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Why Interlochen Arts Academy 

2021/2022 Arts Academy applications are currently closed. 2022/2023 applications open in October.

Here, learning extends far beyond the classroom. You'll work with world-renowned faculty who'll become treasured mentors. You'll find kindred spirits who'll reveal other parts of yourself. You'll enjoy experiences that will help you grow in ways you never thought possible.

At Interlochen, you'll unlock potential and find the confidence to push against your own limitations. Immersed in nature and surrounded by a global community of like-minded artists, you'll discover a high school you may only have dreamed about.

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Want to learn more about Interlochen Arts Academy? Chat with current students, meet your faculty, and find answers to your questions at one of our virtual admission events. 

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Interdisciplinary. Interactive. Interwoven.

At Interlochen Arts Academy, transformation happens everywhere — from the classroom to your residence hall, from the studio to the stage. Our holistic, integrated education prepares you for a life of purpose and promise within — and beyond — the arts. Learn more about The Interlochen 5.

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Academic Life

Balance Intellectual Pursuit and Personal Growth

You’ll get an education that’s intellectually rigorous but so much more. Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of creativity, empathy, resilience, and connection. Skills that will serve you well in college — and in life.

Two Interlochen Arts Academy students scale the climbing wall at the Dennison Center

Residence Life

Immerse Yourself in a One-of-a-Kind Environment

You'll be inspired by the natural beauty of our campus and invigorated by our state-of-the-art facilities. You'll live in a community that fosters constant creativity and collaboration. You'll also have a whole lot of fun with classmates who will both challenge and support you - and become your lifelong friends.

Students relax in the Music Center lounge between classes at Interlochen Arts Academy

Artistic Life

Do What You Love, Better than Before

Here you’ll find everything you need to master your craft: from superior equipment and resources, to personalized instruction from artists who excel in their fields. You’ll practice, perfect, and perform your art constantly.

By the Numbers

96%

of Interlochen graduates are accepted into one of their top three colleges

46

Presidential Scholars graduated from Interlochen

100%

of Interlochen students graduated during the last five academic years

College Matriculation

At Interlochen Arts Academy, we have a history of success. Our students go on to attend top colleges, universities, and conservatories. Here are a few of the institutions our students matriculated to in the last two years:

  • Bard College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Emerson College
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The Juilliard School
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Pace University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Stanford University
  • University of California
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University

Shane's journey to the number-one film "The Wretched"

Film & New Media graduate Shane Bagwell leveraged his Interlochen connections to land a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Arts Academy Concerts & Events
Sep
24

Music, Academy Student

Arts Academy Singer-Songwriter First Fall Concert

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 7:30 p.m.

Kresge Auditorium $12 Full Price; $9 Student

Oct
1

Collaborative, Academy Student

Arts Academy "Collage"

Friday, October 1, 2021 - 7:30 p.m.

Corson Auditorium $30 Full Price; $14 Student

Oct
2

Collaborative, Academy Student

Arts Academy "Collage"

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 2 p.m.

Corson Auditorium Closed performance. Only open to Arts Academy families.

Arts Academy News & Features

Oaklee Thiele, a petite dark-haired woman, smiles as she sits cross-legged in front of several large, black-and-white banners.
Creating a more accessible world

An exhibition by Arts Academy alum Oaklee Thiele at the Grand Rapids Art Museum amplifies the voices of those who often feel forgotten or pushed aside by society.

Photo of Solomon Sigmon
Recent Interlochen Arts Academy graduate to be featured on ‘From the Top’

Clarinetist Solomon Sigmon will be featured in the program the week of Sept. 6.

Andy Hiss
Interlochen mourns the loss of beloved Film & New Media instructor Andy Hiss

A member of the Interlochen family for over 10 years, Hiss was a cherished teacher, mentor, collaborator, and friend who touched the lives of hundreds of emerging artists.