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LET’S TALK ABOUT VALUES Interlochen Arts Academy’s student body is comprised of unique, talented, and empathetic young artists. Together with their faculty and staff, our students uphold a community that is: INSPIRING NURTURING TRANSFORMATIVE ENLIGHTENING RESILIENT Through intensive arts training and inspiring academics, Academy students hone their talent, expand their capacity, and forge unbreakable bonds. They emerge with strong focus, refined skills, and the confidence to fully pursue their aspirations. At Interlochen, you’ll discover how to transform passion and potential into purpose.
LET’S TALK ABOUT ARTS MAJORS Boarding and day students at Interlochen Arts Academy major in one of seven arts disciplines: INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CREATIVE WRITING DANCE FILM AND NEW MEDIA MUSIC THEATRE ARTS VISUAL ARTS While Arts Academy students can choose only one major, opportunities for multi-disciplinary study and collaboration abound. Academy students are encouraged to explore elective classes, enroll in our new Interdisciplinary Arts course, and collaborate with fellow students—both inside and outside the classroom.
LET’S TALK ABOUT FACULTY Our faculty are dedicated to helping you reach your goals—whether you choose to pursue a career in the arts or any other field. At Interlochen, you’ll be mentored by acclaimed instructors who have performed in major orchestras, danced professionally, published novels, produced films, exhibited work in major galleries, and taught at colleges and conservatories across the globe. With small class sizes, you’ll receive daily, one-on-one instruction from these world-class experts. Our academic faculty will guide you through an accelerated course of study designed to complement your arts education and prepare you for college. With years of experience working with young artists, the academic faculty at Interlochen understand how the arts can unlock your potential in the sciences and humanities.
LET’S TALK ABOUT
STUDENT RESOURCES ACADEMIC
Comprehensive college-preparatory classes equip students for future success—in any field. Academic instructors collaborate to provide a holistic approach to learning where math, science, history, and literature complement our students’
ACADEMIC AND COLLEGE COUNSELING The Academic and College
Counseling department guides student academic scheduling and preparation, as well as the college selection and
application process. Counselors are available for appointments throughout the class day.
creativity. For accelerated students, Interlochen offers several Advanced Placement courses; additional Advanced Placement offerings are
ACADEMIC CENTER FOR ENRICHMENT (ACE)
available online. We also offer dual-enrollment
The Academic Center for
courses through Indiana University’s Advance College Program. These courses fulfill high school graduation requirements and provide college credits that are accepted at most universities.
Enrichment is the home of
Interlochen’s student academic
support services. There are four programs to address distinct
areas of need: Interlochen 101,
Advanced Study, Assisted Study, and Tutoring Services.
The Bonisteel Library advances
Interlochenâ€™s counselors act
the Interlochen community
well-being, and as valuable
passion for the arts by providing
as advocates for student
with a diverse and evolving
resources for their educational
collection, knowledgeable and
advancement. They work with
responsive staff, comfortable and
students, families, faculty,
inviting facilities, and current and
and staff to support studentsâ€™
emotional health and success.
Health Services is open 16
The mission of the advisory
of illness and injuries, and
and support to all Interlochen
hours per day for treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for urgent matters. Other services include
specialist referrals, prescriptions, and on-site physical therapy.
program is to provide guidance students. Every student is
assigned an advisor who serves
as a mentor and sounding board.
LET’S TALK TO STUDENTS
Sure, we can tell you what life at the Academy is like, but we thought you’d like to hear from the experts. Nobody understands the Interlochen experience better than our students. Here’s what they have to say about living and learning at Interlochen.
FILM AND NEW MEDIA
“Everyone is so talented–– including you! You’re here to create and nurture your art, but remember to make friends and smell the roses. This campus is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever encountered.”
“Being at Interlochen has been the greatest experience of my life. Not only have I grown as an artist, but I would not be the person I am today if I had not come to school here.”
“Interlochen is a place to learn and grow; take advantage of every opportunity given to you. Say hi to everyone because you never know with whom you’ll become friends. And most importantly, enjoy the experience while it lasts— you’ll be walking the stage of Kresge before you know it.”
“Interlochen is a place of infinite possibilities and experiences not found anywhere else. Here, you find yourself immersed in a beautiful artistic energy, and it’s impossible not to take some of that with you. To be surrounded by art teaches you something nothing else can.”
