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.

Transcripts

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.

Transfer Students
College transfer students that have earned a high school diploma at the time of application will need to submit their official high school transcript, including final grades and graduation date, in addition to their college transcript. Unofficial college transcripts will be accepted for initial review of your application. If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree, then a high school transcript does not need to be submitted.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students who have completed dual enrollment coursework should only need to submit their high school transcript at the time of application. If the dual enrollment courses are not included on the high school transcript, students should also submit a college transcript. Official transcripts from high school and college, with final grades and graduation dates, will be required should a student be accepted to UNCSA.


International Applicants
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 in order to be reviewed for admission.

Test Scores

Official test scores should be submitted electronically to UNCSA.

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
Undergraduate students may qualify for advanced standing through placement tests. A student who participated in the Advanced Placement® (AP) Program of the College Board may have their record considered for advanced standing or credit or both in the college program when a score of three (3) or above has been achieved on an Advanced Placement exam.

College Level Examination Program® (CLEP) test scores in areas that correspond to courses in the UNCSA curriculum also may be presented for evaluation for possible credit. Credit for CLEP tests is available only to students with freshman or sophomore standing and is considered inappropriate for more advanced students. UNCSA will only consider credit for such tests that have been completed prior to the beginning of the junior year.

International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma students may have their records considered for advanced standing or credit in the college program with a minimum score of five (5) or higher on the official IB exam for each subject. Credit awarded will vary for higher-level or standard-level subjects.

Cambridge International Certificate® AS Level, A Level, or AICE Level examinations at scores of C or higher will be awarded course credit. UNCSA recognizes Cambridge qualifications for admission, as well as awards credit and advanced standing placement.

Letters of Recommendation

UNCSA requires applicants to submit contact information for two references. References will be sent a recommendation form and the to upload a 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

Undergraduate applicants should print, complete and upload a copy of the Application Agreement Statement only if they are under the age of 18 at the time they apply.

Artistic Statement

Submit a two-page artistic statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work.

  • Include your full name on the document.
  • This document may be used if you are recommended for scholarship consideration.

Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples by admitted students.


Resume

A resume detailing your artistic experience and educational objectives.

Directing Applicants

If available, bring to the audition a Directing Portfolio that includes production books or photos from plays or productions for which you were the director or assistant director. Be preared to discuss the work showcased in the 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 you have received notification that you've been accepted to UNCSA: