Dance Division Application and Audition Requirements


The deadline for applications to the Dance Division has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. The application for Fall 2018 will become available on September 1, 2017.

The Juilliard School Dance Division offers a four-year conservatory program leading to either a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an undergraduate Diploma. The training for all Dance students is based equally in classical ballet and modern dance techniques.

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance is a full four-year program of study and includes a Liberal Arts curriculum.

  • The undergraduate Diploma in Dance is a full four-year program of study but does not include a Liberal Arts curriculum. Applicants who wish to apply for the Diploma program must have permission from the Office of Admissions to do so. (Statistics and other disclosure information for non-degree diploma programs can be found here.)

The Dance Division typically accepts 24 students per year (12 women and 12 men) from the entire applicant pool, and does not distinguish between BFA, Diploma, Transfer, International, and Early Enrollment applicants in the audition process.

Please note: Double majors are very rare at Juilliard, due to the strenuous nature of the performance-based curriculum. It is only possible to double major if both majors are within Classical Music; it is not possible to combine divisions (for example, Dance and Acting).

Application Deadlines

All dates listed below are “RECEIVED BY” deadlines.

Please note: Resumes, headshots, videos (other than pre-screening), and other portfolio materials are NOT required or necessary.

Questions regarding the admissions process for the Dance Division may be directed to danceadmissions@juilliard.edu.



Eligibility for Applicants in Dance

  1. All applicants MUST have prior dance training. A minimum of three years of experience with ballet and modern dance vocabulary is required, and dancers should currently be training for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

  2. All applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age upon matriculation to The Juilliard School, and possess either a high school diploma or its equivalent (G.E.D.), or apply under the Early Enrollment program. See the Academic Requirements section for more information.

  3. All applicants must submit an application for admission by December 1, 2016 and attend a live audition as scheduled. There are no exceptions to the live audition requirement, and private auditions are not permitted under any circumstance.

  4. Applicants are permitted to apply and audition no more than two times to the Dance Division if in receipt of unfavorable results. Only one application and one audition per applicant per admissions cycle is permitted.

  5. Transfer Undergraduates should be aware that previous credits earned in dance courses will not be accepted. Up to 12 credits of Liberal Arts courses may be accepted at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar. Transfer students should be aware that the BFA or Diploma in Dance is a mandatory four-year program.


Application and Essay

1. The application for admission is available here beginning September 1, 2016.

2. The deadline to submit the online application is December 1, 2016.

3. All applicants are required to submit an essay as a component of the online application. Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay 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, in a 12 point font.

ALL Dance applicants: 
Please write about what brought you to dance initially, what motivated you to continue and pursue dance at the collegiate/professional level, and how you came to know about Juilliard. Please also elaborate on why you have chosen to apply to Juilliard, and how conservatory training will support your future goals.

Transfer applicants in Dance: 
The decision to transfer is a significant and often difficult one to make. IN ADDITION to the essay above, please explain when the idea of transferring first occurred to you and how that idea developed.

Current or formerly enrolled Juilliard college students: 
IN ADDITION to the essay above, please explain your motivation for continuing or resuming your studies at The Juilliard School. Students may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that they believe could be accomplished by returning to the Juilliard community.

All Dance applicants (optional essay):
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 entirely 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.

Application Fee and Fee Waiver Requests:

The application fee of $80 is nonrefundable. Payment may be made by credit card, checking account, or PayPal account. Applications are not considered “complete” until payment or fee waiver documentation has been received.

Fee waivers are available to eligible applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need by providing one of the following by the application deadline of December 1:

  1. An official College Board fee waiver form (available through high school guidance offices) signed by a high school guidance counselor;

  2. An official SAT fee waiver form signed by your high school guidance counselor;

  3. A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualifies for the free lunch program;

  4. If you can be claimed as a dependent by a family member or guardian, a personal letter describing the family's financial situation; or

  5. If you are independent, copies of 2015 tax forms OR a personal letter describing your financial situation.

Applicants who select the fee waiver option must upload one of the above documents in order to submit this application. The file should be in .doc or .pdf format. Please note: .jgp files are not acceptable. 

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to discontinue any application that does not provide appropriate documentation showing that the applicant qualifies for a fee waiver.


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Secondary School Requirements

The following guidelines are intended to clarify The Juilliard School’s expectations for those who are applying for admission as first-time college students:

Graduation From High School:
Candidates in Dance must be either high school graduates or possess the equivalent of a high school diploma prior to enrollment at Juilliard, or apply under the Early Enrollment program (see below).

Although The Juilliard School does carefully evaluate the transcripts and diplomas earned by applicants, there are no specific courses, GPAs, or class rank required. Transcripts are reviewed to ascertain scholastic competence sufficient to succeed in course work at the college level, and an essay is required to help evaluate the intellectual and scholastic aptitude of prospective students.

Homeschooling Documentation:
The Juilliard School recognizes homeschooling as a viable educational alternative; however, there are important and explicit regulations governing acceptable documentation. We evaluate homeschooled students on the same basis as students from public and private schools: demonstration of academic preparedness for college-level study is a critical component in consideration for admission.

Homeschooled applicants must complete the Homeschooling Information section in the Application for Admission. Your answers will provide guidance to our staff, especially as we evaluate your academic history. The aim is to help the Admissions Committee understand how you have worked to demonstrate mastery of academic and arts subjects, as well as achieve excellence across your curriculum. Anything you or your academic supervisor can do to explain and contextualize your educational circumstances can only be helpful in the Juilliard admissions process.

In addition to completing the Homeschooling Information section of the online application, you must also submit the following:

  1. TRANSCRIPTS. We realize that the transcripts of homeschooled students may be different from those of traditional high school students. Regardless of format, your transcript should include:

    1. All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken.

    2. Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales.

    3. Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education.

    4. Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject; reading lists.

    5. If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work.

    6. Additionally, if you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts.

  2. SAT or ACT. All homeschooled applicants are required to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (with Writing, where offered).

Juilliard reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose file documentation is deemed insufficient and/or incomplete.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore:

  • dancers auditioning in New York should submit these materials so that they are received no later than February 15.

  • dancers auditioning regionally (Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco) should not submit homeschooling documentation unless called back to an interview on audition day. Dancers who are interviewed should submit these materials so that they are received by February 15. 

  • please do NOT bring homeschooling documentation to the audition.

Please note that admitted students will not be given credit for Advanced Placement courses or college courses taken while in high school.

General Education Development Program (G.E.D.):
High school equivalency diplomas are issued by states to eligible applicants who pass the qualifying examinations. Specific age eligibility and proof thereof are required. The Juilliard School adheres to the regulations governing eligibility established by the New York State Education Department and will accept G.E.D.s from qualified applicants. The Juilliard School will also accept the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (T.A.S.C.).

While there are valid reasons for certain applicants to obtain the G.E.D., it is not a substitute or shortcut for a traditional secondary education. Juilliard’s Admissions Committee carefully reviews all candidates’ academic records for preparedness for college-level study. In general, the G.E.D. will only be accepted as a supplement to demonstrated high academic achievement.

Applicants who intend to submit a G.E.D. in place of a high school diploma must demonstrate a strong academic history comparable to four years of high school through additional documentation which may include, but is not limited to: high school and/or college transcripts; appropriate home-schooling documentation; submission of standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT; Advanced Placement (AP) exams, etc. 

Important notes:

  1. Applicants who will have a G.E.D. by the time that official transcripts are due (February 15) are strongly encouraged to also submit either the SAT or ACT to demonstrate academic achievement.

  2. Applicants who are homeschooled and will be taking the G.E.D. due to state requirements must provide all required documentation for homeschooling, including transcripts and standardized test scores.

In addition, The Juilliard School reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant who does not meet the appropriate state education department regulations as written.

Early Enrollment

Dance applicants interested in Early Enrollment may apply during their junior year in high school and must be at least 16 years old upon matriculation.

  • Applicants must be highly talented, strongly endorsed by their principal teachers and school counselors, and show evidence of exceptional maturity.

  • If accepted under the Early Enrollment program, the student would begin studies at Juilliard in lieu of their senior year of high school, and must make arrangements to complete their high school diploma within the first year of study at Juilliard.

  • Students who are planning to graduate early from high school are not considered Early Enrollment applicants.

  • Early Enrollment applicants follow the same application and audition procedures as other candidates.

The Dance Division accepts 24 students per year (12 women and 12 men) from the entire applicant pool, and does not distinguish between Early Enrollment and other applicants in the audition process. As a reminder, applicants are permitted to apply and audition no more than two times to the Dance Division if in receipt of unfavorable results. Only one application and one audition per applicant per admissions cycle is permitted.


