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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).

All students must submit their application materials by February 1. For actors however, we strongly encourage them to submit their application and video prescreen by December 1.

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How to Apply

The first step is to submit your application, indicating your intended major as one of our twelve undergraduate theatre programs. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email that will help you access your DePaul Portal.

The DePaul Portal is where you can view your application checklist and upload materials such as a portfolio, writing sample, or photograph. Materials that can not be uploaded directly by the student (such as official transcripts, test scores, or letters of recommendation) can be emailed to theatreadmissions@depaul.edu or mailed to the following address:

Theatre School Admissions
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

To view a list of application requirements for each major, visit our Conservatory pages. If you are an international applicant you should also visit our International Admission page for additional requirements. 

Auditions and Interviews

An interview is required for applicants to all non-acting programs. Stage management applications are pre-screened and those applicants who pass the pre-screen are invited to interview. Actors must submit a 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 Conservatory page and select your intended major to find more information about the audition or interview process for your major.

Admissions Decisions

There is no early action or rolling decisions for The Theatre School; all students 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). 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 sent separately from the admissions decision letter and are only communicated to students after they have been admitted to The Theatre School.

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 new undergraduate Theatre School students on the Lincoln Park campus, provided that you have enrolled and completed the housing application by the required deadline. 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 have the option of living off-campus. Off-campus students may also purchase meal plans.