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Bachelor of Fine Arts
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About this Program

Overview

The online application for fall 2020 will become available on September 1, 2019.

The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program trains dancers in ballet, modern and contemporary techniques. The program also includes a liberal arts curriculum.

The Dance Division typically accepts 24 students per year.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as a Bachelor of Fine Arts student, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent by the time you enroll
  • Have a minimum of three years of prior training in ballet and modern dance
  • Currently be training for a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Reach the age of 16 by the time you matriculate at Juilliard

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you may apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements

In most cases, the Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in college-level coursework. 

There are specific requirements for:

Criteria for Acceptance

  • A serious commitment to dance training and a career in dance performance
  • Talent and potential as a performer, including a vivid imagination, courage, and emotional accessibility
  • An articulate body promising significant development in dance
  • Demonstrated musicality
  • A willingness to re-evaluate technique and explore new approaches to training
  • A high level and quality of training
  • 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

BCJ Program

Juilliard has a program with Barnard College and Columbia University that allows you to enroll in one course per semester at either institution during your third and fourth years to satisfy your liberal arts requirements. More information is available on the Cross-Registration Programs page.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Application Requirement Received-by Deadline
Online Application with Essay(s) December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Prescreening Materials December 1
Official Transcripts December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Proof of English Language Proficiency December 1
SAT/ACT Scores (homeschooled applicants only) December 1
Recommendation Received December 15
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15
Prescreening Notification/Live Audition Invitations December 20

The following are only required if you are invited to a live audition:

Live Audition Requirement Received-by Deadline
Scholarship & Financial Aid Application  March 1

An audition scheduling email, which contains a link to an online registration system, will be sent to applicants who are not prescreened upon submission of a complete application, including application fee or fee waiver documentation. You will schedule your own audition via the online system. 

Auditions have limited space, and some dates will fill to capacity. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you check your schedule carefully and register for your choice of audition date as soon as possible.

All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition.

Audition City Audition Date Time Capacity
San Francisco Mon, February 3 10:00 AM Available
Dallas Wed, February 5 3:00 PM Available
Chicago Sun, February 9 1:00 PM Available
Miami Sat, February 15 1:00 PM Available
New York Sun, March 1 10:00 AM Available
  Mon, March 2 10:00 AM Available
  Tue, March 3 10:00 AM Available
  Wed, March 4 10:00 AM Available


You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1. Should you be admitted and enroll, your final official transcripts, indicating your graduation date, must be received by July 1.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $80 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation 

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Essay(s)

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.

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

Topic
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.

Additional Essay Requirements
Additional essays are required in each of the following circumstances:

Optional Essay
Should you have a special personal or academic history that you feel can explain an unusual circumstance - gap year, unusually low or poor grade in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in coursework at the level for which you are applying. Official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline.  

Definition of an Official Transcript

  • An electronic record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent directly to admissions@juilliard.edu by a secure service (such as Naviance, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system). Scanned, emailed, or uploaded copies are not considered official. 

    OR
     
  • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below)

Please note that we do not accept transcripts sent via email.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current high school coursework 
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework equivalent or similar to a US high school curriculum 
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran, WES, or ECE can provide this service for a fee

You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.

Hard copies of official transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Additional Requirements

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify two individuals who will provide recommendations:

Academic Recommendation
A letter from a high school academic teacher, preferably in English, history, or other language arts coursework. The letter should help us gain insight into your abilities in English and acknowledge your 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.

Artistic Recommendation
A letter from a dance teacher that addresses your dedication, openness to corrections, technique, performing skills, and citizenship both in and out of the classroom. 

The recommendations themselves are not due until later in the application timeline. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to securely upload their letters to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

To be considered for financial aid and scholarship, you are required to submit the following items by the appropriate deadline:

US Applicants  International Applicants 
FAFSA CSS Profile
CSS Profile Parent Income Documentation 
Student Tax Forms   
Parent Tax Forms  

More information about our awarding policies can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.

Your Pre-Screening

Pre-Screening Requirements

Prescreening Required
If you reside outside of the United States and Canada, you are required to prescreen. This requirement does not depend on citizenship status or permanent address and cannot be waived.