Documentation of secondary schooling is an essential component of the application process. Applicants must supply official transcripts demonstrating scholastic competence sufficient to succeed in course work at the college level. Applicants who have attended a high school, secondary school, conservatory, college, or university prior to filing this application should send the official transcripts of school records to The Juilliard School. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, or be sent directly from the issuing institution. A detailed description and sample of an official transcript are available here.

  • Dancers auditioning in New York should submit transcripts so that they are received no later than February 15.

  • Dancers auditioning regionally (Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco) should not submit transcripts unless called back to an interview on audition day. Dancers who are interviewed should submit transcripts so that they are received by February 15. 

  • Please do NOT bring transcripts to the audition.

For students who attend foreign institutions, those studies must be equivalent to a U.S. high school. Equivalency information and translations may be obtained through SpanTran. Applicants must submit official school transcripts accompanied by notarized English translations (if applicable).

All applicants who are offered admission must submit an official final transcript indicating their graduation date no later than July 1, 2017. This applies to both U.S. and international admits. It is the applicant’s obligation to see that the completed records are filed. Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not acceptable as final records. Juilliard reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose file documentation is deemed insufficient and/or incomplete.

Please note that admitted students will not be given credit for Advanced Placement courses or college courses taken while in high school.

Standardized Tests

Juilliard does not require the SAT or ACT tests unless an applicant is homeschooled. However, applicants for whom English is not the native language may submit SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate English Language Proficiency (see below for further instructions). The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 2340. The Juilliard School's ACT code is 2778.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

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, IELTS, ACT or SAT score which meets the minimum requirement (see list below), with the exception of those who have attended school(s) where instruction was provided entirely in English, on a full-time basis for a minimum of seven out of the past 10 years. This may include primary and/or secondary schools for first-time college applicants. For transfer applicants, this may include years spent at an undergraduate institution.

*The Juilliard School defines "native language" as the language first spoken as a child, and the primary language spoken at home.

  • Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT scores. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable.

  • Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file which meets the minimum guidelines for admission (see list below). Applicants should take a TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT no later than January 2018 in order to have the score submitted to the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline.

  • Juilliard does not grant exemptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement, regardless of an applicant’s citizenship status.

  • All admitted undergraduate students must also take the English Language Placement Exam during orientation at the beginning of the fall semester.

  • The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340. The Juilliard School's ACT code is 2778. An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS.

  • For more information on TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website.

  • For more information on IELTS, visit the IELTS website. Please note that IELTS has two test formats: Academic and General Training. The Juilliard School requires the Academic format.

  • The Juilliard School only accepts IELTS scores submitted electronically by an IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. If you have already taken the test, please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. 

  • Current and former Juilliard college students do not need to submit additional English language proficiency scores.

Minimum score requirements for undergraduate applicants:


IBT Total: 73
IBT Writing: 11
CBT Total: 200
CBT Essay: 3.0
PBT Total: 533


Total: 6
Writing: 4

SAT (Applicants may submit either section)

Reading (new SAT): 30
Critical Reading (old SAT): 550
Writing and Language (new SAT): 31
Writing (old SAT): 550

ACT (Applicants may submit the ACT or ACT PLUS Writing)

ACT English AND Reading: 24 on BOTH sections
ACT Combined English/Writing: 24

​Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore: 

  • dancers auditioning in New York should submit test scores so that they are received no later than February 15.

  • dancers auditioning regionally (Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco) should not submit test scores unless called back to an interview on audition day. Dancers who are interviewed should submit test scores so that they are received by February 15. 

  • please do NOT bring test scores to the audition.


The Admissions Office reserves the right to seek additional information from former teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors to assist with admissions decisions.



Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to the Dance Division must submit TWO letters of recommendation. Requirements for Dance Division applicants are as follows:

  1. A recommendation letter from a high school academic teacher, preferably in English, history, or other language arts course work, must be submitted. Juilliard continues to renew its efforts to identify and educate leaders in the profession, students who can be outstanding performers and also effective advocates, collaborators, teachers, and community partners. The impetus behind this requirement is to gain insight into the applicant’s abilities in English and should acknowledge the applicant’s speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities.

Home-schooled applicants should submit a recommendation from someone other than a parent who can address the issues listed above. In addition, this recommendation should address social maturity and ability to integrate well with other students and colleagues.