“Dive right in and meet as many students as you can across all arts disciplines. You should also take the opportunity to attend as many different concerts and performances as you can. Be open and willing to new suggestions from your teachers and peers, but most importantly, enjoy and cherish your time at Interlochen.”
“Whether you are going to be here for one year or four, the start of the year at Academy is a unique and exhilarating experience every single time. Take care to live every moment of it, and have fun. You are starting something that will change the entire course of your life, and it’s going to be amazing.”
“Here I’ve been allowed the space to learn, grow, play, make mistakes, and thrive. It has made me who I am and prepared me to contribute to the world.”
LET’S TALK ABOUT SUPPORT Interlochen students are self-reliant and independent, but we’ll provide structure and stability to help you adapt to Academy life. You’ll have the support of a dedicated residence life team as you learn to manage priorities and develop life skills. You’ll also have a full-time hall staff to foster community and strengthen peer relationships. At Interlochen, we believe that a healthy mind begins with a healthy body. Our Health Services Center, staffed 24/7 by nurses and medical providers, looks after your well-being. Other members of our wellness team include a nutritionist, physical therapist, and certified yoga instructor. On-campus wellness resources include a therapy whirlpool, rock climbing wall, cycling studio, and more.
LETâ€™S TALK ABOUT NORTHERN MICHIGAN Interlochen is situated on a 1,200-acre campus in northwest lower Michigan. Our campus is just 15 miles from Traverse City, only minutes away from world-class restaurants, hospitals, and shopping. Traverse City is also home to the Cherry Capital Airport, which provides easy access to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis. Northern Michigan experiences all four seasons, so plan for a full range of weather. Autumns are brisk and beautiful (the area is a noted destination for fall colors). Winters in northern Michigan are crisp and snowy, with many opportunities to enjoy winter sportsâ€“including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. Interlochen enjoys vibrant, temperate springs.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY Interlochen is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and training students to be responsible stewards of our natural resources. In 2019, Interlochen was selected as one of only 53 schools to receive the U.S. Department of Education “Green Ribbon School” designation. Campus-wide sustainability efforts include a new commercial-grade composting facility, single-stream recycling, and more. Two hoophouses provide produce for the Arts Academy cafeteria and a local food pantry. Arts Academy students have access to Interlochen’s state-of-the-art botanical complex, which includes the hoophouses, a botanical laboratory, pollinator garden, chicken coop, and more. The complex is utilized in both biology and ecology courses. Students who wish to learn more about sustainability can also enroll in the Agricultural Science elective.
LET’S TALK ABOUT RECREATION When you’re not in class or rehearsal, there are plenty of ways to unwind. The Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness is a hub for fun. Work out, hang with friends in the game room, tackle the climbing wall, or join a pick-up basketball game. Our recreation staff plan a variety of activities, such as game tournaments, holiday parties, dances, and more. They also arrange trips to nearby Traverse City for movies, shopping, and special events. Interlochen traditions include the “House Clash” competition, the “Street Beat” carnival, and our answer to prom, MORP.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Looking for friends with similar interests? Student organizations are a great place to find them. They’re also a fantastic opportunity to connect with classmates outside your own major. With groups ranging from athletic teams to service organizations, you’re sure to find a student organization that’s right for you. And if you want to create your own student group—go for it!
The Audio Drama Club
offers students an outlet to write, produce, direct, and act in audio dramas.
The Jewish Student Union
is a place where students—both Jewish and not—celebrate the Jewish heritage through engaging activities.
Students Demand Action
is a student advocacy group campaigning for common-sense gun laws.
The Black Student Union educates, informs, and helps all students on campus with issues regarding race.
The Autism Acceptance Group provides a safe space for students on the autism spectrum to talk about life with autism and educate others.
The Traditional Chinese Art Club
explores Chinese artforms spanning genres of visual arts, dance, and music.
The Theatre Depot
focuses on developing and producing original theatrical work that is inclusive and thought-provoking.
The Interlochen Podcast Cooperative (IPC)
provides opportunities for students to develop, produce, and share podcasts.
The Fighting Blueberries
are Interlochenâ€™s in-house club sports teams. The boys basketball and girls volleyball teams compete with teams from across northwest lower Michigan.
Junior State of America provides a respectful forum for curious students to discuss diverse beliefs.
The People of Color Student Union (POCSU) unites students of color (and other interested students) to discuss issues that affect people of color.
The Young Feminist Club
educates students on topics concerning feminism and equality through presentations and respectful discussion.
