The Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools Ranked

6:30 AM 5/20/2016

by THR Staff

Aspiring thesps can follow in the footsteps of some of the industry's biggest stars, who got their start at these top programs.

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This story first appeared in the May 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  1. 25
    25

    Savannah College of Art and Design

    Georgia

    Attended by: YouTube star Stephen Georg

  2. 24
    25

    Pace School of Performing Arts

    New York

    Attended by: Dominique Fishback, Michelle Borth

  3. 23
    25

    Georgetown

    Washington, D.C.

    Attended by: Brit Marling, Kelly Rohrbach

  4. 22
    25

    UCI Claire Trevor School

    Irvine, Calif.

    Attended by: Jon Lovitz, Bob Gunton

  5. 21
    25

    Emerson

    Boston

    Attended by: Henry Winkler, Denis Leary, Mario Cantone, David Gross

  6. 20
    25

    U. of Michigan

    Ann Arbor

    Attended by: James Earl Jones, Christine Lahti, Ann B. Davis

  7. 19
    25

    U. of Minnesota

    Minneapolis

    Attended by: Aya Cash. Dropouts: T.R. Knight, Kimberly Elise

  8. 18
    25

    UNC School of the Arts

    Winston-Salem

    Attended by: Mary-Louise Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith, Danny McBride

  9. 17
    25

    DePaul

    Chicago

    Attended by: John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson, Judy Greer, Lili Taylor

  10. 16
    25

    CalArts

    Valencia, Calif.

    Attended by: Alison Brie, Don Cheadle, Ed Harris, Cecily Strong

  11. 15
    25

    Boston University

    Boston

    Attended by: Julianne Moore, Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Alfre Woodard, Geena Davis

  12. 14
    25

    Drama Centre London

    London

    Attended by: Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Paul Bettany, Russell Brand, Polly Walker

  13. 13
    25

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    Kensington, Australia

    Attended by: Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Baz Luhrmann

  14. 12
    25

    UCLA

    Los Angeles

    Attended by: Corbin Bernsen, Mark Harmon, George Takei. Dropouts: James Dean, Jack Black, Carol Burnett, Mariska Hargitay

  15. 11
    25

    Bristol Old Vic

    The U.K.

    Attended by: Daniel Day-Lewis, Patrick Stewart, Naomie Harris, Charlie Cox

  16. 10
    25

    USC

    Los Angeles

    Attended by: Forest Whitaker, Troian Bellisario, LeVar Burton, Swoosie Kurtz

  17. 9
    25

    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

    London

    Attended by: Julie Christie, Judi Dench, Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville, Natasha Richardson

  18. 8
    25

    Syracuse

    New York

    Attended by: Taye Diggs, Neal McDonough, Vanessa Williams, Vera Farmiga, Frank Langella, Jerry Stiller

  19. 7
    25

    Rutgers

    New Brunswick, N.J.

    Attended by: Calista Flockhart, Sebastian Stan, Kristin Davis

  20. 6
    25

    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

    London

    Attended by: David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Jim Broadbent, Dominic Cooper. Dropout: Chiwetel Ejiofor

  21. 5
    25

    Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

    London

    Attended by: Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Sean Bean, Ralph Fiennes

  22. 4
    25

    NYU/Tisch

    New York

    Attended by: Alden Ehrenreich, Alec Baldwin, Felicity Huffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman

  23. 3
    25

    Carnegie Mellon

    Pittsburgh

    Attended by: Josh Gad, Ted Danson, Matt Bomer, Megan Hilty, Holly Hunter

  24. 2
    25

    Northwestern

    Chicago

    Attended by: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Dropout: Warren Beatty

  25. 1
    25

    Juilliard

    New York

    Attended by: Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, William Hurt, Patti LuPone, Christine Baranski

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