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Chicago College of Performing Arts Admission

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1. Submit your online application

The application for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and Fall 2019 is now OPEN! Apply now!

2. Schedule Your Audition and/or Interview

Once you have submitted your initial Roosevelt University application, the next step is to complete the CCPA supplementary application through GetAcceptd.com. This is also where you will go to pay the $100 application fee. After you have submitted both your initial Roosevelt University application and your CCPA supplementary application, we will invite you to schedule your specific audition/interview date.

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 bkenis@roosevelt.edu 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 Ben Kenis, Interim Assistant Dean of Enrollment directly for information on the fee waiver process at bkenis@roosevelt.edu.

*Graduate applicants who have completed a degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts may also automatically qualify for a fee waiver.  Please email Ben Kenis, Interim Assistant Dean of Enrollment directly for information on the fee waiver process at bkenis@roosevelt.edu.  Waivers of the application fee will not be granted to any other graduate applicant for any reason.

3. Submit your Supplemental Application Materials

All Chicago College of Performing Arts students must submit the following supplemental materials:

  • GetAcceptd.com Supplemental Application & Application Fee
  • 2 or 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from all previously attended schools/institutions.
  • Official ACT/SAT scores (Freshman-only) 

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.

Mailing address for transcripts and test scores:

Roosevelt University
Admission Processing Center
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
admissionforms@roosevelt.edu

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)
  • Theatre Directing, Summer Only (MA)

Dates & Locations

Music Conservatory

Deadlines:

COT Pre-screen Deadline - November 26, 2018

Music Conservatory Recorded Audition Submission Deadline - February 23, 2019

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

February 1st

  • COT Auditions

February 2nd

  • Voice
  • Classical Guitar
  • BMA
  • Piano
  • Music Education

February 9th

  • Voice
  • BMA
  • Piano
  • Music Education
  • Strings
  • Jazz
  • Composition
  • OS Woodwinds
  • OS Brass
  • OS Percussion
  • OS Harp

February 16th

  • Voice
  • BMA
  • Music Education
  • Strings
  • Jazz
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Harp

February 23rd

  • Voice
  • BMA
  • Piano
  • Music Education
  • Strings
  • Composition
  • Jazz
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion

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

  • Interlochen-January 19th
  • LA-February 1st
  • New York-February 8th

Theatre Conservatory

 Deadline: December 15th

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

  • January 26th
  • February 2nd
  • February 16th

National Unified Auditions

  • New York Unified Auditions - January 19-20, 2019
  • Chicago Unified Auditions - February 3-7, 2019 (Sunday Dance Call ONLY)
  • Los Angeles Unified Auditions-February 9-10, 2019
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 3rd.