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Chicago College of Performing Arts Admission

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1. Submit your online application

The application for Spring, Fall, and Summer 2018 will open on October 1, 2017.

2018 Priority Application Deadline (Fall & Summer): January 15, 2018. Applications received after this date are not guaranteed the ability to audition live.

2018 Professional Diploma in Opera Application & Pre-Screening Deadline: November 27, 2017

*Note: We will not accept late applications or pre-screening material to the Professional Diploma in Opera program 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 Michael Holmes, Interim Assistant Dean 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 Michael Holmes, Interim Assistant Dean 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 for Fall 2018 applicants: February 24, 2018
Supplemental Application Materials Deadline for Summer Only Fast-Track MA Theatre Directing applicants: January 15, 2018

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)

  • Musical Arts-January 27th, February 3rd and February 17th
  • Brass- January 27th and February 24th
  • Classical Guitar-February 10th
  • Harp-February 17th
  • Jazz & Contemporary Studies- January 27th, February 3rd and February 10th
  • Music Composition-January 27th and February 17th
  • Music Education-February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th and February 24th
  • Professional Diploma in Opera-Pre-screening Materials Due by November 27, 2017. Live Auditions-February 2nd
  • Orchestral Studies-February 3rd
  • Percussion-February 24th
  • Piano-February 3rd, February 10th and February 24th
  • Strings-January 27th, February 3rd and February 24th
  • Voice-January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th and February 17th
  • Woodwinds-January 27th and February 24th

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

  • Kaufman Music Center, New York, NY - January 12
  • The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA - January 12
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI - January 20

Theatre Conservatory

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

  • January 27th, February 3rd and February 17th

National Unified Auditions

  • New York Unified Auditions-January 20th and January 21st
  • Chicago Unified Auditions- February 4th (Dance Call Day ONLY), February 5th, February 6th, February 7th and February 8th. 
  • Los Angeles Unified Auditions-February 10th and February 11th  
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 4th.