An application to any of The Theatre School's 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.) Students should begin the application process the fall before they plan to enroll.
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December 1: Prescreen Deadline (BFA Acting and BFA Stage Management only)
February 1: Application Materials Deadline (all BFA programs)
How to Apply
To begin, submit an online application
to DePaul University and select a Theatre School major as your intended major. Within 24 hours of submitting an application, you will gain access to the Blue Demon Domain
where you will upload application materials (such as a portfolio or prescreen video) and complete the admissions process. Click on a major below to view information about application requirements for that program:
The Theatre School admits a diverse population of students and encourages applicants inclusive of all gender and sexual identities and expressions, including their intersection with racial and ethnic identities, as well as the multiplicity of identities in our ever-evolving society. For more on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, read our diversity action statement.
Auditions and Interviews
An audition or interview is required for all Theatre School applicants. Only applicants who have submitted an application will have access to the audition/interview registration system. (Note: BFA Acting applicants and BFA Stage Management applicants will also need to pass a prescreen. There is no prescreen process for our other majors.) Audition and interview dates and locations are announced on our website each summer.
There are no separate application rounds or rolling
admissions decisions for The Theatre School; all applicants learn of their admissions
decision in mid-March. Decisions are communicated electronically through the Blue Demon Domain and admitted applicants have a May 1 response deadline. Decisions cannot be communicated over the phone.
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.
Every admitted Theatre School applicant is awarded a Theatre School Scholarship. These scholarships are based on a combination of both the applicant's academic record and audition or interview, and all students are automatically considered for the scholarship provided that they have completed all admissions application requirements.
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 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.
On-campus housing is guaranteed for incoming Theatre School students, provided that you have enrolled and completed the housing application by the required deadline. On-campus housing for new 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 $12,000 and $15,000 annually depending on which residence hall and meal plan you choose. Visit the Department of Housing 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. Students living off-campus have the option to purchase meal
plans but are not required to do so.
For answers to many common questions about applying, please visit the Admission FAQ. Students looking to learn more about any particular program before applying are encouraged to explore our Undergraduate Conservatory pages.