Undergraduate Drama Admissions

The UNCSA School of Drama offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Acting or Directing. Applicants complete the online application, submit the required documents, attend an Information Session, audition, and interview with Drama faculty. Admission decisions are based on a combination of artistic and academic merits and are released after all applicants been reviewed. Whenever possible, in-person auditions are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline

Deadlines for applying to the Acting (B.F.A.) and Directing (B.F.A.) programs in the School of Drama have passed. The application for 2023-24 entry is now closed. Application for 2024-2025 entry will be available in September.

To meet a deadline, candidates must submit an application, transcript(s) and the application fee. The required materials do not need to be uploaded in order to meet a deadline.

The 2023-24 applications deadlines:

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Audition Information

Information Sessions

Prior to their audition, applicants are required to attend an informational session about the School of Drama. Information Sessions are hosted by Dean of the School of Drama Scott Zigler and School of Drama Director of Recruitment Quin Gordon.

Off-campus auditions: Applicants with an off-campus audition before 2 p.m. will be assigned to that day's 9-10:30 a.m. session. Applicants with an off-campus audition after 3:30 p.m. will be assigned to that day's 2-3:30 p.m. session.


Auditions are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Audition times will begin to be assigned in the second half of October.

In-person, On-campus

Performance Place, UNCSA
585 Giannini Dr
Winston-Salem, NC  27127

  • Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Sunday, January 15, 2023
  • Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023

Information Session
Must attend prior to an audition. Sessions held in-person at each on-campus audition day at:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.

In-person, Off-campus

Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave
NYC, NY 10018

Room: Studio 16D

Audition Dates

  • Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Sunday, January 29, 2023
  • Monday, January 30, 2023

Information Session
Must attend prior to an audition. Sessions held in-person in NYC at the following times:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.

  • 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency
151 East Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL  60601

Roosevelt 3AB

Audition Dates

  • Monday, February 6, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023

Information Session
Must attend prior to an audition. Sessions are held in-person in the Chicago at the following times:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.

  • 2 - 3:30 p.m.
    • This session not offered on Thursday, February 9.

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport, LAX
5985 W. Century Blvd.
LA, CA  90045

Room: Colombard

Audition Dates

  • Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023

Information Session
Must attend prior to an audition. Sessions are held in-person in LA at the following times:

  • 9 - 10:30 a.m.

  • 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Virtual (Zoom)

Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Sunday, February 19, 2023

Information Session
Must attend 1 virtual session prior to an audition.

  • Saturday, January 7:
    3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

  • Saturday, February 18:
    3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Admissions decisions are based on a combination of artistic and academic merits. 
Decisions are released after all candidates have auditioned. 

Academic Criteria

Applicants must meet UNCSA Academic Criteria by the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Academic Requirements

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

Subject Units Specifications
English 4  Four units in English emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature
Foreign Language 2 Two consecutive credits of 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 Three course units in science including a life or biological science course, a physical science course and at least one laboratory course

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 their proficiency.   


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:

  • ACT: 19 (writing portion optional)
  • SAT: 1010 composite score in Critical Reading & Math

The average applicant's ACT score is 24 and the average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score is 1200.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2023.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired program may submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores in order to meet Admissions Criteria.

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

  • TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 100
  • ACT: English Language Arts (ELA) section: 21
  • SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) section: 540

Advanced Standing for Undergraduate Students through Placement Tests
UNCSA accepts Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), and Cambridge International Certificate college credits. Our Division of Liberal Arts grants advanced standing credit. Learn more.

Completed Application, Fees & Required Documents

1. Complete the 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 at the end of the application or on your Admissions Portal.
  • Check or Money Order (through a U.S. bank): Make payable to "UNCSA" and include your full legal name. Mail your payment and fully legible name of the applicant to the Office of Admissions.
  • Fee Waiver: Submit an SAT, ACT or NACAC Fee Waiver Request signed by your high school counselor.
  • 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 (Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking and Music) you will need to complete a second application and pay a second application fee.