Prescreening Optional
If you reside in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or Canada, you have the option to prescreen.

Prescreening Procedures

  • you must submit your prescreening as part of the online application by the appropriate deadline
  • prescreening may not be submitted via email, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
  • incomplete or insufficient materials may affect consideration for an invitation to a live audition
  • if you reside within the 48 contiguous United States you are not allowed to prescreen

Prescreening Notification

  • all prescreening decisions are final
  • if you receive unfavorable prescreening results, you will not be permitted to schedule a live audition
  • if you receive favorable prescreening results, you must 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
  • prescreening results will be sent to you by the date on the application timeline

Pre-Screening Content

Please record each of the following sections separately; professionally recorded video is not required.

Section One: Introduction

  • A brief close-up shot of your face, from the shoulders up 
  • Clearly state your full name, current city and country of residence
  • Provide a brief history of your previous dance training

Section Two: Technique

  • Must be with 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

Section Three: Performance

  • A prepared solo, either ballet or modern, to musical accompaniment
  • State the title of the solo, the choreographer, and the composer of the music before performing
  • The solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory
  • The solo should should demonstrate your artistic qualities and flow of movement
  • The solo 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

Optional Section

  • If you choose to perform a solo that is not modern dance, it may be useful to include a two-minute movement improvisation
  • Improvisations should include changes in level and variation in dynamics
  • If you do not include an improvisation you will not be penalized; the inclusion of such material may give the faculty more information about your abilities and potential as a dance artist

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

Clothing Requirement 

  • You must be in a unitard, or tights and tight fitting top, or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe your technique. 
  • Do not wear skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes. 
  • Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment so you can clearly be seen and stand out from the background. 

Filming Recommendations

  • It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming
  • Carefully consider the space in which you are filming; ideally, the space has minimal distractions for the reviewer
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting
  • Professional video quality is not required
  • Be sure you are visible within the frame for the duration of the recording
  • Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality

Pre-Screening Type

Format
You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. We recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv) to avoid uploading difficulties.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English - regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

Exemptions
You are exempt from this requirement if:

  • You have attended school(s) on a full-time basis where instruction was entirely in English for 7 out of the past 10 years. Qualifying schools include primary, secondary, and undergraduate institutions

Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You must submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed below, you should carefully consider whether or not to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum.

Test Type TOEFL  IELTS  PTE  Old SAT  New SAT ACT  
Minimum Score  73 6* 49 550** 610*** 24

*Academic test
**Critical Reading
***Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340
Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received by the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Interview Requirement

  • You may be required to participate in an interview on your audition day in order to demonstrate your fluency with the English language
  • You will be notified by the Office of Admissions if an interview is required

InitialView
Juilliard is beta testing the use of InitialView for measuring language fluency. If you have already conducted an interview with InitialView, you are welcome to send it to us. However, this does not replace any of the requirements above. 

Transfer Applicants

Definition
You are considered a transfer applicant if:

  • You have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • You have attended at least one semester of full-time college study

Transcript Requirement

  • You are required to submit a transcript showing prior and current coursework from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • You are required to submit your high school transcript if you have completed fewer than two full-time semesters of post-secondary study

Essay Requirement
You must submit an essay explaining your decision to transfer from your current institution, in addition to the other required essays.

Program Length and Transfer Credits

  • You are required to study at Juilliard for all four years of the program
  • You are required to take a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits at Juilliard
  • Additional credits from liberal arts courses taken at other accredited post-secondary institutions may be transferred at the discretion of the Registrar; courses with a grade lower than C or its equivalent are not eligible for transfer
  • AP credits are not accepted

Homeschool Applicants

Questions within the Online Application
As a homeschooled student, you will have to respond to the following questions within the online application:

  • What factors led to your decision to home school?
  • What relationship (formal or informal) exists between your home school and your state (or provincial) department of education?
  • Will the state recognize you as a high school graduate?

Transcript Requirements
Regardless of format, your homeschool documentation must be received by the transcript deadline and must include:

  • All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken
  • Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales
  • Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education
  • If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work
  • If you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts
  • Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject
  • Optional: reading lists

Standardized Tests
You are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores by the appropriate deadline. These scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. 

