All of your application materials must be electronically sent or postmarked no later than two weeks prior to your interview date or February 1, whichever date is earlier.
The first step is to submit the online application. There is no application fee. Applicants receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to access their DePaul Portal after they submit the online application.
Submit a resume listing your theatrical experience and/or any related experience (employment, internships, activities, etc.) You will need to upload your resume and writing sample to your DePaul Portal before you are able to sign up for an interview.
The writing sample may be a play, scene, story, poetry, essay, or any other example of your creative writing ability. You will need to upload your resume and writing sample to your DePaul Portal before you are able to sign up for an interview.
An interview is required for all applicants to the BFA Playwriting program. If possible, applicants should interview on one our scheduled interview dates, however a phone or Skype interview is also possible. The $50 interview fee must be paid online when making your interview reservation to confirm your appointment. Read more about the interview.
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.
If you are a transfer applicant and have completed at least 30 hours of college credit or are 24 years or older, high school transcripts are not required.
You can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. 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, if you have not already done so. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165.
If you choose to apply test optional, you are required to submit answers to several short essay questions as part of the online application. Learn more about applying test optional.
If you are a transfer applicant and have completed at least 30 hours of college credit or are 24 years old or older, test scores are not required.
THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Request three letters 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 from 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 mail or email, or your counselor may use the High School Counselor Recommendation Form on The Common Application.
APPLICATION STATUS CHECK
Application materials can be mailed, emailed, or uploaded through your DePaul Portal. To check the status of your application materials, view the checklist on your DePaul Portal or call The Theatre School Admissions Office at (773) 325-7999. Please allow at least three weeks from the time you send in your materials before requesting a status check.
Materials submitted to DePaul University by applicants or guidance counselors via Common App, Naviance, or other electronic sources will be received by The Theatre School Admissions. You do NOT need to send them to us again.