UNCSA alumni who continue in their arts fields as well as those who choose to pursue other careers have benefited from their academic studies in the High School Academic Program or Undergraduate Academic Program. In addition to dancers, designers, actors and musicians, the ranks of UNCSA alumni include successful teachers, physicians, nurses, attorneys, business owners, bankers, corporate and non-profit leaders - and even a ballet dancer turned New York City fireman!
"I've found, almost without exception, that UNCSA grads working in the "outside world" are praised for their determination, self-reliance, sense of process and eye for efficiency. Why? Because taught alongside technique and repertory in the arts is a crucial frame of mind: critical thinking." -- Dean Smith, Music alumnus and performing arts critic.
Take, for example, a typical UNCSA high school graduating class. An impressive 85 percent enter four-year liberal arts colleges or conservatories, including: Antioch College, Appalachian State Univ., Art Institute of Boston, Atlanta College of Art, Auburn Univ., Bard College, Barnard College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Boston Univ., Brandeis Univ., Butler Univ., California Institute of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Cleveland Institute of Music, College of Charleston, College of Wooster, Colorado College, Columbia Univ., Cornell Univ., Cornish College of the Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, De Paul Univ., Duke Univ., East Carolina Univ., Emerson College, Emory Univ., Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), Florida State Univ., Georgetown Univ., George Washington Univ., Hampshire College, Hollins College, Howard Univ., Indiana Univ., Ithaca College, Juilliard School, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Mannes College of Music, Maryland Institute College of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, Michigan State Univ., Millikin Univ., Montserrat College of Art, Morehouse College, New England Conservatory of Music, New College of Florida, New School Univ., New York Univ. (Tisch School of the Arts), NC School of the Arts, NC State Univ., Northwestern Univ., Univ. of Notre Dame, Oberlin College, Oklahoma Univ., Otterbein College, Parsons School of Design, Peabody Conservatory, Pepperdine Univ., Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice Univ., Roosevelt Univ., Rutgers Univ., Salem College, San Francisco Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Smith College, Sorbonne Univ. (France), Southern Methodist Univ., Stanford Univ., SUNY-Albany, SUNY-Purchase, SUNY-Stony Brook, Swarthmore College, Temple Univ., Tufts Univ., UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Univ. of Chicago, Univ. of Cincinnati, Univ. of Evansville, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Hartford (The Hartt School), Univ. of Kentucky, Univ. of Louisville, Univ. of Mass.-Amherst, Univ. of Miami, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Richmond, Univ. of South Florida, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. of Texas-Austin, Univ. of Utah, Univ. of Virginia, Vanderbilt Univ., Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Wake Forest Univ., Washington Univ., Wellesley College, Western Carolina Univ., William and Mary.
2 percent enter two-year colleges, 8 percent enter professional careers and 5 percent pursue other goals.