- Application Fee
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Dossier (Music Performance applicants only)
- Letters of Recommendation
- Mailing Instructions
- Private Teachers
- Standardized Tests
- Currently Enrolled Juilliard College Students
- Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students
- Applicants With Disabilities
- Late Application/Pre-Screening Materials Policies
The application fee is nonrefundable. Make check or money order payable to The Juilliard School. All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Application fee waivers are available only for eligible undergraduate applicants.
- Jazz Studies: $110, must be received by December 1, 2015.
- Music Performace: $110, must be received by December 1, 2015.
- Opera Studies: $110, must be received by November 2, 2015.
Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any transcripts until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than the appropriate deadline (see below).
Documentation of post-secondary schooling is an essential component of the application process. Applicants must supply official transcripts of all previous college / conservatory / university studies demonstrating scholastic competence sufficient to succeed in course work at the graduate level.
- Jazz Studies and Music Performance applicants should send the official transcripts of school records after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than February 15, 2016.
- Opera Studies applicants should send the official transcripts of school records after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than December 11, 2015.
Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, or be sent directly from the issuing institution. This applies to U.S. and international applicants.
For graduates of foreign institutions: Please note that, if The Juilliard School is unable to determine equivalency, an official evaluation may be required (through World Education Services (212) 966-6311). Official transcripts with translations, as needed, are due by the dates listed above.
Current Juilliard College Students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions.
Formerly enrolled Juilliard College Students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions, however, they should provide transcripts for any other institutions attended after their tenure at Juilliard.
The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language* (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL score which meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:
- those who have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years; AND
- have/will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution
In other words, only applicants who meet both conditions above for a total of eight years of study at English language institutions are exempt.
*The Juilliard School defines "native language" as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.
Minimum score requirements* for Artist Diploma applicants:
- IBT Total: 73
- IBT Writing: 11
- CBT Total: 200
- CBT Essay: 3.0
- PBT Total: 533
*Opera Studies applicants must submit an official TOEFL score by the deadline below. A minimum of 73 is preferred.
- Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL scores by the deadlines below. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable.
- Jazz Studies and Music Performance: February 15, 2016 (except Collaborative Piano, which is due December 1, 2015).
- Opera Studies: December 11, 2015.
- Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file which meets the minimum guidelines for admission (see above grid).
- Jazz Studies and Music Performance applicants should take a TOEFL by January 2016 in order to have the score submitted to the Admissions Office by February 15.
- Opera Studies applicants should take a TOEFL by October 2015 in order to have the score submitted to the Admissions Office by December 11.
- If you submitted a TOEFL score report to your undergraduate or graduate institution that meets our minimum requirements, you may ask that institution's Registrar to send to us directly an official photocopy of the score report in a sealed school envelope. It is important to note that not all schools will release this information and applicants who wish to pursue this option should research it well in advance so as to leave themselves time to take another TOEFL, if necessary.
- Juilliard does not grant exemptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement based on an applicant’s citizenship status. However, applicants who will have studied full-time for at least six years but less than eight years at English-speaking institutions (prior to enrolling at Juilliard) may be considered for a waiver of the TOEFL score, with approval from the Office of Admissions. To apply for a waiver of the TOEFL:
- Submit a letter explaining your academic background and enclose official transcripts totaling at least six years of study in English* (include all college and high school transcripts as needed) by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 or December 1). *It is acceptable for the applicant to be in the sixth year of study if currently enrolled in an English-speaking institution. Transcripts should show strong grades in academic classes, and may not include English as a Second Language studies.
- The letter and all transcripts must be included in the same envelope; transcripts that are received separately from the letter will not be reviewed and the waiver request will be considered incomplete.
- Incomplete or late requests will not be considered, without exception.
- The Associate Dean for Admissions will review all complete waiver requests and will respond via e-mail.
- Applicants who are not granted a waiver will be required to submit an official TOEFL score by one of the deadlines noted above, and are required to attend an English Language Interview during the audition period (see below).
- Applicants who are granted a waiver will still be required to attend an English Language Interview during the audition period (see below).
- The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340.
- Visit the TOEFL Web site for more information.
- Current and Former Juilliard College Students do not need to submit another TOEFL.
English Language Interview: In addition, all applicants who either have TOEFL scores lower than 95 or were granted TOEFL waivers are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency must complete an interview with the Office of International Advisement (Room 245) during the audition period, regardless of whether a TOEFL waiver is granted. This interview is an essential component for the Admissions Committee in making admissions decisions. It is important to note that this interview does not replace a TOEFL score, nor can a member of the International Advisement staff waive the English Language Proficiency requirement.
- Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.
