Considering a career in entertainment, but still want that “A Different World” experience that your friends and family will probably never stop bragging about? If so, then you may want to consider these eight colleges and universities. While Juilliard, Yale, NYU, Berklee, and others are often lobbied as the best choices for students who want to pursue careers in acting, music, directing, and more—there are also credible HBCUs that have not only put major names on the big & small screens and concert stage, but also behind the scenes as executives at major networks, agencies, studios, and music companies.
A number of factors were considered when compiling this list. In entertainment, it is widely accepted that what you decide to major in “doesn’t matter”; however, there are some majors that may better equip you with skills to succeed within the industry. The locations of the colleges and universities were also taken into account, as proximity to or presence in major markets plays a significant role in the types of opportunities students may (or may not) be able to access. Of additional relevance are the types of companies where graduates in entertainment are currently employed, as well as famous/notable alumni.
6Morgan State University
As the second-oldest HBCU in the state of Maryland (and oldest in Baltimore), Morgan State has long been home to a variety of students who have a passion for arts and entertainment. Among its alumni and past attendees are Oscar-winner Mo’Nique, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr., and filmmaker David E. Talbert (First Sunday, Baggage Claim, and the forthcoming Almost Christmas). The university’s alumni also work at a variety of music companies, including RCA Records, Atlantic Records, and Def Jam.