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Undergraduate Admission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Theatre School community consists of artists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We admit a diverse population of students and encourage 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 information about our ongoing work in diversity and inclusion, read our diversity action statement.

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Timeline & Deadlines

All Theatre School applicants, including transfer students, follow the same admissions timeline. The Theatre School does not use Early Action. 

August 1
Admissions application opens
October 1
Financial aid application (FAFSA) opens
December 1
Prescreen Deadline (Acting and Stage Management only)
An application must be submitted in order to submit prescreen materials
February 1
Application Deadline (all non-Acting, non-Stage Management majors)
All application materials must be received by the application deadline
Admissions decisions and Theatre School Scholarships released
April 1
Need-based financial aid packages released

Audition & Interview Dates

Application Process

To apply to The Theatre School, you must submit DePaul University's online application and list one of The Theatre School's BFA programs as your intended major. Once this is received, you will gain access to the Blue Demon Domain to complete the admissions process. You must submit all application materials by the deadline and complete an audition or interview in order to be considered for admission.

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Application Requirements (All Majors)

The first step is to submit an online application to DePaul University, listing your intended major as one of The Theatre School's majors. There is no application fee to apply to DePaul University. Applicants receive a confirmation email and gain access to the Blue Demon Domain (DePaul's application status portal) within 24 hours after submitting the online application.

Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office. If you have taken college credit courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit, please have your official college transcripts sent to us as well. We stronly prefer to receive electronic/emailed transcripts.

Transfer students who have completed over 30 college credits or who are 24 years or older are not required to include high school transcripts alongside their college transcripts unless requested.

International applicants may need to provide transcript translations.

BFA Acting applicants must submit one letter of recommendation; all other majors must submit three letters of recommendation.

Request your letter(s) of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School such as a teacher, director, or employer. They should not be family members or personal friends. There is no specific form required for the letter of recommendation. Your recommender may send their letter to us by email or through The Common Application. Although we prefer electronic copies, we can also receive hard-copies if your recommender must mail their letter.

Most applicants can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. Homeschooled applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. International students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency and can visit our international admissions page for a list of tests that fulfill this requirement.

If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency forward a score report to DePaul. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. Learn more about applying test optional.

A photograph is used for identification purposes and does not need to be an official headshot. This will be uploaded by the applicant through the Blue Demon Domain.

There is a $65 fee that must be paid through the Blue Demon Domain before you can upload your major-specific materials and begin the audition or interview process. The Theatre School offers fee waivers for students with financial need.

Major-Specific Requirements

BFA Acting applicants will also need to complete our two-step audition process which consists of a video prescreen and a callback audition.

You must submit the online application before you can submit the prescreen materials through the Blue Demon Domain. The prescreen materials (audition fee, prescreen video, and photograph) must all be submitted by December 1 in order for you to be considered for a callback. Callbacks take place in January and February.

For more information, visit our BFA Acting "how to apply" page.

Students applying to a major within our Design/Technology Department will also need a resume, portfolio and interview(Stage Management applicants will also need a Stage Management essay and to pass a prescreen prior to registering for an interview. There is no prescreen for our other design/tech majors.)

For non-stage management applicants, the resume and portfolio must be submitted before you can register for an interview.

Because of the variety of experiences and backgrounds our applicants have, there is no one right way to craft your resume or portfolio for us. We want you to share experiences and examples of your work that are relevant to the major to which you are applying. These examples could come from productions, volunteer experience, class assignments, independent projects, etc. Your resume and portfolio will be the focus of your interview.

For more detailed information about your major's requirements, click on your major:

Students applying to a major within our Theatre Studies Department will also need a resume, writing sample, and interview. (Comedy Arts students will also need to submit a video of a comedic performance.) The resume, writing sample, and comedic performance video (if applicable) must be submitted before you may register for an interview.

Please click on your major below to learn more about its requirements and guidelines for these materials:

How Do I Submit Materials?

Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores should be emailed or sent electronically (Common Application, Naviance, etc.) to The Theatre School Admissions Office and should come from the person/institution that issued them, not the applicant. All other materials can be submitted by the applicant through the Blue Demon Domain.

To see the status of your application materials, view the checklist on your Blue Demon Domain. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received before the deadline.

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Transfer Applicants

Potential transfer students should read our transfer student FAQ to determine whether transferring into our conservatory makes sense for their academic plan. Current DePaul students who are looking to change their major to a Theatre School program should also read the transfer FAQ.

International Applicants 

International applicants should visit our international theatre admissions page for additional resources and information about the admissions process.