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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.)

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How to Apply

The first step is to submit the online application. Once your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email and gain access to your DePaul Portal where you can upload application materials and check the status of your application. Materials that can not be uploaded by the student (such as official transcripts, test scores, or letters of recommendation) can be emailed to theatreadmissions@depaul.edu or mailed to:
 
Theatre School Admissions
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

For a detailed list of application requirements for your program, please visit your major's "how to apply" page on our Undergraduate Conservatory page.

Auditions and Interviews

An audition or interview is required for all applicants to The Theatre School. Stage Management applications are pre-screened and those applicants who pass the pre-screen are invited to interview; there is no pre-screen process for our other non-acting majors and applicants to those programs can register for an interview after they have applied. Applicants to the Acting program must submit a prescreen video and receive a callback before registering for an in-person audition.

Audition and interview dates are announced on our website each summer and occur both on-campus and in regional locations. Only students who have submitted their application can register for an audition or interview. Visit our Undergraduate Conservatory page and select your intended major to find more information about the audition or interview process for your program.

Admissions Decisions

There are no separate application rounds (like early action) or rolling decisions for The Theatre School; all applicants learn of their admissions decision in mid-March after all auditions and interviews have concluded. Decisions are communicated electronically (through your DePaul Portal) and admitted applicants have 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.

Scholarships

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.

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 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 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.

Tuition

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. Additionally, 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 paid for your first year of the program.) For current tuition rates, please visit DePaul University’s Tuition​ page.

Student Housing

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.