Artists, musicians & actors applying to college

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Artists, musicians & actors applying to college

For students who are artists or musicians, or actors, I kind of put them in 2 categories; one is the student who really want to go professional, who want t go to a conservatory. And that student, whether be in music or drama, those schools have a very specific set of requirements that if you simply look up in the application, you’ll usually go to an audition, you’ll usually send them an arts resume’ and you will usually submit samples of your work. The other type of student though – Let’s say a student who’d been taking photography for 2 years, may not want to be a photographer but might want to minor it in college. Could that student submit materials? It depends on the school. A lot of schools will take submissions. So for that photographer, schools will usually say, “Give us 10-15 of your best photographs, upload them via our website; sometimes you can send them in via slide, but nowadays it’s usually online, and it’ll become part of the evaluation process. So they want to see whether you have a talent that they can use at that school. Other schools - Harvard, the UC schools will take any submissions. So again, from a student and parent’s perspective, it’s really good to be proactive. Get on the website, pick-up the phone and call an Admissions Office and ask whether their school will accept the portfolio because it can help your child get in.
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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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