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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.

Please note: You will need your UID to submit this application. Your UID is generated within 1 week of submitting your Common App, Coalition Application, or Graduate Application. If you are waiting to receive your BUID# from BU Admissions, you can enter U00000000 as a placeholder in your application. email theatre@bu.edu to update your application with the correct ID# once it has been assigned. 



Questions? Please contact us at theatre@bu.edu or call 617-353-3390
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Undergraduate -- Important Application Information and Deadlines

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 2021-2022 applicants for Boston University.

The School of Theatre application will open on October 1st, 2021 for admission for Fall 2022. 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.


Early Decision 1 

  • Common Application Deadline: Apply by November 1 
  • Acceptd Deadline: Upload by November 5th
    • please schedule your audition after applying and provide supplemental materials if desired.

Early Decision 2

  • 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 4th
    • please schedule your audition after applying and provide supplemental materials if desired.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision candidates applying for the BFA Performance Core will be required to submit a pre-screen. 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.

There are no prescreen requirements for students applying to the BFA Design, Production, and Management Core. 

  • Acceptd Deadline: Upload by December 1st

BU Financial Aid

  • Application Deadline: Apply by December 1
  • Required Materials: FAFSA and CSS Profile 

Transfer Students
  • Application Deadline: March 1st
  • 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.

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.



Graduate -- Important Application Information and Deadlines

In addition to your portfolio, you must complete a CFA Graduate Application.

BU Priority Application deadline January 15, 2022. URTA Applicant deadline February 15, 2022. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis. 

The 2022 URTA's (University Resident Theater Association) will take place January 14 - February 5, 2022. Applications open on September 7, 2021. URTA Applicant deadline February 15, 2022. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis. 

Additional information is available on the CFA School of Theatre website. Please do not hesitate to email theatre@bu.edu with any questions regarding your graduate application. 

Thank you! We look forward to seeing your work.

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