Juilliard's CEEB code: 002340

Juilliard's ACT code: 2778

Applicants with High School Equivalency

Acceptable Equivalencies
In lieu of a high school diploma, you have the option to submit the following high school equivalencies:

  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion)
  • International High School Equivalencies (contact Juilliard Admissions)

If you do not have proof of high school equivalency by the appropriate deadline, you must submit one or more of the documents listed below to demonstrate your academic preparedness. 

Demonstration of Academic Preparedness
While submission of high school equivalency documentation satisfies Juilliard's minimum entry requirement, the following documents can be helpful in proving your ability to undertake coursework at the post-secondary level:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • High school transcripts
  • College transcripts
  • Homeschooling documentation

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  • You are applying to a new major
  • The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities 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 (ADA). 

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 the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

Auditioning for Juilliard

Live Auditions

You must register for and attend one of the scheduled live auditions. If you are required to prescreen, you will not be able to register for a live audition unless you have received favorable prescreening results.

Registration

  • After the submission of your application, you will receive an email with instruction on how to register for your live audition
  • All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition
  • Auditions are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Audition dates may fill to capacity before the application deadline
  • We strongly recommend you submit your application and register for an audition well in advance of the application deadline

Audition Process

  • Each audition takes place over the course of one day and consists of five parts - you must be called back to advance from one part to the next
  • You should be prepared to spend a full day at the audition in the event that you are called back to the final section
  • You 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
  • Resumes, headshots, videos, and other portfolio materials are NOT required or necessary. Please do not bring these materials to the audition
  • Family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition

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. You are given equal consideration, regardless of your audition date or city. You are encouraged to choose the audition city and/or date that is most convenient.

Part 1: Ballet Technique Class (60 minutes)
The audition begins with a ballet class that typically includes:

  • barre: pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambe, etc.
  • center: 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 for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of other dancers.

Part 2: Modern Technique Class (45 minutes)

If you are called back, the modern class includes:

  • a short center warm-up using the rounding and arching of the torso
  • phrases that travel across the floor focusing on moving rigorously through space with attention to rhythm, changes of direction, and level changes

This section of the audition is to be performed barefoot. 

Part 3: Solo Performance (2 minutes)

If you are called back, you will be asked to perform one solo of your choosing, from repertory or original choreography, not to exceed two minutes in length. The purpose of the solo is to show you as a performer, and should be chosen to show your range as well as your ability to project.

You should be prepared to say the:

  • name of the solo (if it has a name)
  • choreographer
  • composer of your music (or name of artist)

Please bring recorded music as an accompaniment for your solo on a phone or tablet with an auxiliary output. The music should be downloaded to your device; streaming via WiFi may not be available in the studio.

Please do not bring elaborate costumes or props for the solo portion of the callbacks. A simple change of dress or a small prop is fine.

Part 4: Coaching & Improvisation (45 minutes)
If you are called back, you will be taught and coached on a brief modern repertory sequence. The faculty is interested in how quickly you pick up choreography, how you respond to and incorporate corrections, and how you function as a member of an ensemble in a rehearsal-like setting.

Part 5: Interview (20 minutes)
Based on the faculty’s evaluation of the three callback sessions, you may be asked to stay for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to:

  • gain insight into your interests outside of the dance studio
  • identify your personal and professional goals
  • assess whether you are intellectually and emotionally ready to enter a rigorous conservatory environment 

If you are not invited to the interview, you may reasonably conclude that you are no longer under serious consideration for admission.

Clothing Requirement

  • Women: black leotard, black or pink footless tights, and ballet shoes
  • Men: fitted white t-shirt, black footless tights, white socks, and ballet shoes
  • No skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes are permitted
  • Pointe shoes are not needed.

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of who to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissable to the school, we have a limited number of openings
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page, as noted on the timeline. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Juilliard admits without considering your ability to pay. All monies awarded require completion of the scholarship and financial aid forms. To learn more about the awarding process, visit our Office of Financial Aid.

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.