University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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Thank you for your interest in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  The Office of Admissions looks forward to working with you on the application process for the Fall of 2014.  Please contact us either by phone (336.770.3290) or by email ( if you have questions or need assistance. 


All applicants must audition or interview with arts faculty.  Audition and interview dates are listed on the Admissions page of each arts school.  Be sure to check the application priority dates.

All required application documentation must be on file in order for you to audition or interview.  Information about accessing your application and documentation will be sent to you by email. If you have a spam filter in place be sure you do not block emails from UNCSA.


Thank you! 

Office of Admissions
UNC School of the Arts



Last updated: 3/25/2014 2:57:00 PM ET

Audition/Interview Information and Dates

All applicants to UNC School of the Arts must audition or interview with arts faculty. Scheduled audition/interview dates for each arts department can be viewed by using the links below or by going to
Please review this information before starting your application as you must enter a scheduled audition/interview date and location on your application.

Undergraduate Audition/Interview Dates (BFA or BM)
*Note: Filmmaking applicants are pre-screened to determine whether or not an interview will be granted. DO NOT make travel arrangements until you have been contacted by the Office of Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Freshman (Undergraduate BFA or BM)

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • English 4 units emphasizing grammar, composition and literature
  • Foreign language - 2 units of the same language (American Sign Language does apply)
  • Social Studies - 2 units including 1 unit of U.S. History
  • Mathematics - 3 units to include Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or a higher level course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite; in addition it is recommended that the applicant complete a fourth course unit
  • Science - 3 units with at least 1 unit in a life or biological science, at least 1 unit in a physical science (for example, earth science, chemistry, physics) and 1 must include a lab

Transfer Students and Applicants Seeking a Second Degree

  • Applicants with less than 30 transferable academic credit hours must supply a high school transcript and SAT or ACT score. Transfer applicants must have completed 30 transferable academic credit hours at a college or university to which they are eligible to return do not have to submit an SAT or ACT score.

Application Priority Dates

Applications must be received in the Office of Admission by the dates listed below. Accompanying application documentation (see below for details) must be received in the Office of Admissions before the date of your audition or interview. Note: click the arts school link to which you are applying for additional information about required documentation.

In order to facilitate a smooth admissions process and a speedy review of student files, students are encouraged to apply by a set of priority dates. Each priority date acts as a deadline by which you must apply in order to have an interview or audition granted during a given timeframe. Please review the interview/audition dates for your selected program to ensure you apply by one of the priority dates. Please be aware that each arts school has different audition and interview dates and that a school may not have audition or interview dates after a certain time.

Application Process

The following information outlines the application process and documentation needed to ensure your application file is complete. Please read all information before starting your application. Your failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on this application will be grounds to deny or withdraw your offer of admission or dismiss you after enrollment.

1) Application Form and Application Fee

  • Complete the application form in full.
  • You have the option to pay the application fee online or to choose check or fee waiver. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • $95 for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and $110 for Non-Resident Aliens. Do not send cash. International applicants must choose the check option; do not use the credit card option. International applicants pay by Peer Transfer and should use this link:
    • If you are using a fee waiver please select the Check/Money Order option on the payment screen.
  • If you choose to pay with a check or money order, it should include your full legal name on the check or money order made payable to UNCSA through a U.S. bank. Mail your payment along with your signed Application Agreement Statement to the following address:
    Office of Admissions
    UNC School of the Arts
    1533 South Main Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27127
  • If you cannot afford the application fee, please submit a SAT or ACT Fee Waiver request signed by your high school counselor.
  • If you are applying to 2 different arts schools within UNCSA you must complete a second application and submit a second application fee.