The Student Sustainability Club
promotes sustainability and environmental ethics on the Interlochen campus and within the local community.
seek to better our region through service activities and fostering relationships between Interlochen Arts Academy students and the local community.
ABOUT FOOD Stone Dining Hall offers a wide menu selection, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. In addition to our hot entrees, a variety of cold food items, vegetables, and fruits are available. We encourage you to be creative and develop your own recipes. Here are a few of our faves to get you started.
VEGGIE HUMMUS PANINI
GRIDDLE STIR FRY
V, GF/VG OPTION
1 spoonful of hummus
3 parts soy sauce
1 slice provolone cheese (optional)
1 part sesame oil
1 small handful of arugula
1 part honey
Veggies of choice (i.e. mushroom and peppers)
Dash of ground ginger and garlic powder
2 slices of whole grain or gluten-free bread
Spread one side of each piece of bread with hummus. Add the cheese, veggies, and greens and top with the second slice of bread. Lightly
4 parts rice vinegar
Your choice of salad bar veggies Your choice of protein (i.e. tofu or chicken) White or brown rice
apply a fresh coat of nonstick spray to the panini
Use a small spoon to measure sauce ingredients
press (vegetarian/vegan press available) and grill
into a cup. On the cafeteria griddle, saute veggies
until golden on each side.
and protein in a little olive oil, stirring occasionally.
* Please note: Use of the panini presses and griddles may not be suitable for those with severe food allergies.
As veggies soften, add rice and sauce, cooking until veggies are tender but vibrant.
PANINI PRESS CALZONE
SPINACH MUSHROOM PASTA
V, VG OPTION
GF, V/VG OPTION
GF, V/VG OPTION
1 scoop of spaghetti sauce
Black or pinto beans
2 scoops feta or mozzarella cheese (optional)
1 scoop of artichokes
Dash of dried basil
Cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 large scoop of baby spinach
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
2 scoops of mushrooms
Grilled chicken strips (optional)
Dashes of dried basil, thyme, and black pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Open the top end of your pita and fill it with one scoop of spaghetti sauce, two scoops of feta
2 scoops white or brown rice
Hot sauce (optional)
Cooked GF pasta (found on the salad bar)
Fill a large bowl with pasta and microwave on
and/or mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato, a small
In a large bowl, get two scoops of white or
high for one minute. Set aside. Saute mushrooms
handful of spinach, and a dash of dried basil.
brown rice from the hot line. Add beans from the
and artichokes with a little olive oil on the
Lightly apply a fresh coat of nonstick spray to the
salad bar and microwave on high for 90 seconds.
griddle. Once veggies are tender, add spinach
panini press (vegetarian/vegan press available)
In the meantime, slice up the cherry tomatoes.
and cook until wilted. Toss with pasta and a small
and grill until the cheese is melted.
Once the beans are warm, add the rest of the
amount of olive oil, black pepper, dried basil,
toppings to the bowl and finish with hot sauce.
and thyme. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR INVESTMENT We are committed to making an Interlochen education possible for each and every talented student with the promise and potential to thrive here. Both merit and need-based aid are available. • 74% of students who attend Interlochen Arts Academy receive financial aid • $13 million in scholarships and aid is awarded annually • Both merit and need-based aid is available for domestic and international students Contact us for more information. PHONE 231.276.7472 | 800.681.5912 toll-free EMAIL email@example.com
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION Are you ready to take the next step? Here’s how to apply: 1. Fill out the application at application.interlochen.org. 2. Submit your portfolio or record your audition. You can also audition in-person during a campus visit or one of our regional auditions. 3. Complete your FAST Financial Aid application and submit the required documentation. DEADLINES
• Early Decision Deadline: Nov. 1 • Regular Decision Deadline: Jan. 15 • Rolling admission based on program availability after Jan. 15 Contact the Office of Admission if you have any questions. PHONE 231.276.7472 | 800.681.5912 toll-free EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
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of graduates were accepted into one of their top-three colleges
AP and college courses available on campus, and even more online
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colleges per academic year actively recruit on Interlochenâ€™s campus
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student-run clubs and organizations
180+ guest artists each year
Learn more about life at Interlochen Arts Academy! Our viewbook explores campus life, arts, academics, financial aid, student services, and...
Published on Oct 14, 2019
Learn more about life at Interlochen Arts Academy! Our viewbook explores campus life, arts, academics, financial aid, student services, and...