. You can benefit from our legwork and years of expertise. Find out more about our Application Organizers here.