2) Transcripts

  • Official sealed, signed or notarized copies of all secondary school academic records, that includes a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. High School seniors who have taken classes at a college/university need to contact the Registrar Office at that school and have an official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • Home Schooled applicants must provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency. Home schooled applicants must provide course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, tests used and evaluation of knowledge that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school an official transcript from that school must be submitted.
  • College Transfer students must submit an official high school transcript unless you have earned a bachelor's degree. Official transcripts from all colleges attended as well as a list of course work in which you are currently enrolled, that may not yet appear on the transcript, must be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

3) Test Scores

  • Official SAT (UNCSA College Board Code #5512) or ACT (UNCSA ACT Code #3133) scores, including the writing component, must be sent to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency.
  • Test scores are required of all freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 30 transferable academic semester hours.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 pbt, 79 ibt test, 213 computer based or 6.5 IELTS is required.

4) Recommendation Letters

  • 2 letters of recommendation are required of all applicants and are to be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
    • 1 letter is to come from an arts instructor and 1 from an academic instructor.
    • If not currently enrolled in school a letter may come from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc.

5) Mandatory Information Form

  • Complete, sign and give the form to your guidance counselor or college advisor to complete, sign and mail to the Office of Admissions. If not currently enrolled in school the form may be completed by an employer, mentor or instructor who has known you for at least 1 year or more.
    Note: Home schooled applicants must have someone other than a parent complete the form.

6) Artistic Statement

  • A 2 page statement expressing your interests, goals and other information providing insight into your work. This document may be used if you are recommended for scholarship consideration. Please include your full name on the document.

7) Resume

  • A document detailing artistic experience and educational objectives. Note: Some arts schools require additional information. Please visit the admissions link for each arts school for requirements.

8) International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants must supply the following documentation.

  • TOEFL Test Score of 550 ptb or 79 itb.
  • Copy of current passport.
  • Copy of visa or I-20 if held at the time of application.

If a Permanent Resident, a copy of both sides of your permanent resident paperwork is required.

9) Forms

High School Transcripts

Most North Carolina public high schools now have the capability to electronically send official high school transcripts to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities through We encourage you to visit your school counselor to verify coursework and grades prior to requesting an electronic transcript.

To send an electronic transcript, you must:

  • Make sure you have entered the following information in your profile and/or online admission application:
    • First and Last name - This must match your legal name (use the name that appears on your report card, or check with your high school counselor).
    • NC Student Number (formerly NC WISE Student ID) - is your North Carolina public high school student identifier number and is only applicable to North Carolina High School students. Providing the NC Student Number is voluntary and if provided, will give you the opportunity to request your high school transcript electronically.
    • Current high school (or high school at time of graduation)
    • Date of birth
    • E-mail address
    • Gender
  • Be currently enrolled at or graduated from in 2013, a participating public high school in North Carolina that has converted from NC WISE to PowerSchool/HomeBase. If you are not sure about your school's current status or statusat the time you graduated, check with your school counselor.

Important Announcement:

As of November 13, 2013, electronic transcripts for some schools are now being processed from NC DPI's new PowerSchool system. Please refer to the list of schools spreadsheet to see if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the new PowerSchool system, or if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the NC WISE system. The differences are described below.

PowerSchool: This means that currently enrolled students can now send electronic transcripts that contain their current student information from PowerSchool.
Please note there will be a temporary process change for electronic transcripts until later this academic year for students who graduated in summer 2013 or before. NC DPI is in the process of migrating historical data from NC WISE to PowerSchool. If you graduated in summer 2013 or before, you will need to contact your high school directly to request a transcript.

NC WISE: This means that all currently enrolled students and former students can send electronic transcripts that contain their information from NC WISE. For currently enrolled seniors, please note that transcripts from NC WISE do not include any courses in which you are currently enrolled (Fall 2013).

Over the next few weeks NC DPI is working to transition all remaining schools to the new PowerSchool system. Please check this message area and the list of schools spreadsheet (link above) for the latest information.

If these conditions were met when you submitted your online application, you will then be presented with the option to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution.

If you submitted an online admission application through another website or university portal, we encourage you to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution from the CFNC Transcript Manager (located under the Apply tab → To College → Transcript Manager).

Office of Admissions
UNC School of the Arts
1533 South Main St
Winston Salem, NC  27127
Telephone: (336) 770-3290
Fax: (336) 770-3370
How to Use the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Online Application

To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

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