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Undergraduate Admission

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 (acting major) or interview (non-acting majors.)

The deadline to submit an application is February 1. For actors however, we strongly encourage them to submit their application and video prescreen by December 1. (All other application materials must be submitted by February 1.) Actors who submit prescreen videos between December 1 and February 1 might not be able to register for their first choice callback session.

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How to Apply

The first step is to submit the online application. Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email and gain access to your DePaul portal. The portal is where you can upload application materials and see a checklist of application materials needed for your program. Materials that can not be uploaded by the student (such as official transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation) can be emailed to or mailed to The Theatre School. For a detailed list of application requirements, please go to our Undergraduate Conservatory pages, select your major, and visit that program's "how to apply" page.

    Auditions and Interviews

    An audition or interview is required for all applicants to The Theatre School. Acting applicants must submit a prescreen video and receive a callback before registering for an in-person audition. Stage Management applications are prescreened and those applicants who pass the prescreen are invited to interview. There is no prescreen process for our other majors and all applicants to those programs must register for an interview as part of the admissions process.

    Audition and interview dates are announced on our website each summer and occur both on-campus and in regional locations. Applicants are provided with a link to access the registration page.

    Admissions Decisions

    There are no separate application rounds (early action, regular decision, etc.) or rolling admissions decisions for The Theatre School; all applicants learn of their admissions decision in mid-March after all callbacks and interviews have concluded. be communicated over the phone. Only applicants who have completed all admissions requirements (including a callback or interview) will be considered for admission.


    Every applicant to The Theatre School, provided they have 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.

    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.

    Financial Aid

    There are several types of need-based financial aid available to admitted students, including federal/state grants and loans. To be considered for a need-based financial aid package, applicants must submit a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA 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​. 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 communicated electronically to students only after they have been admitted to The Theatre School. Financial aid packages are sent separately from the admissions decision letter and generally arrive by April 1 if a student has submitted the FAFSA and any requested supporting documentation by February 15.


    The Theatre School's tuition is billed as a guaranteed package rate, which means 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 rate you paid for your first year of the program.) For current tuition rates, please visit DePaul University’s Tuition​ page.


    On-campus housing is pre-reserved for incoming Theatre School students, provided that you have enrolled and completed the housing application by the required deadline. Pre-reserved housing for Theatre School students consists of double occupancy rooms in a variety of residence halls across the Lincoln Park campus. There is not a theatre-specific dorm or hall, but it is likely that you will have a Theatre School roommate. Room and board costs at DePaul University typically average between $10,000 and $15,000 annually 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. 

    All students, including first year students, have the option of living off-campus. Off-campus students may also purchase meal plans.