Performing Arts Schools in The Midwest - 2017 Ranking

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Our 2017 ranking contains performing arts 330 schools offering majors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Performing-Art-Schools.com team ranks Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN), and University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) the best three performing arts schools in the Midwest.

See the Top 50 Performing Arts schools in the Midwest below or narrow your search by program, state, or city in the Midwest.


Top 50 performing arts schools in the Midwest:

Northwestern University - Performing Arts School Ranking
1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL, 39 performing arts programs

Indiana University Bloomington - Performing Arts School Ranking
2. Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN, 16 performing arts programs

University of Cincinnati - Performing Arts School Ranking
3. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, 13 performing arts programs

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Performing Arts School Ranking
4. University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, 12 performing arts programs

Ohio State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
5. Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, 8 performing arts programs

University of Notre Dame - Performing Arts School Ranking
6. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN, 5 performing arts programs

University of Kansas - Performing Arts School Ranking
7. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS, 7 performing arts programs

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Performing Arts School Ranking
8. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN, 8 performing arts programs

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Performing Arts School Ranking
9. University of Illinois

Champaign, IL, 6 performing arts programs

Purdue University - Performing Arts School Ranking
10. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, 5 performing arts programs

Washington University in St Louis - Performing Arts School Ranking
11. Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO, 6 performing arts programs

Wayne State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
12. Wayne State University

Detroit, MI, 6 performing arts programs

University of Wisconsin Madison - Performing Arts School Ranking
13. University of Wisconsin Madison

Madison, WI, 6 performing arts programs

Michigan State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
14. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, 5 performing arts programs

University of Missouri Kansas City - Performing Arts School Ranking
15. University of Missouri Kansas City

Kansas City, MO, 5 performing arts programs

University of Nebraska Lincoln - Performing Arts School Ranking
16. University of Nebraska Lincoln

Lincoln, NE, 5 performing arts programs

Case Western Reserve University - Performing Arts School Ranking
17. Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH, 6 performing arts programs

University of Missouri Columbia - Performing Arts School Ranking
18. University of Missouri Columbia

Columbia, MO, 3 performing arts programs

Harrington College of Design - Performing Arts School Ranking
19. Harrington College of Design

Chicago, IL, 2 performing arts programs

Cranbrook Academy of Art - Performing Arts School Ranking
20. Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1 performing arts program

Roosevelt University - Performing Arts School Ranking
21. Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL, 17 performing arts programs

Columbia College Chicago - Performing Arts School Ranking
22. Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL, 6 performing arts programs

Western Michigan University - Performing Arts School Ranking
23. Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI, 15 performing arts programs

Bowling Green State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
24. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH, 9 performing arts programs

University of Iowa - Performing Arts School Ranking
25. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA, 6 performing arts programs

University of Akron - Performing Arts School Ranking
26. University of Akron

Akron, OH, 16 performing arts programs

Iowa State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
27. Iowa State University

Ames, IA, 3 performing arts programs

Ohio University - Performing Arts School Ranking
28. Ohio University

Athens, OH, 7 performing arts programs

Illinois State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
29. Illinois State University

Normal, IL, 3 performing arts programs

Oakland University - Performing Arts School Ranking
30. Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI, 11 performing arts programs

Missouri State University Springfield - Performing Arts School Ranking
31. Missouri State University Springfield

Springfield, MO, 5 performing arts programs

Butler University - Performing Arts School Ranking
32. Butler University

Indianapolis, IN, 7 performing arts programs

Kent State University at Kent - Performing Arts School Ranking
33. Kent State University

Kent, OH, 4 performing arts programs

DePaul University - Performing Arts School Ranking
34. DePaul University

Chicago, IL, 3 performing arts programs

McNally Smith College of Music - Performing Arts School Ranking
35. McNally Smith College of Music

Saint Paul, MN, 20 performing arts programs

Loyola University Chicago - Performing Arts School Ranking
36. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL, 5 performing arts programs

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee - Performing Arts School Ranking
37. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, 4 performing arts programs

Webster University - Performing Arts School Ranking
38. Webster University

Saint Louis, MO, 5 performing arts programs

Minnesota State University Mankato - Performing Arts School Ranking
39. Minnesota State University Mankato

