Top 4 Drama Schools Keeping Future Oscar Winners Safe

Written by | Updated April 1, 2014

While some stars get discovered in the mall and shoot to instant success, many more put in years of work on their education to join the list of Hollywood’s fabulous and famous. While an impressive list of Oscar winners on a college’s list of alumni is important, it’s also crucial to make sure that wherever a future star goes to school has a safe environment in which to hone their craft.

Here are four top drama schools that aren’t acting when it comes to campus security.

1. The Julliard School

Perhaps the most well-known school of the arts in the country, Julliard has produced a legacy of award-winning alumni. In fact Julliard alumni have been honored with over 105 Grammy Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 62 Tony Awards, 16 Pulitzer Prizes, 24 Academy Awards and 12 National Medals for the Arts.

Since 1905, Julliard has upheld its commitment to “providing the highest caliber of artistic and educational experience to exceptionally talented young performing artists,” including such notable artists as Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams and Jessica Chastain. But when these A-listers were hitting the books instead of the red carpet, they couldn’t yet afford private security; thankfully Julliard performs well in the safety arena as well as on stage and screen. Campus security officers that have been certified by New York state monitor the campus at all times. And these officers might have a future in private security for a Hollywood up-and-comer, as there has been only one crime reported on campus in the past three reporting years.

2. Yale University

Yale is certainly known for the impressive smarts of its students and alumni, but this Ivy League university is making a big splash in Tinsel Town these days, most notably with two recent Oscar wins. The stunning Lupita Nyong’o, who nabbed a Best Supporting Actress statuette for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” even thanked the Yale School of Drama in her acceptance speech. In addition, Yale alum Robert Lopez scored Best Original Song for the “Frozen” ballad “Let It Go.”

But these aren’t the first Hollywood accolades for Yale; everyone’s favorite nominee, Meryl Streep, also graduated from this elite university. With so much talent to protect, it’s no wonder Yale takes student safety so seriously. The Department of Public Safety not only provides patrols, escorts and emergency response services, but also works to educate the college and surrounding communities in order to prevent crime and increase personal responsibility.

Twice per year the Yale Police Department offers a free, six-week Citizen’s Police Academy that gives participants an insider’s look at what it takes to keep Yale staff, students, faculty and visitors safe and sound.

Yale Image: Ad Meskens; CC by 3.0

3. Carnegie Mellon University

No other school of drama can lay claim to two of the hunky stars from “Magic Mike.” Both Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer are Carnegie Mellon graduates, proving that they are each more than just a pretty face. In addition, we have Carnegie Mellon to thank for helping prepare Zachary Quinto to take Spock from a stiff stick-in-the-mud to a hottie that gives Captain Kirk a run for his money when it comes to the ladies.

But it’s not all beefcake and intergalactic charm at this former institute of technology. Carnegie Mellon also takes pride in running a tight ship in regard to campus security. The Carnegie Mellon Police Department works 24/7 to keep students, faculty and staff from harm, responding to approximately 12,000 calls for service each year. Fortunately, most of those calls are not for serious concerns and the department helped keep the university free of murder, arson and hate crimes in 2012.

Carnegie Mellon University

4. The California Institute of the Arts

Founded on an early partnership with Walt Disney, it’s no wonder the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has its share of notable alumni. From Don Cheadle and Ed Harris to the multi-talented Katey Sagal, CalArts has a proud legacy of Hollywood movers and shakers. As the first institution in the country to grant degrees created specifically for the visual and performing arts, CalArts was a pioneer of fine arts education.

But this college isn’t blinded by the spotlight – CalArts doesn’t shirk its duty to ensure the safety of its students, staff and faculty. The Campus Safety Office works in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to provide patrols, first responder services, monitor alarms, enforce traffic regulations and offer round-the-clock campus escort services. Thanks to their diligence there were no murders, sex offenses or robberies reported on campus from 2010-2012.

California Institute of the Arts Image: Bobak; CC by 3.0

Do you know which safe college your favorite Hollywood star attended?

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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