PLAYBILLEDU NOTEBOOK: College Deadlines Approach - What You Need to Know

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PlaybillEDU offers advice and insight into making sure performing arts students meet deadlines for their college applications.  


The holidays are over, and performing arts students who want to start classes in the fall need to submit their applications within the next few weeks. Deadlines for some schools have passed already, and several schoosl have deadlines the week of Jan. 12.

The majority of the remaining colleges' deadlines are set for sometime between now and April 1. has the tools to help theatre, music and dance students find the rights school that meets their criteria for location, cost, program offerings and a host of other qualifications.

This handy web tool allows you to search for schools in our database of more than 2,000 programs, compare the results and begin the application process — all on a single website. And, like all Playbill information products, PlaybillEDU is free.

Here is a selection of popular performing arts schools listed with application dates. The dates are for theatre programs only; some schools have different deadlines for the dance and music departments. University of Delaware: Jan. 15
University of Illinois-Chicago: Jan. 15
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Jan. 15
McGill: Jan. 15
Oberlin: Jan. 15
PACE University: Jan 15.
National Theatre School of Canada: Jan. 31
Ithaca: Feb. 1
University of Connecticut: Feb. 1
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Feb. 1
SUNY Purchase: March 1
Indiana University-Bloomington: April 1
NYU-Tisch School of the Arts: April 1
University of Massachusetts: April 1
University of Arizona: May 1

Deadline already passed: CalArts, Carnegie-Mellon, Cal State/LA, College Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Dartmouth, Emerson, Harvard, New England Conservatory, New School–Eugene Lange College, Northwestern, Princeton, Syracuse, UCLA, University of Texas-Austin, Williams. (Some of these schools will consider late applications if room remains.)

What You Need to Do Now:

Log on to and create a free account.

Follow directions to search for schools that are in the parts of North America where you want to study, that are in your price range, that have the programs you want, etc. PlaybillEDU will generate a list of schools that meet your requirements.

Prioritize the resulting list of schools.

Apply for financial aid through FAFSA.

Use PlaybillEDU’s “My PlaybillEDU” feature to track your choices and meet deadlines.

On PlaybillEDU, look up requirements for essays, letters of recommendation and fees for each school.

Complete those requirements with the help of counselors, parents and PlaybillEDU itself.

Complete the application and submit online or through the mail. Many schools waive application fees if you apply online.

On PlaybillEDU, look up requirements for auditions and portfolios.

Schedule an audition/portfolio review online or via phone.

Prepare audition and portfolio material.

Perform your audition or portfolio and, where required, your faculty interview.

Apply for financial aid from the individual school.

Wait for acceptance letters or emails to arrive. They generally are sent within one month of submitting an application.

Make your choice and reply within the specified time (generally another month).

Go to college, have a great time, get a great education and make wonderful theatre, music and dance.

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