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Chicago College of Performing Arts Admission

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1. Submit your online application

Applicants to the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) should ONLY complete the Performing Arts application. DO NOT complete an Undergraduate or Graduate application. Admission to CCPA is run separately from the rest of Roosevelt University and therefore, you will only complete one application and receive one acceptance – both through CCPA.

2017 Priority Application Deadline (Fall & Summer): January 15, 2017

*Note: Applications received after this date are not guaranteed the ability to audition live

2017 Professional Diploma in Opera Application & Pre-Screening Deadline: December 1, 2016

*Note: We will not accept late applications or pre-screening material for any reason. You will be notified in December if you have been selected for a live audition. Do not make travel arrangements to Chicago unless you have been notified that you have made it through our pre-screening round of auditions.
2. Schedule Your Audition and/or Interview

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an automated email titled, “Next Steps – Performing Arts Application".  Follow the instructions in this email for completing your secondary application on and scheduling your audition or interview, if applicable.  You will also be prompted to pay your application fee through

Fee Waiver Requests

Undergraduate applicants seeking a waiver of the application fee must submit a Request for Application Fee Waiver.  This form can either be scanned and emailed to or mailed to:

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

This form must be received prior to the application deadline.

*Undergraduate applicants who are current members of the Merit School of Music, Music Institute of Chicago, or Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra automatically qualify for a fee waiver.  The above request form should not be completed by these applicants. Please email the CCPA Office of Enrollment directly for information on the fee waiver process at

*Graduate applicants who have completed a degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts may also automatically qualify for a fee waiver.  Please email the CCPA Office of Enrollment directly for information on the fee waiver process at  Waivers of the application fee will not be granted to any other graduate applicant for any reason.
3. Submit your Supplemental Application Materials

Once you submit your application, you will be able to view your Supplemental Items Listing within RU Connect.  This is where you will go to view and track what materials we need for your application to be marked complete.

Supplemental Application Materials Deadline: February 25th, 2017

Mailing address for transcripts and test scores:

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

Additional Requirements

International Applicants

TOEFL: All applicants for whom English is not a first nor primary language must submit results from either the TOEFL or IELTS exam, or request a waiver of the requirement. Waivers are only granted if an applicant has significant studies in an English-speaking institution. The Chicago College of Performing Arts does not have a minimum score required for admission on the TOEFL or IETLS exam. 

EVALUATED TRANSCRIPTS: International applicants must also have their transcripts sent to an evaluation service, who will then provide an evaluation to Roosevelt University.  Please refer to the International Admission page for information on foreign credential evaluation services.

Transfer Applicants (Music Conservatory)

If you are currently attending another institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and applying to transfer, you must submit a Transfer Acknowledgement Form as per NASM requirements. We will not be able to consider you for scholarship if you are offered admission without this on file.

Mailing address for NASM forms:

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

4. Complete your Financial Aid Requirements

US Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid if they wish to be considered for federal aid. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information.

All applicants offered admission to the Chicago College of Performing Arts are automatically considered for merit scholarship.

5. Audition/Interview

Audition Repertoire and Interview information

Music Conservatory

Theatre Conservatory

  • Acting (BFA)
  • Musical Theatre Dance Concentration (BFA)
  • Musical Theatre (BFA)

Dates & Locations

Music Conservatory

On Campus Auditions/Interviews (Roosevelt University, Auditorium Building, 430 S Michigan Ave, 9th Floor, Room 918, Chicago, IL 60605)

Dates TBD

Off Campus Auditions (Not available for the following areas: Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies, Music Composition, Percussion, Opera Diploma) 


Theatre Conservatory

On Campus Auditions (CCPA Dance Studios, 218 South Wabash Ave, 3rd Floor Dance Studios, Chicago, IL 60604)

Dates TBD

National Unified Auditions

Dates TBD

Note: Transfer applicants to the Musical Theatre program auditioning in Chicago must take a brief music theory assessment on the day of their audition.  Those attending Chicago Unified Auditions must complete the assessment on February 5th.