How Dance Schools are Ranked in the US
In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges. While there is no specific ranking of undergraduate dance schools, national and international organizations such as US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) based in Shanghai, China, regularly publish general rankings designed to identify the "best" graduate and undergraduate schools and programs according to quality and value. Less "official" rankings can also be found in resources like StudentsReview, Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges, and Community College Week. Schools and programs may also be ranked by industry-specific publications such as Dance Teacher magazine, which may also have reports from student surveys about various schools and programs, all of which provide still more school or program "rankings." Professional associations--for example the Congress on Research in Dance--offer awards and honors, and looking at who they have honored from which institutions can also be used to supplement your 'ranking' of schools.
However, you should never judge based on rankings alone. Dance school rankings are important, but there may be other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Schools that are less prominent may have a program that might suit your needs better than any nationally ranked schools. Lesser known regional universities and colleges may also be a wise choice if you wish to remain close to home during your studies. Often times, these schools may have the strongest relationships with local companies and employers. Once you have accumulated this information, you could be able to create your own dance school rankings.
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