Visit, Tour, Connect

Whether you're ready to submit an application or just starting to learn about UArts, we invite you to connect with us. UArts offers a range of ways to visit, from on-campus visits and special events, to off-campus sessions with UArts faculty and representatives. Explore the options below, connect with us on social media or call us today for more information.

We want to ensure the best possible visit for you and your guests. If any member of your party has difficulty with stairs or requires any special accommodations, please let us know by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-616-2787 x6049 or

Attend Open House

Want to learn what the University of the Arts is all about, and see everything we have to offer? There's no better way to get to know UArts than by attending one of our Open Houses! Undergraduate and Graduate Open Houses are held throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet our award-winning faculty, see our lively Center City Philadelphia campus and experience first-hand what life is like as a UArts student. Follow the links below for information on our upcoming Open Houses. We hope to see you here soon!

Schedule a Campus Visit

Prospective students and their families are invited to join a campus tour and information session, or to schedule a preliminary portfolio review or interview year-round. Campus tours are geared towards high school students (9-12 grade) and current college students considering enrolling in an Undergraduate program. Those interested in planning a visit to UArts for younger audiences should inquire separately to Graduate student tours are also scheduled separately, and interested students should contact us directly at or 215-717-6049 to arrange a visit. Graduate students are also invited to reach out directly to their Program Director.

  • Register for a campus tour and information session by visiting our Campus Tours page.
  • Observe a class: See UArts students in action in the studio or rehearsal hall. Class observations can be arranged through the department office. Call 800-616-2787 x 6049 for assistance. Please note: prospective Theater students may schedule a shadow day only after being accepted into the program.
  • To schedule a preliminary portfolio review or interview, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-616-2787 x 6049. A preliminary review is not required for admission.

Portfolio Review, Audition & Interview Days

Complete your audition, portfolio review or interview, tour our campus, and get your admissions questions answered all in one day. We are delighted to offer Portfolio Review, Audition & Interview Days to applicants, prospective students and their families.

Get all the details about our Portfolio Review, Audition & Interview dates.

Transfer Nights

Transfer Night is a monthly information session specifically designed with transfer students in mind.

Dates for the fall and spring semesters include:

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 6-8pm
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 6-8pm
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8pm

Why attend a Transfer Night?

We understand that transfer students have different schedules, questions, and experiences than a first-year student coming from high school. Attending a Transfer Night at UArts provides the opportunity to ask questions and gather information that is specific to transfer students. Learn more about our programs and tour campus with current transfer students. Bring a copy of your college transcripts and you’ll receive a preliminary transfer credit advisement by an admissions counselor.

What can I expect?

  • Tour our campus in downtown Philadelphia, located on the Avenue of the Arts
  • Learn about the transfer admissions process, scholarships and financial aid
  • Receive a preliminary transfer evaluation of the college credit you’ve completed thus far

What should I bring to Transfer Night?

  1. Bring transcripts from each college or university you’ve attended if you would like transfer placement advisement (Unofficial or student copies are sufficient; official copies will be needed once you’ve applied).
  2. Questions: What types of scholarships are available? Am I eligible for financial aid? What is your student:teacher ratio? Transfer students have specific questions that we are here to answer.


Register online up to 24 hours prior to each event or until an event is fully booked. Don’t wait, register now!


Please contact the Office of Admissions at 215-717-6049 or

Off-Campus Events & Fairs

Since it's not always possible for you to visit us, the University of the Arts sends its representatives around the country to participate in a variety of off-campus events, including National Portfolio Days and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs.

National Portfolio Days (Undergraduate)

UArts representatives will be attending the following National Portfolio Day events:

September 25, 2016 • 10am–2pm
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE
Event details

October 1, 2016 • 11am–3pm
Houston, Texas
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive
Event details

October 2, 2016 • 12pm–4pm
Dallas, Texas
The Hilton Anatole, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway
Event details

October 29, 2016 • 1pm–5pm
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Event details

November 5, 2016 • 12pm–4pm
Boston, Massachusetts
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street
Event details

November 6, 2016 • 12pm–4pm
Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Art School
Event details

November 12, 2016 • 12pm–4pm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F
Event details

November 13, 2016 • 12pm–4pm
New York, New York
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, Exhibit Hall 1A
Event details

November 19, 2016 • 10am–2pm
Washington, DC
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW
Event Details

November 20, 2016 • 1pm–5pm
Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Institute, College of Art
Event details

January 14, 2017 • 12pm–4pm
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Art Institute
Event details

January 15, 2017 • 12pm–4pm
Los Angeles, California
Otis College of Art and Design
Event details

National Portfolio Days (Graduate)

October 22, 2016 (Saturday) | San Francisco, CA
Hosted by California College of the Arts
12-4 pm
Event details

October 30, 2016 (Sunday) | New York, NY
Hosted by Parsons School of Design
12-4 pm
Event details

November 5, 2016 (Saturday) | Chicago, IL
Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
10am - 2pm
Event details

Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs (Undergraduate)

UArts representatives will be attending the following Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs:

October 19, 2016 • 6pm–9pm
New York, New York
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center,
655 W. 34th Street, Hall 1D

October 20, 2016 • 7pm–9pm
San Diego, California
Del Mar Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

October 22, 2016 • 1pm–3:30pm
Los Angeles, California
University of California, Los Angeles
Ackerman Union, Grand Ballroom
308 Westwood Plaza

October 23, 2016 • 1pm–3pm
San Francisco, California
South San Francisco Conference Center, Grand Ballroom
255 South Airport Boulevard

October 27, 2016 • 7pm–9pm
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston University - Fuller Building
808 Commonwealth Avenue

October 29, 2016 • 1pm–3pm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Convention Center
One Convention Center Place, 1101 Arch Street

October 30, 2016 • 1pm–3pm
Denver, Colorado
Infinity Park Event Center
4400 E. Kentucky Avenue

November 6, 2016 • 1pm–3:30pm
Washington, DC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

See a UArts Show

Experience firsthand the work of our students, faculty and alumni by seeing an exhibition, lecture, film or performance.

For most ticketed performances, two complimentary tickets are available per prospective student. The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts performance schedule can be found at Using the promo code UASTUDENT, prospective students can reserve two tickets to a performance.

Attend Pre-College Saturday School or Summer Institute

High school students interested in getting a closer look at UArts should consider enrolling in one of our Pre-College Programs: Saturday School or Summer Institute.

Meet Your Counselor

Admissions Counselors at the University of the Arts are here to help guide you through the application process and provide information about our school and its programs. Learn more about our team of Admissions Counselors.

Campus Map & Directions

You'll find UArts in the heart of Philadelphia along the city's vibrant Avenue of the Arts.

Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the perfect place for students to immerse themselves in a thriving cultural environment, to be inspired and to inspire.

Need Help? Contact Us:

Toll-Free : 800-616-2787 or 215-717-6049

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

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