Undergraduate Drama Admissions

The UNCSA School of Drama offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Acting and Directing. Along with your online application and required documents, you will audition and interview with arts faculty. Admission decisions are based on a combination of your artistic and academic merits.

Deadlines & Audition Dates

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2018 December 1, 2017 
Application Completed By Available Audition Dates
January 8, 2018

UNCSA Campus
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018

New York
Friday, January 19, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Applicants who complete their application and materials by January 8, 2018 are also eligible for all audition dates/locations listed below.

January 15, 2018

UNCSA Campus
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chicago
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (morning only)

Los Angeles
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018 (morning only)

The School of Drama Admissions Counselor will assign your audition based on the date that you requested on the online application and will email you to confirm the date, time, location and other details.

Choice of audition dates depends on when you complete your online application and submit your required application documents. More choices of audition dates will be available to you the earlier you apply. Audition availability after the posted deadlines have passed is not guaranteed.

Admissions Criteria

Academic Requirements

Applicants should have or be on track to receive a high school diploma or equivalent with the following academic subjects:

Subject Years Specifications
English 4  
Foreign Language 2 Years are in the same language. American Sign Language is acceptable.
Social Studies 2 Includes a U.S. History credit
Mathematics 3 Includes Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course
Science 3 Includes a life or biological science, a physical science like earth science, chemistry, or physics, and one science credit includes a lab

Note: Early College High School Graduates

This legislation only applies to seniors graduating from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early Colleges) who will earn an Associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma. 

All other Early College students will be evaluated using standard freshman criteria. Applicants from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS) receive special consideration in the admission review for UNC system universities based on North Carolina law.

According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.” This link http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/cihs/ will tell you if your school is a CIHS.

Being “considered” refers to the evaluation of your credentials and not your student type. Regardless of how you are evaluated, you are considered a new freshman upon enrollment. You will be a freshman with college credit. 

If you feel strongly that your standardized test scores or high school GPA will hinder you in the freshman review, please don’t hesitate to contact an admissions counselor to discuss the transfer review option. Admission to UNCSA is by audition and or interview and all applicants to the undergraduate program are considered first time freshmen.  The School makes every effort to place the student at the arts level that best reflects his or her proficiency.   

GPA

High School or College GPA of 2.5 or higher. The average GPA for an entering UNCSA undergraduate student is 3.5.

Test Scores

ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT test scores with the following minimum score requirements:

  • SAT: 880 composite score in Critical Reading & Math (or 800 for SAT scores prior to March 2016)
  • ACT: 17 (writing portion optional).

The average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score of applicants is 1700 and the average ACT score is 24.

International Applicants
International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:

  • ACT: English Writing Component of 21
  • SAT: Verbal & Writing Minimum of 500/500
  • TOEFL: 79 internet-based, 550 paper-based, or 213 computer-based
  • IELTS: 6.5

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

1. Complete the CFNC online application.

2. Pay your Application Fee: $95 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $130 for international applicants. Application fees are non-refundable.

Payment Options

  • Online: Follow payment instructions on the CFNC online application.
  • Check or Money Order (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and signed Application Agreement Statement—downloaded at the completion of the online application—to the Office of Admissions.
  • Fee Waiver: Submit an SAT or ACT Fee Waiver Request signed by your high school counselor. Select the "Check/Money Order" option on the CFNC online application.
  • International Applicants: Use Flywire to pay your application fee online through an international bank or pay by check or money order through a U.S. bank as listed above.

3. Upload all Required Application Documents at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

Please note: If you are applying to two different UNCSA art schools (Music, Drama, Design & Production and Dance) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.

 

Bill Poole
Drama Admissions Counselor

I am here to help guide you through the admissions process for the School of Drama. Let me know if you have any questions!

Contact Bill