- Essays should be 1 - 2 pages, double-spaced, and in a 12 point font.
- Please note that essays should be written in English (not translated from another language) and be your own original work; your signature upon submission of the application indicates that “all information provided on this application is honestly presented,” which includes authorship of required essays.
- All applicants to any of the three Artist Diploma programs are required to submit one essay in the online application.
- Applicants to the A.D. in Music Performance have additional essay requirements (see below).
1. All applicants to the Artist Diploma, choose one of the following essay topics:
- The painter Piet Mondrian stated, "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." Do you believe that artists are conduits for art, or its creators? Please explain why, with examples where possible.
- If you had the opportunity to adapt a work of visual art or literature to your own artistic medium, what would you choose? Why? What would your adaptation be like?
2. Applicants to the A.D. in Music Performance, IN ADDITION TO No. 1, above, please state your specific artistic and educational objectives for this period of study. Give some thought to the verifiability of these professional goals and how you would work in a non-structured educational environment to achieve them. It is important to note that this statement is a critically important aspect of the admission review process. (You must submit two essays in total. If you are also applying to the D.M.A., you must complete the essays required for that program as well, for a total of four essays.)
Optional additional essay topic: If you have a unique or specific personal or academic history about which you feel the Admissions Committee should be aware, please feel free to upload an additional, optional short essay to share with the Committee. Please note that this essay is totally optional, and should only be submitted if an explanation is required for an unusual circumstance. Some examples might be: reasons for taking a gap year; an unusually low or poor grade, semester, or year on a transcript, etc.
Your essay(s) should be submitted through the online application. Please do not also submit a hard copy of your essay via post.
Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in your dossier until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2016.
Applicants to the Artist Diploma in Music Performance must submit a dossier containing documentation of professional accomplishments in performance after they have received their official audition invitations and no later than February 15. This should include, but is not limited to: a bio, a representative repertoire list from the past two years, press clippings/reviews, list of recordings (if any), Web site address (if available).
To register a teacher as a recommender, log into your online application. Click on the "Recommendations" section (this portion of the application is available even after submission). In the "Recommendations" section, you can add, delete, or send a reminder to a recommender. After registering your teacher's name and e-mail address in this section, the application system will send an automatic e-mail to your teacher which provides instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation online. Additionally, you can track whether the letter has been submitted in the online application. As an alternative, teachers may e-mail their letters of recommendation directly to email@example.com. Letters MUST be submitted/sent directly by the teachers. Photocopies, scans, and forwarded e-mails submitted by the applicant will NOT be accepted.
Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Please do not send in any letters of recommendation until after you have received your official audition invitation, and no later than February 15, 2016. Additional letters of recommendation are NOT required or necessary.
Jazz Studies applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation, but may do so if they desire.
Music Performance (due February 15, 2016) and Opera Studies* (due December 11, 2015) applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. These should address the applicant’s academic and performance potential for the A.D program.
*Currently enrolled Voice majors are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
- Supplemental materials should be sent using mailing systems that can be tracked (i.e. FedEx, UPS, or registered mail) so that you can confirm they were received by Juilliard by the appropriate deadline.
- The mailing address should contain your major and specify the enclosed material (please see example below). However, if mailing a check, please do not put any references to it on the envelope (you may simply write "Application Materials").
- Please send required materials well in advance of the deadline(s) so that they are RECEIVED BY the appropriate date(s).
- Failure to follow the recommended mailing format and instructions may result in your application being considered late.
MAILING ADDRESS EXAMPLE
The Juilliard School
Office of Admissions
[Major - Enclosed Item]*
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
*e.g. "Piano - Dossier" or "Opera Studies - Application Materials"
- Majors that are not pre-screened are guaranteed an audition. Pre-screened majors are reviewed for audition invitations and will receive pre-screening results by the end of January 2016 (by mid-November 2015 for Opera Studies).
- All applicants invited to audition must do so live in New York; The Juilliard School does not accept video auditions, under any circumstances.
- It is recommended that applicants avoid scheduling conflicts by planning to be available for the entire audition period.
- For more information on procedures regarding accompanists, practice rooms during auditions, and callbacks (if applicable), see here.
- See here for audition dates and specific audition repertoire requirements.
- Though it is not required, it is common for applicants to set up a meeting/lesson with studio faculty members in advance of their auditions. While Admissions does not make arrangements for such meetings, we can provide contact information for teachers who have indicated their availability to meet with prospective applicants. Due to their schedules, not all faculty are able to meet with applicants. You are welcome to e-mail Admissions to request contact information for up to four studio faculty members. Scheduling and payment is then up to you.