For college transfer students, a recommendation from a college liberal arts professor would suffice.

  1. In addition to a letter from an academic teacher, Dance applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from a dance teacher. We are concerned with the dancer’s dedication, openness to corrections, technique, performing skills, and citizenship both in and out of the classroom. Any other information the teacher wishes to include will be welcome.

Additional letters of recommendation are neither required nor necessary.

Letters of Recommendation may be submitted online via the application system. Log into your online application. Go to the "Recommendations" section  and click on the "Add Recommender" link and register your recommender. The application system will send an automatic email to your recommender with instructions on how to submit the letter online. You can add, delete, and remind recommenders from this section of the application.

  • Dancers auditioning in New York should submit letters of recommendation so that they are received no later than February 15.

  • Dancers auditioning regionally (Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco) who are called back to an interview on audition day should submit recommendations so that they are received by February 15.

  • Please do NOT bring recommendations to the audition.

The Admissions Office reserves the right to seek additional information from former teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors to assist with admissions decisions.


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1. All applicants who reside outside of the United States and Canada are required to submit a pre-screening video by December 1 to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The pre-screening requirement is not dependent on citizenship status or on permanent address, nor is the requirement waived for applicants who have already made travel plans to the U.S. for other purposes. If you currently reside outside of the U.S. and Canada, you MUST submit a pre-screening video by December 1.

2. Applicants who reside in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U. S. Virgin Islands, or Canada have the option to submit a pre-screening video by December 1. This option may be exercised entirely at the discretion of the applicant.

3. You may not submit a pre-screening video if you currently reside within the 48 contiguous United States, regardless of your citizenship status or permanent address.

4. Pre-screening decisions are final. Applicants who are not invited to the live auditions based on their pre-screening video will not be permitted to schedule a live audition. Applicants who are invited to a live audition based on the results of the pre-screening are required to attend a live audition in order to be considered for admission. An invitation to a live audition is not an offer of admission, nor is it a guarantee of a callback.

5. Pre-screening videos must be submitted via the online application no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2016. Incomplete or insufficient pre-screening materials may affect consideration for an invitation to a live audition.

6. The Dance Division faculty will not review pre-screening videos submitted via email, or on video-sharing websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

7. Pre-screening results will be emailed to all applicants no later than December 22, 2016, along with audition information for selected applicants.

Pre-screening videos should contain the following material, in the order listed:

1. Introductory Section: A brief close-up shot of the dancer (face or ½ body), in which the dancer clearly states his or her full name, current city and country of residence, and a brief history of previous dance training.

2. Technique Section (to musical accompaniment):

  • Grand Adagio with développés in each position, promenades, and pirouettes;

  • Petit Allegro, including jumps on two feet, jetés, temps levés, assemblés, and beats;

  • Grand Allegro including grand jetés and tour jetés, and either balancés or waltzes.

  • Men, please include simple tour en l’air.

3. Performance Section: A prepared solo, either ballet or modern, to musical accompaniment. The solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory. It should demonstrate the dancer’s artistic qualities and flow of movement, and should be approximately two minutes in length. You may include a second solo in the other style if you wish, but this is not required. Please state the title of the solo, the choreographer, and the composer of the music before performing.

4. Optional: Particularly for those dancers who choose to perform a solo that is not modern dance, it may be useful to include a two-minute movement improvisation done barefoot to any piece of classical music by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schubert, or Vivaldi. Improvisations should include changes in level and variation in dynamics. Although dancers who do not include an improvisation will not be penalized, the inclusion of such material may give the faculty more information about the applicant's abilities and potential as a dance artist.

Please note: You will have the option to upload each section as a separate file, or one large file containing all required sections. Depending on your file sizes and internet connection speed, it may be easier to upload each section separately.

Pointe Work
Pointe work is NOT required as part of the pre-screening video. However, women are welcome to do the technique and/or the performance section en pointe if they so choose.

Clothing Requirement
The dancer must be in a unitard or tights and tight fitting top or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe the dancer’s technique. No skirts, no loose fitting tee-shirts, no leg warmers, and no costumes. It is recommended that care be taken to wear colors that will stand out clearly from the background.

