Application Process


 
Admission Contact Information
Notifications
Deadlines
Admission Criteria
Application Checklist
Transfer and International Applicants
Home School Policy
Early Admission                          

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Admissions Contact Information
The University of the Arts' application for admission is available online only. All application materials should be sent to the Office of Admissions, not to the program to which you are applying. Please be sure to include your full name on each item you submit. 

Mailing Address:
Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9762

Fax:
215-717-6045

E-mail Address:
admissions@uarts.edu

Notifications
For questions or concerns regarding your application, please feel free to contact your Admissions Counselor directly, or contact the Office of Admissions at 215-717-6049, or 800-616-2787, ext. 6049.

Deadlines
Priority Application Deadlines for Fall 2014:

Applications are still being accepted for all undergraduate programs for Fall 2014, and scholarships are still available! Students are encouraged to submit their applications and supporting documents, and complete a portfolio review, audition or interview as soon as possible. Applications will continue to be evaluated on a space-available basis. The deadline to apply for need-based financial aid is May 1, 2014.  Financial aid is still available for those that qualify!

College of Art, Media & Design:
Freshmen: Still accepting applications
Transfer: Still accepting applications

Division of Liberal Arts:
Freshmen: Still accepting applications
Transfer: Still accepting applications

College of Performing Arts:
Freshmen & Transfer: Still accepting applications
Theater Pre-Screening Deadline (Freshmen & Transfer): January 1 (Application & Video Submitted)

ADMISSION CRITERIA

General Criteria
The University of the Arts seeks students who have achieved strong academic records and demonstrate talent in their chosen creative disciplines. We are especially interested in individuals who show self-awareness, commitment, and an active interest in the world around them.

Admission decisions for all applicants are based primarily on the following requirements:
• Academic achievement
• Artistic Presentation
• Teacher Recommendation
• Personal Essay
• Standardized Test Scores (SAT or ACT)

Admission is selective and is based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant’s individual potential. There are no minimum SAT or ACT scores; average scores for accepted students are a 1060 SAT score (Reading + Math), and a 23 Composite ACT score. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better is recommended.

All students who are offered admission must provide proof of secondary school graduation prior to enrollment in The University of the Arts. This may be in the form of a final transcript indicating graduation, high school diploma granted through a local high school, a diploma granted from an organization governed by a State Board of Education, other non-profit organizations recognized by a State Board of Education to issue diplomas to Homeschoolers, or a form applicable under the student’s state home education law. The GED is also acceptable proof of graduation.

College of Art, Media and Design Criteria
Applicants to programs in the School of Art, School of Design, School of Film and CAMD College-Wide Programs are evaluated on the basis of their portfolios and their academic performance. In-person portfolio reviews with an admissions counselor or faculty member are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Freshmen applicants should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a portfolio review after they have submitted their application. The Office of Admissions schedules portfolio reviews Monday-Friday between 10 am and 3 pm.

Transfer applicants will be contacted by the Office of Admissions to schedule a portfolio review once all college transcripts have been submitted and a preliminary credit evaluation has been completed by an admissions counselor.

Students who prefer to submit an electronic portfolio can do so via Slideroom.

To help students prepare portfolios, UArts participates in National Portfolio Days, events held throughout the country, through which college representatives offer constructive advice to student artists. Click here for a schedule of National Portfolio Days. Students who are in the process of preparing a portfolio may also schedule a preliminary portfolio review with the Office of Admissions by calling 215-717-6049, or 800-616-2787, ext. 6049. Preliminary portfolio reviews are scheduled Monday-Friday between 10 am and 3 pm. Students who have a preliminary portfolio review will still be required to do an official portfolio review for acceptance.

College of Performing Arts Criteria
Admission to programs in Performing Arts is based on an audition or interview in the intended field of study, as well as their academic performance. Applications must be received at least two weeks before the audition date. Click here for a list of audition dates.

Division of Liberal Arts Criteria
Applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program are evaluated on the basis of a writing sample and academic performance. Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies are evaluated on the basis of an analytical paper, creative work sample and academic performance.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Application Form
Applications must be submitted electronically through the University of the Arts website. Go to Apply Now to begin or finish your online application. The University of the Arts does not accept the Common Application. 