- We encourage applicants to research all studio faculty for their departments by reviewing faculty bios, recordings, consulting with your current teachers and any current or former students of our faculty.
- Teacher selections are confidential. This means that studio faculty are not advised of the teacher preference selections you make on your application until after admissions decisions are finalized and the teachers are consulted about studio availability.
- Your audition will be scheduled based on the availability of your first-choice teacher, as noted on your application, to hear you perform. If your first-choice teacher will not attend auditions, you will be scheduled based on your second-choice teacher's attendance, and so on. For departments with larger faculty, not all teachers attend all audition days. Therefore, it may not be possible for all of your preferred teachers to hear your audition.
- Once auditions are scheduled, Juilliard cannot make any changes to the audition schedule. Audition dates/times cannot be changed due to an update or change in your teacher preferences.
Juilliard does not require the GRE. However, applicants who are taking the tests are welcome to send results to the Admissions Office. The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 2340.
The Admissions Office reserves the right to seek additional information from former teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors to assist with admissions decisions.
- Currently enrolled Juilliard students seeking to enter a new program of study must apply formally by the appropriate application deadline and must audition during published audition dates. Auditions for the Artist Diploma will not serve as graduation juries.
- Current students are not required to submit pre-screening materials unless applying to a different major (if applicable).
- The application fee of $110 will be waived for all current students who submit their applications on or before the deadline.
- Current students who missed the appropriate application deadline must make an appointment with the Associate Dean for Admissions to request approval of a late application. If approved, the full fee of $110 will be charged. In general, late applications are only approved if auditions slots are available; for pre-screened majors, late applications may only be considered at the conclusion of pre-screening.
- Current students must submit all required essays and a dossier (for the Artist Diploma in Performance).
- Music Performance applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations are not required for current Voice students applying to the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, or current Jazz Studies students applying to the Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies.
- Current students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions.
- Current students do not need to submit another TOEFL.
- The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
- Former college students who have not been in attendance during the previous academic year and who plan to apply for readmission must submit an application and fee to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.
- All former students applying for readmission are required to submit pre-screening materials (if applicable) and take the regular entrance auditions.
- Former college students must submit all required essays.
- Former college students are required to submit the appropriate letters of recommendation.
- Former college students do not need to request Juilliard transcripts be sent to Admissions, however, they should provide transcripts for any other institutions attended after their tenure at Juilliard.
- Former college students do not need to submit another TOEFL.
- The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
- The Juilliard School statute of limitations policy limits the amount of time allowed to elapse between a student’s original enrollment in a program of study and completion of that program.
The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of disabled applicants in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (A.D.A.). Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support Services (OASS) in writing by December 15 (December 1 for Opera Studies applicants) to the address below. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of their disability to OASS, and to complete an Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form and an Audition Accommodation Request Form. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Office of Academic Support Services
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000 Ext. 213
In general, The Juilliard School does not accept late applications or late pre-screening materials. However, the School may accept a late application, and/or late pre-screening materials, depending upon the number of applications received for a particular major (this is applicable to applicants for the A.D. only; late applications, and/or pre-screening materials, are not accepted from applicants to the D.M.A. program). Please note: because there is no guarantee that a late application will be accepted for any major, we strongly advise you to submit your application by the published deadline.
Admissions expects to have final word on whether late applications will be accepted for music by 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Please check back here on December 3 and do not contact the Office regarding the submission of a late application. If a particular major is not listed, that means we cannot accept late applications for that department.
- Non pre-screened majors: typically would be accepted only if spaces remain available in the audition schedule after all on-time applicants have been scheduled. Late applicants to non pre-screened majors would not have an opportunity to request preferred audition dates as all on-time applicants will have already been scheduled. Instead, they would be scheduled in whichever appropriate audition slots remain. ("Appropriate" slots are those in which applicants would be auditioning among candidates applying to the same degree level.)
- Pre-screened majors: late applications, and/or late pre-screening materials, may be accepted, however, late applicants to pre-screened majors are not guaranteed review of their materials. Regardless of whether the School reviews these materials, or whether the applicant is invited to audition, application and pre-screening fees are not refundable. AFTER all on-time applicants' materials have been reviewed, IF there is still room in the audition schedule, THEN late pre-screened applicants' materials may be reviewed. Late applicants would be notified whether their materials were reviewed by the end of January 2016. If late materials were considered, pre-screening results would be sent by the end of January as well. Late applicants invited to audition would be scheduled in whichever appropriate audition slots remain. ("Appropriate" slots are those in which applicants would be auditioning among candidates applying to the same degree level.)
Please do not call the Office with inquiries regarding late applications and/or late pre-screening materials. Check back after 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, December 3, 2015.