Please carefully consider the space in which you are filming: What is in the background (furniture, people, pets, signs, etc.)? Does your clothing contrast with the background color so that you are clearly visible? Is there enough light? While we do not require professional video quality, it is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming. Please review your pre-screening before submitting it to be sure that you can be clearly seen throughout the duration of the video.


Applicants for the Dance Division must register for and attend one of the following scheduled live auditions. Dancers who are pre-screened will not be allowed to schedule an audition unless they receive notification that they have passed pre-screening (notification emails will be sent no later than December 22):

All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition (after a complete application has been submitted). Once the Juilliard School receives the submitted application (including the application fee or fee waiver documentation), the applicant will be emailed with instructions on how to self-schedule an audition via an online system. Auditions are available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis, and some auditions may fill to capacity before the application deadline. Therefore, if an applicant requires an audition in a particular city or on a particular date, it is recommended that the application be submitted well before the deadline.

Audition Process

The entrance audition consists of five components. In order to continue to the next audition component, a dancer must be called back. Callback criteria includes demonstration of significant prior dance training that has offered an understanding of both technical dance language and body alignment; a high level of strength and stamina; and the physical and artistic potential for a career in dance.

All five audition components will take place on the same day, and candidates should be prepared to spend a full day at the audition in the event they are called back to the final component. Dancers may wish to bring lunch or a snack to the audition, as breaks between sections will not be long enough to leave the audition site.

Family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition, and depending on the set-up of the audition site, may not have contact with applicants until their audition is finished.

Please note that there is no quota of dancers to be called back on each audition day, nor is there a quota of dancers to be accepted from each audition city. All dancers are given equal consideration, regardless of the audition date or city. Dancers are encouraged to choose the audition city and/or date that is most convenient.

Ballet Technique Class
The audition begins with a ballet class. Required dress for the ballet class is black leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes for women; and fitted white t-shirt, black tights, white socks, and ballet shoes for men. No skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes are permitted. Pointe shoes are not needed.

A typical ballet audition class will include barre work (pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambe, etc.) as well as center work (adagio, petit allegro/small jumps, grand allegro/big jumps, etc.).

It is important to note that any dancer who does not appear to have adequate dance training at the audition may be asked to leave during the ballet class and before the first callback for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of other dancers at the audition.

Applicants who demonstrate a strong technical base during this portion of the audition may be called back for the modern class.

Modern Technique Class
If called back, dancers will partake in a modern dance class. For the modern dance section, candidates must be barefoot. The modern portion of the audition includes a short center warm-up using the rounding and arching of the torso. Phrases that travel across the floor focus on moving rigorously through space with attention to rhythm, changes of direction, and level changes.

Solo Performance
Dancers who are called back will be asked to perform one solo of their choosing, from repertory or original choreography, not to exceed two minutes in length. The purpose of the solo is to show the dancer as a performer, and should be chosen to show the candidate’s range as well as his/her ability to project.

Each applicant is advised to provide a recording with accompaniment for the solo on a MP3 player (smartphone, iPod, or other device with an auxiliary output). We recommend that you bring a backup player or a CD should one be needed. Please be prepared to tell the faculty the name of the solo (if it has a name), the choreographer, and the composer of your music. Some applicants will then be called back based on the faculty review of solos.

Dancers who are called back will be taught and coached on a brief modern repertory sequence. The faculty is interested in how quickly the dancer picks up choreography, how s/he responds to and incorporates corrections, and how s/he functions as a member of an ensemble in a rehearsal-like setting.

Based on the faculty’s evaluation of the three callback sessions, a select group of applicants may be asked to stay for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to gain insight into the student’s interests outside of the dance studio, his/her personal and professional goals, and to help assess whether the student is intellectually and emotionally ready to enter a rigorous conservatory environment. Students not invited to the interview may reasonably conclude that they are no longer under serious consideration for admission.

Please note: Resumes, headshots, videos, and other portfolio materials are NOT required or necessary. Please do not bring these materials to the audition.


The Dance Division typically accepts 24 students per year (12 women and 12 men) from the entire applicant pool, and does not distinguish between BFA, Diploma, Transfer, International, and Early Enrollment applicants in the audition process.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • A serious commitment to dance training and a career in dance performance.

  • A high level and quality of training. We do not accept students who are untrained. Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience with ballet and modern dance vocabulary.

  • A potential for meeting the technical standards of Juilliard’s professional training program.

  • Talent and potential as a performer, including a vivid imagination, courage, and emotional accessibility.

