Specialized Programs

Music

We have prepared the following information to guide students who have pursued music throughout high school. We suggest that you create a resume.

Resume Format

  1. List all of the important musical things that you have done, whether or not school-related.
  2. List all awards and titles that you have.
  3. List all competitions in which you have participated.
  4. List teachers with whom you have studied
  5. List all major pieces that you have played/sung.

Schools

  • The Julliard School
  • Indiana University
  • Oberlin College
  • Yale University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Johns Hopkins University—Peabody
  • MIT
  • New England Conservatory
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Bard College
  • NYU—Tisch

***The schools listed represent only a sample of a much more comprehensive list

Visual and Performing Arts

Students who have a great interest in pursuing visual or performing arts must assess at an early stage their goals and commitments. For example, performing artists should begin to explore colleges, programs, portfolio, and audition requirements in their sophomore year, and should prepare early for auditions if required by a particular school. Students also must understand that admission to a university must be at both an academic and an artistic level. A student must meet both the academic and artistic talent requirements of a school in order to gain admission.

Preparing portfolios, CD's, videos, etc.

  • Many colleges have earlier deadlines for portfolio/recording submission.  It will be important to get organized early in the college application process and make note of any early special deadlines.
  • Art supplements have to demonstrate considerable talent and experience.  Get advice from art teachers, voice coaches and others in the artistic "know" as to whether you are a candidate for portfolio or CD submission.  These voluntary, optional submissions will be rated by college professors, and an artistic evaluation will become part of your admission file.
  • Portfolios and auditions are absolute admission requirements of professional arts degree programs and even more important than grades and test scores in the admission process.  There are invariably specific requirements as to the number and type of musical selections, art media, etc.
  • Portfolios, CD's DVD's, etc. should be prepared during the summer before senior year under the supervision of a theater or arts professional and must adhere to the colleges' specifications (as to length, content, etc.). Students pursuing theater and dance should discuss copyright issues with Mr. Bishop before submitting videos of on-campus performances.

Schools

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Savannah School Art and Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Parson's School of Design
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • Cooper Union
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • The Art Institute of Boston
  • The New England Institute of Art

***The schools listed represent only a sample of a much more comprehensive list

Resources include

  • The Peterson Visual and Performing Arts Guide
  • The Stern's Performing Arts Directory and Performing Arts Major's College Guide
  • Performing Arts College Fair

Learning Disabilities

All colleges are required to offer assistance to diagnosed learning disabled students; however, we have chosen to list several colleges that offer specific programs. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and we suggest that interested students review each university's specific LD catalogue. We recommend the following guides: Peterson's Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or The K&W Guide to Colleges.

Schools

  • Lynn University
  • The University of Georgia
  • Auburn University
  • Arizona State University
  • George Washington University
  • American University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Denver
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Vermont

***The schools listed represent only a sample of a much more comprehensive list

Engineering

Most colleges offer general engineering programs. Students should research each school for information regarding specific programs and requirements. For example, a university may offer a program in computer science but not biomedical engineering. The following is a list of a few schools noted for engineering programs.

Schools

  • Harvey Mudd College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cooper Union
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Virginia Tech

***The schools listed represent only a sample of a much more comprehensive list

Business Schools

Students who are interested in pursuing business may choose either to do a combined BA/MBA or a specialized BA program.

Schools

  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Washington University Olin School of Business
  • Babson College
  • Bentley College
  • Wharton

***The schools listed represent only a sample of a much more comprehensive list