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Nazareth is an inclusive community of inspired learners, educators, and changemakers who for 100 years have been driven by a bold commitment to action, empathy, equity, and leading innovation for the common good. Nearly 2,100 undergrad and 600 graduate students enroll in degree and certificate programs and engage in collaborative, transformative learning experiences, preparing for the professions and society of today and tomorrow.

School of MusicFeaturing 6 different majors, 17+ ensembles, and professional work like singing with Josh Groban or studying abroad in Ireland. Not to mention, our state of the art facilities to learn in!

Theatre & Dance DepartmentPursue Musical Theatre (BFA), Theatre Arts (BA, can be paired with Education), or Theatre Design & Technology (BFA) with faculty who have worked professionally. There are various opportunities to perform, study in London, and work on new and emerging theatre. 

Art & Design DepartmentStudents can create through Studio Art, Visual Communication Design, Art Education and Art History. Whether it be Saturday Art School or including your work in one of three art galleries, our students have various opportunities to pursue professional work. This program does not require a portfolio for first-year admissions- but we recommend completing one for scholarship. 

Visual and Performing Arts: How to Apply and Audition/Submit Portfolio 

1. Complete the appropriate application: 

First-time students have the option to apply Early Decision (November 1st), Early Action (December 1st), or Regular Decision (February 1st). Keep in mind if your audition/review is scheduled after these dates you will not receive any notification until your audition/review is complete.  

2. Schedule your portfolio review or audition:

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Auditions and portfolio reviews are held from fall to spring in person for the 2024-25 season. If you cannot make it in person, we can accommodate a virtual review upon request. Art & Design students aren't required to submit a portfolio review for acceptance, but can still schedule & submit a review for talent based scholarships. Applicants for all majors should schedule their audition/review and fill out the appropriate supplemental forms, with the EXCEPTION of Musical Theatre. 

  •   Musical Theatre majors will be required to pass a prescreen before they can sign up for an audition using the Acceptd Application (DUE December 15th). IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FEE WAIVER- Acceptd grants up to 5 fee waivers with supporting information. View the Acceptd fee waiver guidelines.
  • If you have further questions about the fee, contact Amanda Hayes, at to request a coupon code. Coupon codes are not guaranteed, but are considered on a case by case basis.
  • Once you've passed the prescreen, you will be invited to schedule your audition through Acceptd. Please note: Musical Theatre audition days will be published soon for the 2024-25 cycle. 

3. Prepare for your audition or your portfolio review using the details below:

Please be patient as we update the following information for the 2024-25 Application cycle. 

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Visit here for more information! We encourage you to apply and/or fill out an interest form.

For any questions regarding the review process please email Amanda Hayes, For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.