  • An articulate body promising significant development in dance.

  • A willingness to re-evaluate technique and explore new approaches to training.

  • Demonstrated musicality.

  • The ability to work as a part of an ensemble including: the strength and sensitivity necessary to partner/be partnered, the ability to work openly and honestly with other dancers, the ability to be flexible in the artistic process with choreographers, directors, or rehearsal assistants.

Notification of Admission Status

  • Applicants who are not called back to the final interview portion of the audition may reasonably conclude that they are no longer under serious consideration for admission.

  • Upon completion of auditions in all cities, the faculty will review the applicants who were called back to the interview portion of their audition. The faculty will then select 12 women and 12 men for acceptance, and will usually select a small number of dancers for the waiting list.

  • All applicants will receive notification of their admission status (admit, wait-list, or deny) via email no later than April 1.


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Transfer Students

Transfer status is available only to those accepted into undergraduate programs in Dance, Drama, and Music who have completed work at a post-secondary institution after graduating from high school.

Transfer applicants who enroll in the Dance Division should be aware that the training is a mandatory four-year program.

Liberal arts courses taken at accredited conservatories, colleges, or universities may be transferred after the Registrar has assessed the official transcripts from those institutions. Credits in those subjects will be evaluated in light of the liberal arts requirements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Juilliard. Credit will not be allowed for courses in which the applicant has received a grade lower than C or its equivalent. No transfer credit is given for Advanced Placement courses or college courses taken while in high school.

However, the Registrar will not evaluate a transfer applicant’s credentials until after the applicant has completed the audition process and been admitted to the school.

Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits in residence at Juilliard.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply to The Juilliard School.

  1. International students who reside outside of the U.S.A. and Canada at the time of application are required to submit a pre-screening recording by December 1. Please see the Auditions & Pre-Screening section for more information.

  2. International students who reside within the U.S.A. or Canada at the time of application are not required to pre-screen. The mailing address portion of the application should reflect the applicant's current residence within the U.S.A. or Canada.

  3. International students should carefully review the information in the Academic Requirements section to understand the admissions policies of The Juilliard School with regard to secondary education, transcripts, and proof of English language proficiency (if the applicant's first language is not English).

  4. Applicants who pass pre-screening will be invited to attend a live audition in the U.S.A. and will be given a letter to support their application for a B-2 visitor visa (if necessary). A live audition is required to be considered for admission; Juilliard does not admit students based on video submissions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. 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.

  2. The application fee of $80 will be waived for all current students who submit their applications on or before the deadline.

  3. Requests for approval of a late application must go to the Associate Dean for Admissions, and the full fee of $80 will be charged for approved late applications.

  4. Please note the specific essay requirement for current students in the Application for Admission.

  5. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. 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.

  2. All former students applying for readmission are required to take the regular entrance auditions.

  3. Please note the specific essay requirement for formerly enrolled students in the Application for Admission.

  4. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

  5. 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.


Applicants With Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilites 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 and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by December 1, 2016 to the address below. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of their disability to OASDS, 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 and DisabilityServices
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000 Ext. 213


Mailing Instructions

With the exception of official transcripts and TOEFL scores, which should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to The Juilliard School, all application materials must be submitted via the online application system. Application materials that need to be sent via post should be mailed to:

The Juilliard School
Office of Admissions
Attn: DANCE application
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023


Late Applications

In general, The Juilliard School does not accept late applications. To be assured of consideration for admission for Fall 2017, applicants must meet the stated application deadline of December 1, 2016.

  • After all on-time applicants have been scheduled for auditions, if there are still audition spaces available, the Office of Admissions will consider accepting late applications.

  • The availability of audition spaces cannot be assessed until early January, and it is not likely that spaces will be available.

  • It is the prospective applicant's responsibility to check this website for updated information on the possibility of submitting a late application.

  • The Office of Admissions anticipates that an update regarding the acceptance of late applications will be posted here on January 4, 2017.

  • In the event that late applications will be accepted, all application requirements (including submission of a pre-screening recording for applicants who reside outside of the U.S. and Canada) will apply.

  • Additionally, if late applications are accepted, applicants should be aware that the choice of audition date will be extremely limited. Therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to meet the December 1, 2016 application deadline.

Questions should be directed to danceadmissions@juilliard.edu.


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Monday, March 24, 2014