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How to Apply to CCPA

1. Submit your online application

The Fall 2015 Performing Arts Application is now OPEN!  Please click here to apply. 


If you created an account prior to Monday, October 27th, you must create a new account with a different email address than the one you used previously.  If you use your old account, you will not be given the option to select an area of study within the Chicago College of Performing Arts.  

If you get a server error message as you are completing the application, please click the back arrow on your internet browser.  The last page you were on for the application should reload.  Then, click Save & Continue again, and you should be brought to the next page of the application form.  

If you will be completing the application in a Chrome browser, you will need to turn on JavaScript by following these instructions:
1. Click the Chrome menu in the top right-hand corner of your browser
2. Select SETTINGS
4. Under the "Privacy" section, click CONTENT SETTINGS
5. In the "JavaScript" section, select ALLOW ALL SITES TO RUN JAVASCRIPT

Our priority deadline for application is January 15, 2015. Applicants after January 15 are not guaranteed the ability to audition live, and so we encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible.

Undergraduate applicants seeking a waiver of the application fee must submit a Request for Application Fee Waiver, available from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Once the form has been completed, an original copy must be mailed to the CCPA Office of Enrollment to the attention of Assistant Dean Patrick ZylkaThe form must be received prior to the application deadline.  

Please note: Members of the Merit School of Music and/or Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra automatically qualify for a fee waiver. The above NACAC form does NOT need to be filled out by these individuals. Members of these organizations should contact our office directly to request a fee waiver.

Graduate applicants who have completed a degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts may contact our office to receive a fee waiver. Waivers of the application fee will NOT be granted for any other applicant to the graduate programs of CCPA.

2. Schedule your audition

Once your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that it has been received. Follow and bookmark the link in this email to visit our Next Steps Page. There you will be given instructions about how to schedule your live audition. You cannot schedule an audition until your application has been received and your application fee has been paid (or waived).

Music Composition applicants will submit portfolios through Decision Desk in lieu of an audition, but they must also sign up for an interview time. If you cannot come to campus for your interview, you will be scheduled for a phone interview to take place on one of the Music Composition interview dates.

Applicants to the Professional Diploma in Opera will be notified in December if they have been selected for live auditions in February.

CCPA Audition Dates & Requirements

3. Submit your supplemental materials

Once your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that it has been received. Follow and bookmark the link in this email to visit our Next Steps Page. There you will be given instructions about how to access the sites below.

MUSIC applicants must create a profile on Decision Desk and submit supplemental materials through that site (and recorded auditions, if you are not auditioning live). This is where you will pay your non-refundable performing arts application fee of $100.

THEATRE applicants must complete an additional application through Acceptd and supplemental materials through that site. This is where you will pay your non-refundable performing arts application fee of $100.


Official transcripts from your high school and/or all colleges previously/currently attended. Digital transcripts are welcomed - have your school send them to Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, IL (address below) or emailed to Transfer applicants with more than 15 earned college credits are not required to submit high school transcripts. 

International students must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following evaluators:


Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. There is no standard form for these letters, and they must be submitted through the online application.

TEST SCORES (high school applicants only)

Official ACT or SAT scores must be sent electronically through the testing center or the College Board website. You are not required to submit your test scores separately if they are printed on your high school transcript. Copies of score printouts will not be accepted. Transfer students with more than 15 earned college credits do not need to submit test scores. Roosevelt's ACT code is 1124; SAT code is 1666.


Theatre applicants must submit a headshot and theatrical resume to CCPA via Acceptd.

If you are a transferring music applicant currently attending another institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), you must submit a Transfer Release Form as per NASM requirements. We are not able to consider you for scholarship without this form on file.

International applicants must submit additional admission requirements, which can be found here.

Send transcripts & test scores to:

Roosevelt University
Admission Processing Center
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Schaumburg, IL  60173

Send NASM forms and Fee Waiver Requests to:

Roosevelt University
CCPA Office of Enrollment, Room 918
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

4. Complete your Financial Aid Requirements

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as close to the start of 2014 as possible if they wish to be considered for financial aid (this includes scholarship). The Roosevelt University FAFSA code is 001749.

Students who apply to CCPA are ONLY eligible for performing arts scholarships, and are not eligible for academic scholarships. Auditions, programmatic needs of the conservatory, and financial need are all considered when assigning performing arts scholarships.

Master of Music applicants who wish to apply for Graduate Assistantships may do so here.