Application Process

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.

Application Requirements

Completed Application Form (online or paper)

Students must complete either the online application form, or download and mail our paper application form.

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Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $60, payable by MasterCard, Visa, Discover 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 and submit the online application, without completing the payment portion. Then, please submit your fee waiver via email at undergradcredentials@uarts.edu, fax to 215-717-6045 or deliver to the Office of Admissions in person to the Welcome Center in Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

Academic Requirements

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.

  • Transcripts
    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.


International Applicants

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.

Transfer Applicants

The University of the Arts welcomes transfer students from a variety of educational experiences and backgrounds. We understand that as a transfer student you have a unique set of questions and concerns, based on your individual experience. Any applicant who has been enrolled in a college-level program of study after secondary school is considered to be a transfer applicant.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

  1. Submit a completed application for admission along with the $60 application fee.
  2. Submit all required transcripts, including courses in progress:
    What transcripts do I need to send?
    • Final High School Transcripts are required for all applicants who have not yet completed at least 60 credits of college-level coursework (24 of which should be in the Liberal Arts).
    • Official College Transcripts are required from each college you have attended. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. Make sure your transcript includes any courses you are currently enrolled in.
  3. Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.

Tell me more about Portfolio Reviews for transfer students.

How to submit:

You must submit your visual art, design, film or writing portfolio online using SlideRoom. In addition to your online portfolio, you are welcome to schedule an in-person review on campus.

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Schedule a preliminary review with an admissions counselor or meet us at a National Portfolio Day in a city near you.

How will my credits transfer?

For students applying to programs within the College of Art, Media & Design:

  • If you’ve completed less than 18 credits in college-level studio coursework, you should expect to enroll as a Freshman Transfer and be placed into first-year studio courses.
  • If you’ve completed above 18 credits in college-level studio coursework you are eligible to be considered for admission directly into your major department at an advanced standing level. This determination is made by the Program Director upon evaluation of your portfolio and transfer credits.

For students applying to programs within the College of Performing Arts:

  • Your transfer placement will be determined by the Program Director at the time of admission by evaluation of your audition or interview and previous college coursework.

For students applying to Creative Writing or Writing for Film + Television:

  • Your transfer placement will be determined by the Program Director at the time of admission by evaluation of your portfolio and previous college coursework.

Homeschool Policy

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.

Early Admissions

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.

Important Dates

Rolling Admissions
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.

Need Help? Contact Us:

Toll-Free : 800-616-2787 or 215-717-6049
admissions@uarts.edu

Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9762

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