Application & Admission

Alchemy of Desire (2022), photo by Dan Norman
Alchemy of Desire (2022), photo by Dan Norman

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.)           

Deb Pearson                                                                                       Take a Virtual Tour of campus!
Program Associate

UMN Admissions Deadline

Early Admission: November 1, 2022

Standard Admission: December 1, 2022

January 1, 2023 - 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, 2022.

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. 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.  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. 
  • One of your pieces should feature “Heightened text” (Examples are Shakespeare, Wole Soyinka, Moliere, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Ntozake Shange, Oscar Wilde, Sophocles etc.) By heightened text, we mean text that has elements, often poetic, that lift it beyond everyday speech.
  • You may choose a character of any gender identification.

Deadline for these videos is December 10, 2022 and all will be viewed by January 1, 2023. After that date, you may be asked to attend an in person audition in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles or Chicago.

For guideline and requirement questions, please contact: Deb Pearson 

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


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.