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 academic achievement (transcripts) and artistic presentation (portfolio, audition, interview or writing sample). Admission is selective and is based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant's individual potential.
Completed Application Form (online or paper)
Students must complete either the online application form, or download and mail our paper application form.
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 and upload the fee waiver document in the "Fee Waiver" section of the application. To submit a paper fee waiver, students should fill out the online application, without completing the payment portion. Submit the fee waiver to the Office of Admissions via mail, fax or in-person delivery. Students will be notified when their fee waiver has been processed, and may then submit their application without the application fee.
The University of the Arts does not have a set GPA or standardized test score requirement, though we do require all applicants to submit transcripts. UArts reviews academic materials on an individual basis, and is interested in gaining an understanding of the academic options available at the student's school, and assessing one's progress and success based on their unique experiences and accomplishments within their academic program of study.
All undergraduate applicants are required to submit official copies of their secondary school academic records, and/or college transcripts (if applicable). In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your school or institution 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. For homeschool students, please see the section below for further details regarding transcripts.
- Proof of Graduation
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.
Audition / Portfolio Requirements
The University of the Arts seeks students who demonstrate talent and potential in their chosen creative discipline. Therefore, all programs require a portfolio, writing sample, audition and/or interview as part of the application for admission. These evaluations are used to determine acceptance into a program of study, as well as eligibility for merit-based scholarships. For complete requirements by degree program, please visit our Undergraduate Portfolio & Audition Requirements page.
UArts welcomes applicants from abroad. Our international students hail from over 30 countries and make up more than 6 percent of all students at UArts. Philadelphia is a thriving and international city which is also close to other east coast hubs like New York, Washington DC and Baltimore.
Please visit the International Applicant page for full details and requirements.
The University of the Arts welcomes applications from transfer students. Transfer students are admitted under policies that depend on the program to which they are applying. The University considers any applicant who has been enrolled in a college-level program of study after secondary school to be a transfer applicant. Transfers enjoy a preferred position among applicants for admission since it can be assumed they have matured in their goals and have demonstrated their abilities at the college level.
All undergraduate applicants who have completed college level coursework for credit must submit official transcripts. In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your school or institution 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. Students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits of study, including 36 credits in liberal arts, during full-time enrollment at a regionally accredited institution need not submit a high-school transcript. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
Transfer of Credit
It is often possible to transfer credit from previous coursework to UArts. You may receive credit for courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions if these courses are similar to those offered at the University of the Arts. A minimum grade of "C" is required in order to present a course for transfer credit. Only credits are transferable, not grades. You will be given a preliminary transfer credit evaluation at the time of admission; final award of transfer credit is subject to receipt of final official transcripts and verification by the registrar at the time of enrollment.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of four full-time semesters at the University and earn a minimum of 48 credits in studio and/or liberal arts courses. Transfer credits are applied only to specific studio and liberal arts requirements stipulated for a UArts degree. For this reason, transfer students may be required to study for more than the minimum four semesters and to complete more than the minimum 48 credits, despite the number of credits earned at previous institutions.
Transfer students with fewer than 21 transferable liberal arts credits and without qualifications for advanced standing in studio should expect to be registered for first-year courses and anticipate being enrolled at the University of the Arts for the equivalent of eight semesters. Those who qualify for either the three-year program or advanced standing but wish to take advantage of the first-year programs and elective courses may also apply as freshman transfers.
Students transferring into the second- or third-year level studios of major departments are considered advanced standing candidates. The first year in College of Art, Media & Design programs includes 21 credits of studio classwork in the first year core and elective courses. Students who have completed between 9 and 21 credits in studio and who have studied in the foundation areas may be considered for advanced status. Decisions concerning admission to a major department, class standing and mandated prerequisites are made by major department faculty upon an evaluation of the admission portfolio or audition and preliminary transfer credit analysis.
The University of the Arts welcomes and encourages applications from students who have pursued alternative learning options, particularly in a homeschool environment. Students from such educational experiences are reviewed with the same care and attention to detail as all other applicants.
Homeschooled applicants are encouraged to provide us with complete documentation showing the courses studied and all the evaluations presented from a homeschool evaluator, 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 homeschooled 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.
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:
- 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.
- Your high school agrees in writing to grant you a high school diploma upon successful completion of your freshman year at UArts.
The University of the Arts accepts applications on a rolling basis. There is no deadline for admission consideration. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid may need to consider priority FAFSA filing dates. Please visit the Scholarship & Financial Aid section of our website for information about when to file.
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