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The School of Theatre within the College of Fine Arts at Boston University is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design, production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession, while providing students an opportunity to integrate a thorough liberal arts education.

The core values of the School of Theatre include collaboration involving faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists; a rigorous curriculum that allows mastery of skills across areas offered; a blending of artistic growth combined with the rigor of intellectual growth and the value of every individual’s potential. The School of Theatre strives to be on the forefront of exploring new possibilities for the field through a laboratory approach to new and existing work.


You must apply to Boston University via the Common App prior to submitting your materials. You can find out more about BU admission requirements here*.

*SAT and ACT are NOT REQUIRED for 2020-2021 applicants for Boston University.


The School of Theatre application will open on October 1st, 2020 for admission for Fall 2021. Please start an application to view the specific guidelines. To sign up for an information session led by a current student, faculty, or staff member, please click here.

University Application Deadlines

Important Deadlines

  • Early Decision 1 
    • Common Application Deadline: Apply by November 1 
    • Acceptd Deadline: Upload by November 7th
  • Early Decision 2 
    • Common Application with Merit Scholarship* DeadlineApply by December 1
      • *For more information on merit scholarships, please click here
    • Common Application Deadline without Merit Scholarship Deadline: Apply by January 1st
    • Acceptd Deadline: Upload by January 8th
  • Regular Decision
    • Common Application with Merit Scholarship* Deadline: Apply by December 1
      • *For more information on merit scholarships, please click here
    • Common Application Deadline without Merit Scholarship Deadline: Apply by January 1st
    • Acceptd Deadline: Upload by January 8th
  • BU Financial Aid Application Deadline: Apply by January 1
    • Required Materials: FAFSA and CSS Profile 
  • Transfer Application Deadline: TBD (late February/early March)
    • We will accept transfer applications after February 1st, 2021

Applying to the BFA Performance Core*:

*The BFA Performance Core includes our BFA Acting and BFA Theatre Arts - Performance programs. Learn more about the Performance Core here.
For Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 applicants, please schedule your live Zoom audition after applying. Please also provide any supplemental materials.

Regular Decision candidates will be required to submit a pre-screen. Pre-screens can be submitted via Accept’d between Sunday, November 1st and Friday, January 8th. Some applicants may be invited to schedule a live Zoom callback/interview after the pre-screen is submitted. Applicants will be notified of this by January 11th at the latest.


Applying to the BFA Design, Production, and Management Core:
*The BFA Design, Production, and Management Core includes our BFA Design, BFA Production, BFA Stage Management and BFA Theatre Arts – D&P programs. Learn more about the Design, Production, and Management Core here.
Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 applicants, please schedule your live Zoom interview after applying. Please also provide any supplemental materials.

Regular Decision applicants, please schedule your live Zoom interview after applying. Please also provide any supplemental materials.


Thank you! We look forward to seeing your work.
Questions? Please contact theatre@bu.edu.
For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.
For financial assistance regarding fee waivers, please visit this page for more information.

Tour of the SOT space
Student Profile: Ireon Roach (CFA’21)
Core Values with McCaela Donovan and Jim Noone