Application & Admission

Orestia-Nnamdi
Orestia-Nnamdi
Please let us know if you have
any questions or concerns:

Deb Pearson
Program Associate
pears496@umn.edu
612-625-7461

To be considered for our BFA program you must apply to the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in addition to your Get Acceptd audition application. (You can apply for an audition prior to applying to the College of Liberal Arts. You do not need a final admissions decision prior to your audition.)

UMN Admissions Deadline

Early Admission: November 1, 2021

Standard Admission: December 1, 2021

January 1, 2022 - Final deadline (You may still submit an application after January 1 – however, you could be placed on a waitlist for admissions into the College of Liberal Arts) 

Learn more about admissions to the University of Minnesota

Application and Audition Submission opens October 6, 2021.

Step 1 - Prescreen Video

All prospective students are required to complete a prescreen video audition.  You must register with Acceptd to begin your application. From there, upload your initial video, headshot and resume and pay the audition fee.* 

Step 2 - Apply to the UMN

Upon completion of your Acceptd application, you must also apply to the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. Apply online here, or call 1-800-752-1000. YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED YOUR APPLICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRIOR TO THE FINAL ADMISSIONS DEADLINE. 

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EARLY ADMISSIONS DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1, 2021 AND THE STANDARD DEADLINE IS DECEMBER  1, 2021.  Applications WILL still be accepted after January 1, though it is possible that students with late applications could be waitlisted by the University.  

What to prepare for your pre-screen

We ask that you prepare and present two monologues. Three minutes total.  Please keep within the time limit!
Your slate is not included in your time. Please state your name, city, title of the play, and the role.

For the two monologues:

  • Select from written, produced plays. Please do not choose material from films, television, or original and/or self-written scripts. 
  • Rehearse them so that the total time does not exceed three minutes. 
  • At least one should be a portrayal of a character close to you in age, temperament, and emotional experience. 
  • Choose one from a play written over one hundred years ago. (Examples are Shakespeare, Moliere, Calderon, Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, Wilde, Lorca, Hellman, any Greek playwrights, as well as anything outside of the western canon, etc.) 
  • Choose one from a play written within the last one hundred years.

Deadline for these videos is December 10, 2021 and all will be viewed by January 1, 2022. After that date you may be asked to attend an in person audition in Minneapolis or Chicago.

For guideline and requirement questions please contact: pears496@umn.edu 

For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.

CALLBACK WEEKEND

Typically 60–70 students will be invited to campus in Minneapolis for Callback Weekend, held at the end of February (2/25- 2/27). This is a great opportunity for all of us to get to know each other better through in-person workshops and auditions as we work to build a freshman company. If called back, you will be contacted with more information about this unique audition experience.

The weekend is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. If you are unable to join us on campus, you will be encouraged to upload a video of your audition pieces before the weekend to share with the faculty who haven't met you. After the weekend, students will be notified of their status. Up to 20 students will be accepted each fall semester.