The selection of an acting school largely depends on one's goals after graduation. Is the main goal to star in movies? Television? Broadway? Local theater? Location is a huge deciding factor for an acting school. Someone anxious to break right into New York's hot theater district might do well to narrow their search to schools in Manhattan, while a thespian set on local productions can look closer to home. While Los Angeles and New York are obvious choices to be close to the major markets, there are terrific schools spread all across the country. Beyond location, it is important to decide which type of school is best. A four-year college might offer acting training in conjunction with broader liberal arts instruction, while vocational schools can offer faster programs that focus solely on acting. No matter what kind of school one chooses, and regardless of location, other details that should not be overlooked include the institution's facilities (do they meet industry standards?), faculty (do they have experience in the industry?), instruction (should be hands-on in small class sizes), exposure (does the school have contacts with industry professionals?), and cost/financial aid. No school should require large up-front payments, nor should they force applicants to sign binding contracts, but all reputable acting schools will require an audition.