Required Application Documents
The following supplemental documents are needed to complete an applicant's file. With the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, applicants upload the following documents to their Admissions Portal after submitting the initial application to UNCSA.
Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts into their Admissions Portal for initial review. If admitted to UNCSA, official transcripts must be sent to UNCSA directly from each attended institution so that UNCSA can confirm the final grades at each school.
Transcripts should be submitted to the UNCSA Office of Admissions electronically whenever possible. If an institution does not have the capability to send a transcript electronically, the official transcript can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Official Transcripts should be sealed, signed or notarized for all secondary school academic records, and should include a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application. Any transcript uploaded by the student through the Admissions Portal is considered unofficial.
Home Schooled Applicants
Home schooled applicants should provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency (if applicable), a transcript with course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, and any tests or assessments used to show that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school, an official transcript from that school should also be submitted.
Transcripts MUST be translated to English with both a credential evaluation and a GPA equivalent from a certifying agency. Transcripts from each school attended must be sent to the certifying agency for evaluation and certification. Approved agencies can be found at www.naces.org or www.aice-eval.org.
A certified credential evaluation is required before an interview/audition can be scheduled.
AP or IB Scores
Any AP or IB test scores should be reported to the UNCSA Office of Admissions.
ACT or SAT Scores
ACT and SAT scores are not required for students applying to the high school program. However, if you have already taken these tests, you are welcome to have official scores reported to UNCSA.
International applications are required to submit official TOEFL Junior or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:
TOFEL Junior: 745
Letters of Recommendation
UNCSA requires applicants to submit contact information for two references. UNCSA will send the references a recommendation form and the ability to upload a recommendation letter. UNCSA requires contact information for the following:
- One letter from an arts instructor
- One letter from an academic instructor
If not currently enrolled in school, a letter may come from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc.
Application Agreement Statement
All high school applicants should print, complete and upload a copy of the Application Agreement Statement.
A two-page artistic statement expressing interests, goals, and other information that provides insight into your work.
- Include full name on the document.
- This document may be used if recommended for scholarship consideration.
Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples from our students.
A resume detailing artistic experience and educational objectives.
A portfolio of original work is required at the time of your interview. Read more about how to prepare your portfolio.
Additional International Documents
In addition to the documents listed above, international applicants should also be prepared to submit the following documents to your Admissions Counselor only after having received notification of being accepted to UNCSA:
- A copy of a current passport
- If holding an F-1 Visa, submit a copy of the visa and Form I-20
- Complete a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (to be provided by UNCSA)