Come Visit Us!

We welcome prospective students and their families to visit our campus and explore the magic of Interlochen! Campus visits allow the opportunity for you to see what it is really like to be a student and to make sure Interlochen is a good fit. We offer three types of Campus Visits: half-days, full-days, or the Open House.

Campus Visit Opportunities

Open House Events

We encourage prospective students and families to attend our Open House for the ideal Interlochen visit experience! This year our Open House is on Friday, October 24th, coinciding with the Future of Cinema Film Festival.

Details and registration coming soon.

Individual Experience

Personalized visit days can be arranged by contacting Please include the student's name, graduation year, arts area of interest, and suggested dates of availability.

Prospective students often participate in the following during their visit:

  • Shadow a current Academy student through-out the school day
  • Spend time in academic classes
  • Meet current students
  • Visit rehearsals, studios and other artistic classes
  • Meet faculty
  • Learn about campus life and see our residence halls
  • Enjoy a meal at the Stone Cafeteria
  • Learn more about financial aid
  • Take the opportunity to have an artistic meeting, audition, or have your portfolio reviewed
  • Attend an evening performance (see Performance and Events calendar)

Prepare for your Visit

To help prepare for your campus visit:
1. Choose your primary Arts Area of Interest.
2Request Information: Add youself to our database to receive admission material by mail and email. This will ensure that as you explore the possiblity of Interlochen, you'll be kept up-to-date with information relating to the application process and your arts area of interest.
3. Thoroughly Review Website: Watch recent video, read current campus news, dive into our academic course listing, or enjoy reading about Interlochen's history.
4. Contact Office of Admission and Financial Aid to meet your admission counselor, request a particular date to visit*, or ask questions about the application process.

*Individual experiences are scheduled by our recruitment coordinator.

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 under 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

Apply Now!

We are now welcoming applications for the 2014-15 academic year, which begins in September 2014. Apply now to the Academy!

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  

Meet the Admission Team

Jerrod Price
Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Catherine Creighton
Admission Counselor: Visual Arts, General Arts, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Motion Picture Arts

Donovan Entrekin
Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid Counselor

Kirsten Gamb
Admission Counselor: Dance, Strings, Theatre Arts

Mica Harrison
Recruitment Coordinator

Sara Holliday
Admission Counselor

Janet Morris
Admission Counselor: Singer-Songwriter, Voice, Piano, Harp, Jazz, Rock (Summer Arts Camp only), Composition, Guitar, Creative Writing

Jaime Weidner
Data Coordinator & International Student Advisor

Barbara A. Wilcox
Admission Coordinator
Admission Counselor: Comparative Arts