Mankato, MN, 6 performing arts programs

Lindenwood University - Performing Arts School Ranking
40. Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO, 8 performing arts programs

Oberlin College - Performing Arts School Ranking
41. Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH, 4 performing arts programs

Eastern Michigan University - Performing Arts School Ranking
42. Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI, 5 performing arts programs

Anderson University Indiana - Performing Arts School Ranking
43. Anderson University Indiana

Anderson, IN, 8 performing arts programs

Grand Valley State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
44. Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI, 4 performing arts programs

University of Northern Iowa - Performing Arts School Ranking
45. University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA, 6 performing arts programs

Kansas State University - Performing Arts School Ranking
46. Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, 3 performing arts programs

University of Michigan Flint - Performing Arts School Ranking
47. University of Michigan Flint

Flint, MI, 4 performing arts programs

Kenyon College - Performing Arts School Ranking
48. Kenyon College

Gambier, OH, 4 performing arts programs

Central Michigan University - Performing Arts School Ranking
49. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI, 6 performing arts programs

Northern Illinois University - Performing Arts School Ranking
50. Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL, 2 performing arts programs

Performing Arts schools in the Midwest by state:

Schools by State49 Performing Arts Schools in Illinois32 Performing Arts Schools in Indiana22 Performing Arts Schools in Iowa22 Performing Arts Schools in Kansas39 Performing Arts Schools in Michigan35 Performing Arts Schools in Minnesota32 Performing Arts Schools in Missouri15 Performing Arts Schools in Nebraska4 Performing Arts Schools in North Dakota47 Performing Arts Schools in Ohio7 Performing Arts Schools in South Dakota26 Performing Arts Schools in Wisconsin

Performing arts programs in the Midwest:

Dance: 61 schools
Ballet: 2 schools
Music: 133 schools
Theatre: 272 schools

Performing arts schools in other regions:

Northeast: 260 schools
South: 417 schools
West: 273 schools

Popular performing arts school cities in the Midwest:

in Illinois:
Bloomington: 1 school
Carbondale: 1 school
Champaign: 1 school
Chicago: 13 schools
Decatur: 1 school
Dekalb: 1 school
Elgin: 1 school
Evanston: 1 school
Glen Ellyn: 1 school
Macomb: 1 school
Naperville: 1 school
Normal: 2 schools
Schaumburg: 1 school
in Indiana:
Anderson: 1 school
Bloomington: 1 school
Evansville: 2 schools
Fort Wayne: 2 schools
Indianapolis: 5 schools
Muncie: 1 school
Notre Dame: 2 schools
West Lafayette: 1 school
in Iowa:
Ames: 1 school
Cedar Falls: 1 school
Iowa City: 1 school
in Kansas:
Lawrence: 2 schools
Manhattan: 1 school
in Michigan:
Allendale: 1 school
Ann Arbor: 1 school
Bloomfield Hills: 2 schools
Detroit: 4 schools
East Lansing: 1 school
Flint: 1 school
Holland: 1 school
Kalamazoo: 3 schools
Rochester Hills: 2 schools
Ypsilanti: 1 school
in Minnesota:
Bemidji: 1 school
Duluth: 1 school
Mankato: 2 schools
Mendota Heights: 1 school
Minneapolis: 4 schools
Moorhead: 2 schools
Northfield: 2 schools
Saint Paul: 8 schools
Winona: 2 schools
in Missouri:
Columbia: 2 schools
Kansas City: 3 schools
Kirksville: 1 school
Saint Charles: 1 school
Saint Louis: 6 schools
Springfield: 3 schools
Warrensburg: 1 school
in Nebraska:
Lincoln: 3 schools
in Ohio:
Ada: 1 school
Akron: 1 school
Athens: 1 school
Berea: 1 school
Bowling Green: 1 school
Cincinnati: 4 schools
Cleveland: 3 schools
Columbus: 3 schools
Dayton: 3 schools
Gambier: 1 school
Kent: 1 school
Oberlin: 1 school
Oxford: 1 school
in South Dakota:
Vermillion: 1 school
in Wisconsin:
Appleton: 1 school
Green Bay: 1 school
Kenosha: 2 schools
La Crosse: 3 schools
Madison: 3 schools
Milwaukee: 4 schools
Stevens Point: 1 school
Whitewater: 1 school
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