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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.

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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 upcoming 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.

Two students and a faculty member look at a tomato during ecology class

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

48

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
Oct
21

Creative Writing, Academy Student

Red Wheelbarrow Reading

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4 p.m.

The Writing House

Oct
21

Music, Academy Student

Interlochen Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:30 p.m.

Corson Auditorium

Oct
22

Visual Arts, Academy Student

Visual Arts: Thesis Pop-Up Exhibition Opening

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:30 p.m.

Dow Center for Visual Arts

Arts Academy News & Features

Meena Karimi
Composition by Arts Academy student Meena Karimi to be performed by the Chineke! Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre

“Dawn” portrays the dreams, hopes, and struggles of women and girls in Afghanistan today.

The Little Red Schoolhouse
Fostering creativity in unexpected places

From a small locker to a renovated schoolhouse, alternative gallery spaces on the Interlochen campus showcase visual art in new and innovative ways.

Claudillea (left) and Vivian Full
New song by Interlochen alumna Claudillea offers mental health message

With a music video directed by fellow alumna Vivian Full, “Don’t You Know?” serves as a gentle ode to perseverance through tough times.