1. Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, Ga.
Program: In addition to the usual theater major courses on offer, Emory University includes professional theater company Theater Emory, which partners undergraduates with performing arts professionals to put on shows; Tuition: $58,180; Professional opportunities: Atlanta has turned into one of the busiest film and TV hubs in the country over the last few years. In addition to shows such as Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and the film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” the city plays host to the studios of the prolific Tyler Perry. Students working toward their degrees could potentially also pick up credits (and money) on the side as background extras, at the very least.