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Why Interlochen Arts Academy 

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.


Applications open now until Jan. 15

The regular decision deadline for the 2023-2024 academic year is Jan. 15, 2023. Applications will remain open after the deadline as space permits.

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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

50

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
Arts Academy Concerts & Events
Dec
9

Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium

Dec
10

Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium

SOLD OUT

Dec
10

Dance, Academy Student

"The Nutcracker"

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Corson Auditorium

Arts Academy News & Features

The Same But Different, a work by Marlene Schwier
Interlochen students and alumni shine in 2023 YoungArts Competition

24 current and former Interlochen Arts Academy students, 30 Interlochen Arts Camp alumni, and six Interlochen Online participants were honored in one of the nation’s leading competitions for young artists.

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“Write the book that burns inside of you”: Carmen Maria Machado on finding inspiration in writing

Machado shares about her unique writing practice and offers guidance to young authors.

Matthew Schlomer conducts the IAA Wind Symphony during Sounds of the Season
Christmas beneath the pines: Interlochen Arts Academy students celebrate the season with three festive performances

Experience spectacular, family friendly performances of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ Sounds of the Season, and Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ at Interlochen Center for the Arts.