Admission Contact Information
Transfer and International Applicants
Home School Policy
Admissions Contact Information
All application materials should be sent to the Office of Admissions, not to the program to which you are applying. Please be sure to include your full name on each item you submit.
Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9762
Toll-Free: 1-800-616-2787, ext. 6049
For questions or concerns regarding your application, please feel free to contact your Admissions Counselor directly, or contact the Office of Admissions at 215-717-6049, or 800-616-2787, ext. 6049.
The University of the Arts operates on rolling admissions, meaning applications will continue to be evaluated on a space-available basis. Students intending to enroll in the Spring semester are encouraged to complete all application requirements (application, all required documents and portfolio, audition, interview or writing sample) by early December.
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 SAT/ACT scores) 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.
The University of the Arts does not have minimum GPA or standardized test score requirements.
Transcripts are reviewed on an individual basis. The University is interested in gaining an understanding of the academic options available at the student's school and an assessment of the student's unique experiences, accomplishments, and level of success within their academic program of study.
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.
College of Art, Media and Design Criteria
Applicants to programs in the School of Art, School of Design, School of Film and CAMD College-Wide Programs are evaluated on the basis of their portfolios and their academic performance. Click here for College of Art, Media & Design portfolio requirements.
In-person portfolio reviews with an admissions counselor or faculty member are encouraged, but not mandatory. Freshmen applicants should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a portfolio review after they have submitted their application. The Office of Admissions schedules portfolio reviews Monday-Friday between 10 am and 3 pm, and on select Saturdays – see the dates here.
Transfer applicants will be contacted by the Office of Admissions to schedule a portfolio review once all college transcripts have been submitted and a preliminary credit evaluation has been completed by an admissions counselor.
Students who prefer to submit an electronic portfolio can do so via SlideRoom.com.
To help students prepare portfolios, UArts participates in National Portfolio Days, events held throughout the country, through which college representatives offer constructive advice to student artists. Click here for a schedule of National Portfolio Days. Students who are in the process of preparing a portfolio may also schedule a preliminary portfolio review with the Office of Admissions by calling 215-717-6049, or 800-616-2787, ext. 6049. Preliminary portfolio reviews are scheduled Monday-Friday between 10 am and 3 pm. Students who have a preliminary portfolio review will still be required to do an official portfolio review for acceptance.
College of Performing Arts Criteria
Admission to programs in Performing Arts is based on an audition or interview in the intended field of study, as well as their academic performance. Applications must be received at least two weeks before the audition/interview dates. You will select your audition/interview date when completing your online application. Click here for College of Performing Arts audition/interview requirements.
Division of Liberal Arts Criteria
Applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program are evaluated on the basis of a writing sample and academic performance. Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies are evaluated on the basis of an analytical paper, creative work sample and academic performance. Click here for Division of Liberal Arts writing sample requirements.
You may complete the University of the Arts application for admission a number of ways. Go to Apply Now to complete your application online, or print a PDF of the application. You may also request a paper application from our office. The University of the Arts does not accept the Common Application. Please note that you may submit your application form prior to completing the additional requirements.
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, without completing the payment portion, and submit the fee waiver to the Office of Admission via mail, fax, e-mail or in-person delivery. Students will be notified when their fee waivers have been processed, and will then be able to submit their applications without the application fee.
All undergraduate applicants are required to submit official copies of their secondary school academic records. In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your high school 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.
If you are a transfer student you must also submit official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, as well as a listing of all courses in which you are currently enrolled that may not yet appear on the transcripts. In order for transcripts to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your college 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.
Standardized Test Scores
The submission of official standardized test scores is required for admission, although applicants who have completed a college-level English Composition course with a grade of “C” or better, or applicants who have been out of school for more than five years, are not required to submit standardized test scores. The SAT or ACT are the acceptable standardized tests. Candidates for admission from Puerto Rico or Latin America may substitute or augment the SAT or ACT with the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA). The University of the Arts’ CEEB code is 2664. The ACT code is 3664.
International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS results. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 pbt/80 ibt or a score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required.
In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the testing service electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions. SAT and ACT scores will also be considered official if they appear on your official high school transcript. Scores sent as faxes or email attachments are not considered official.
Portfolio & Audition Requirements
In addition to submitting all of the application materials indicated above, all students applying to UArts must complete portfolio review or audition. Click here for detailed information on the Portfolio & Audition requirements.
Optional: Letter(s) of Recommendation
Though not required, applicants may submit one or more letters of recommendation from teachers for consideration during the review process.
Optional: Statement of Purpose / Essay
The candid and thoughtful insights of applicants can help inform the review process. Though not a requirement, a written statement may be submitted for consideration during the review process. If you are interested in submitting a written statement, please feel free to choose one of the following options:
- Tell us something positive about yourself that we can't learn from the review of your transcripts, test scores, portfolio or audition.
- Tell us what you love about your art form and why you are interested in pursuing study in this at the college level.
- Share a statement of intent you may have already written.
Transfer and International Applicants
In addition to the application requirements listed above, transfer students and international students must meet certain other requirements. These are described in the Transfer Students and International Students branches of this site.
Home School Policy
The University of the Arts welcomes and encourages applications from students who have pursued alternative learning options, particularly in a home-school environment. Students from such educational experiences are reviewed with the same care and attention to detail as all other applicants.
Home schooled applicants are encouraged to provide us with complete documentation showing the courses studied and all the evaluations presented from a home school evaluator, or 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 home schooled 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.
- 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.