Interlochen Arts Academy: Open House Events

Each academic year, the Office of Admission and Financial Aid warmly welcomes prospective students and families to visit campus during an open house event. Guests take part in a large group experience that fosters true exploration of the possibility of attending Interlochen Arts Academy. The day's schedule provides flexibility to move at your own pace, while anchored with thoughtful opportunities that bring the group back together. Learn more about the open house schedule and opportunities in the sections below.  If you are exploring the Academy for Fall 2016 or later, our Fall Open House will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, and our Winter Open House will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

Register to Attend

Registration for the Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, Open House is now available! Please register by clicking here. Registration for our Winter Open House on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, will open two months prior to the date of the event.

Sample Schedule of Events

The Academy Open House typically spans from 8 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., the end of the school day. We encourage guests to arrive for campus check-in between 8-8:30 a.m. A light continental breakfast will be provided, with a welcome meeting following right at 8:30 a.m.

This special group experience will also include an opportunity to:

  • Meet other families currently exploring Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Speak with a current student panel
  • Visit academic classes
  • Visit rehearsals, studios and other artistic classes
  • Meet faculty, staff and current students
  • Learn about campus life
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch and dinner at the Stone Cafeteria
  • Learn more about financial aid
  • Take the opportunity to have an artistic meeting, audition, or have your portfolio reviewed


We encourage guests to stay for an evening performance if possible!

Travel and Lodging

Interlochen Arts Academy is located on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern lower Michigan, about four hours northwest of Detroit. View map.

Below you’ll find information to help you plan your trip to Interlochen. Guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Delta, American and United Airlines service the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) which is only 30 minutes away from the Interlochen campus.

Some travelers might also want to compare other flight options. Sometimes it is more cost-effective to fly into other Michigan airports and drive to Interlochen. Below are the approximate drive times from the four closest major airports to Interlochen:

Grand Rapids (GRR) - 2.5 hours
Detroit Metro (DTW) - 4.5 hours
Chicago Midway (MDW) - 5 hours (depending on traffic and time of day)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) - 6 hours (depending on traffic and time of day)


A variety of lodging accommodations are available for Prospective Students:

Interlochen Housing:
Interlochen Center for the Arts offers a variety of on-campus overnight accommodations. You may choose the Stone Center Hotel, which is centrally located on campus and is newly renovated. Interlochen also offers cabin-style lodges. These range from rustic to luxurious, and from one-bedroom to three-bedroom units, nestled in the comfortable ambiance of the north woods. For guests staying on Interlochen's campus, a shuttle is available from Cherry Capitol Airport in Traverse City. To check rates and book online visit Stone Lodging: On-Campus Hotel, Cabins, and Lodges

Off-Campus Hotels:

Crystal Mountain Resort (20 minute drive time, located in scenic Benzie County)
12500 Crystal Mountain
Thompsonville, MI 49683

Park Place Hotel (30 minute drive time, located in downtown Traverse City)
(231) 946-5000
300 East State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

Baymont Inn & Suites (15 minute drive time, located near the Grand Traverse Mall)
(231) 933-4454
2326 US 31 South
Traverse City, MI 49684

Fairfield Inn & Suites (15 minute drive time, located near the Grand Traverse Mall)
(231) 922-7900
3701 North Country Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

Econo Lodge (12 minute drive time, located between Traverse City and Interlochen)
(231) 943-3040
1065 M 37 Highway
Traverse City, MI 49684

You may also find these local resources helpful as you make your arrangements:
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce

Other Opportunities to Visit

Individual Experience

We welcome prospective students and families to contact the Office of Admission to plan a customized visit day: 800.681.5912 or

Applications opening soon

We will begin accepting applications in fall 2015 for the 2016-17 academic year, which begins in September 2016.

Along with completing the application, all applicants must also submit an audition, portfolio, or complete an interview to be considered for their proposed major. Details can be found here: Arts Area Requirements