Application Fee
There is a nonrefundable application fee of $60, payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express. The Office of Admissions accepts application fee waiver requests from the College Board, NACAC, and school free/reduced lunch programs. To use a fee waiver, students should complete the online application, without completing the payment portion, and submit the fee waiver to the Office of Admission via mail, fax, e-mail or in-person delivery. Students will be notified when their fee waivers have been processed, and will then be able to submit their applications without the application fee.

Personal Essay
The University of the Arts requires one personal essay of 150-300 words responding to EITHER of the following prompts:

 - "What inspires you?"

 - "Describe an important window." (Students applying to the BFA in Creative Writing program are required to respond to this prompt.)

The essay can be submitted as part of the online application, or sent separately by mail to: Office of Admissions, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; by e-mail as a Word document or PDF attachment to admissions@uarts.edu; or by fax to 215-717-6045. If sending essay in separately, please be sure to include your full name and social security number on the document.

Transcripts
All undergraduate applicants are required to submit official copies of their secondary school academic records. In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your high school in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions, or sent through a secure electronic transcript delivery service. Transcripts sent as faxes or email attachments are not considered official. 

Transfer Students
If you are a transfer student you must also submit official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, as well as a listing of all courses in which you are currently enrolled that may not yet appear on the transcripts. In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your college in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions, or sent through a secure electronic transcript delivery service. Transcripts sent as faxes or email attachments are not considered official.

Standardized Test Scores
The submission of official standardized test scores is required for admission, although applicants who have completed a college-level English Composition course with a grade of “C” or better, or applicants who have been out of school for more than five years, are not required to submit standardized test scores. The SAT or ACT are the acceptable standardized tests. Candidates for admission from Puerto Rico or Latin America may substitute or augment the SAT or ACT with the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA). The University of the Arts’ CEEB code is 2664. The ACT code is 3664.

International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS results. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 pbt/80 ibt or a score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required.

In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the testing service electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions. SAT and ACT scores will also be considered official if they appear on your official high school transcript. Scores sent as faxes or email attachments are not considered official.

Recommendation
You are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher/instructor (artistic or academic), guidance counselor, extra-curricular supervisor, employer, colleague or community member. Please ask your reference to comment on your demonstrated abilities in the arts, your maturity, ambition, determination and seriousness of purpose. Letters of recommendation should be sent by your reference to the Office of Admissions, and can be sent by mail, email or fax (see Contact Information for addresses).

Although not a requirement, you are welcome to submit additional recommendations from other teachers, guidance counselors, or employers.

Portfolio & Audition Requirements
In addition to submitting all of the application materials indicated above, all students applying to UArts must complete portfolio review or audition. Click here for detailed information on these requirements.

Transfer and International Applicants
In addition to the application requirements listed above, transfer students and international students must meet certain other requirements. These are described in the Transfer Students and International Students branches of this site.

Home School Policy
The University of the Arts welcomes and encourages applications from students who have pursued alternative learning options, particularly in a home-school environment. Students from such educational experiences are reviewed with the same care and attention to detail as all other applicants.

Home schooled applicants are encouraged to provide us with complete documentation showing the courses studied and all the evaluations presented from a home school evaluator, or supervisor in cooperation with the local school district, or an outside teacher utilized by the family under their state home education law. Please note that recommendations from family members for home schooled applicants will be considered in addition to a recommendation from an unrelated individual.

Proof of secondary school graduation must be provided prior to enrollment in the University of the Arts. This may be in the form of a final transcript indicating graduation, high school diploma granted through a local high school, a diploma granted from an organization governed by a State Board of Education, other non-profit organizations recognized by a State Board of Education to issue diplomas to Homeschoolers, or a form applicable under the student’s state home education law. The GED is also acceptable proof of graduation.

Early Admission
As a high school junior you may submit an application for admission to The University of the Arts freshman class provided that you meet one of the following conditions:

1. By taking an overload during the eleventh grade or by taking summer courses, you are able to receive your high school diploma before enrolling at UArts.

2. Your high school agrees in writing to grant you a high school diploma upon successful completion of your freshman year at UArts.