EXCLUSIVE: Miranda Cosgrove Preps for First Tour and College

As if a new Max Martin-produced single, a hit TV show, and an upcoming headlining tour weren’t enough for Miranda Cosgrove, the 17 year-old is simultaneously preparing for what may be the biggest task of all: college.

“I’m kind of leaning toward (University of Southern California) for two years, (New York University) for two years – that’s the ultimate dream,” revealed Cosgrove on “The Ralphie Radio Show” of her collegiate aspirations. “It’d be nice just to like, get kind of used to college and still be by my family and then, take a big leap and go to New York.”

Cosgrove is filling out applications in between radio shows and other professional commitments. As an alumnus of Syracuse University – I wondered who Cosgrove would tab to write her letters of recommendation… perhaps a label mate at Columbia Records?

“That would be so cool… I’m going to do that after this!” Cosgrove joked after I suggested specifically she text Columbia’s Lee Leipsner and inquire if he could put in a good word with Steven Tyler. “(I’ll get) all of Aerosmith.”


Before joking about calling in a few favors, Cosgrove said she wasn’t sure who would write the letters. She also was unaware that she would have to write a separate set of essays for each application. The “iCarly” star is applying to “about six” different schools – and I’m sure you’ve heard of a few of ‘em.

“Let’s see… Yale, Berkeley,” she listed, in addition to of course the aforementioned USC and NYU. “I don’t know why, going in, I thought you just had to write one really major essay.”

Cosgrove will have plenty of time to both write essays and grow accustomed to being away from home next year, when she kicks off her “Dancing Crazy Tour” – a 22 date trek that kicks off in Kansas City on January 24. YouTube star turned “Ellen” show sweetheart Greyson Chance will serve as the opening act for the show, which wraps February 24 in Anaheim.

“I’m excited – this is my first time on a bus,” Cosgrove noted. “I think I’m going to bring one of my best friends with me and my mom, so it’s gonna be really cool.”

The “Kissin U” singer is no stranger to traveling – she recently returned from Sweden where she collaborated with super-producer Martin (Britney Spears, Pink… everyone on the radio). The visit overseas yielded the title track for this upcoming tour.

“It’s called ‘Dancing Crazy’ so it’s a really fun song. I kind of just wanted to do a song that like, people could just drive around with their tops down and just put it on and have a really good time.”

Ironic given that Cosgrove doesn’t have her driver’s license yet – but good luck penciling that in to her schedule.

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