An application to any of The Theatre School's twelve BFA majors is a two-part process that involves submitting the required application materials and participating in an audition or interview. All students must submit their application materials by February 1st and complete an audition or interview in order to be considered for admission. There is no regular decision or early action for The Theatre School; all students apply, audition/interview, and learn of their admissions decision on the same time-line.
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How to Apply
Visit our Conservatory page and select your intended major to find an application checklist customized to that program. If you are an international applicant you should also visit our International Admission page for additional requirements.
Auditions and Interviews
An in-person audition is required for all acting program applicants. An interview is required for applicants to all other programs except stage management. Stage management applications are pre-screened and those applicants who pass the pre-screen are invited to interview.
Audition and interview dates are announced on our website each September and typically occur between November and the end of February, both on-campus and in regional locations. Only students who have submitted their application can register for an audition or interview. Visit our Conservatory page and select your intended major to find information about the audition or interview requirements for that major.
Admissions decisions are made and communicated after all applicants have auditioned or interviewed. Decisions are communicated in writing and are mailed mid-March with a May 1 response deadline. Decisions cannot be communicated over the phone. Only applicants who have completed all admissions requirements will be considered for admission.
Every applicant to The Theatre School, provided he or she has completed all admissions application requirements, is automatically considered for a Theatre School Scholarship. These scholarships are based on a combination of both the applicant's academic record and audition or interview (depending on major).
Theatre School Scholarships generally range from $10,000 to $30,000 annually and are automatically renewable for up to four years, provided the student remains in good standing. Theatre School Scholarships are awarded in the admissions decision letter.
There are three types of need-based financial aid available to admitted students - federal/state grants, loans, and work study. To be considered for a need-based financial aid package, applicants must submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only application required for need-based financial aid and is not required for scholarship consideration.
The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 each year and can either be submitted through a hard copy - generally available from high school guidance counselor offices or college financial aid offices - or online at fafsa.ed.gov. To have your FAFSA results reported to The Theatre School, enter DePaul University's FAFSA code, 001671, in the college section.
We suggest you complete the FAFSA by February 15. Because financial aid packages are packaged on a first-come, first-served basis, submitting your FAFSA by this date will insure you receive full consideration for need-based financial aid. Financial aid packages are mailed separately from the admissions decision letter and are only mailed to students after they have been admitted to The Theatre School.
The Theatre School's tuition is billed as a guaranteed package rate, meaning you pay one flat fee each year for all of your coursework and production work. You are billed the same rate each year you are in a program up to the standard length of the program. In other words, your tuition rate is locked in at the tuition rate you pay in your first year of the program. For current tuition rates visit DePaul University’s Tuition page.
On-campus housing for undergraduate students is pre-reserved on the Lincoln Park campus provided you have been admitted to The Theatre School and have completed the housing application by the required deadline. Room and board costs at DePaul University average $12,000 annually (in addition to tuition costs), depending on which residence hall and meal plan you choose.
Visit the Department of Housing Services for more information about meal plans and residence halls, including virtual tours.