Following are the top performing arts schools/colleges in the US:

University of Michigan
- Founded in 1880, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is one of the best performing arts schools in the United States. It is consistently ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation when compared with performance-oriented conservatories or academic departments of music.
- Michigan students continue to excel on national and international levels in all areas of the performing arts.

The Juilliard School
- The Juilliard School was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art. It is one of the world's most prestigious performing arts conservatories.
- It is an international school with students coming from every state and from foreign countries such as Canada, China, Australia, and more.

Texas Tech University
- The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University offers a wide array of programs and courses in art, music, theatre, and dance.
- Academic programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are accredited by the: National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Music; National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts
- It is a world-class performing arts college offering students professional training at its prestigious Music Conservatory and Theatre Conservatory.
- The College has students coming from across the country and around the world, creating a diverse and talented student body.

Georgetown University
- Georgetown’s Department of Performing Arts (DPA) is home to the undergraduate degree programs in American Musical Culture and Theater & Performance Studies with dozens of performing groups in all aspects of the performing arts (music, theater, dance and film).
- Georgetown University is placed among the nation’s top 25 universities in the 2009 undergraduate rankings released by the U.S. News and World Report.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes
Australia - Good Universities Guide, Graduate Management Association of Australia
Canada - Maclean's Guide, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, THES, Webometrics, Newsweek
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