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  • Admission Information for the BFA in Dramatic Arts

    The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Plan ahead; it takes time for supporting documents, such as transcripts and reference letters, to reach The New School.

    How to Apply

    1. Complete the online application, including the Acceptd submission (see below). Complete instructions are provided with the application form, but you can also download the instructions (PDF).
    2. Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee as directed on the online application form.
    3. Have your high school and/or college transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admission by the institutions. See below for methods of submission and additional requirements for international applicants.
    4. Portfolio: Every applicant must provide one of four types of portfolios: an audition video as an acting portfolio; writing samples as a playwriting portfolio; documentation related to directing and stage management as a directing portfolio; or a multimedia theater portfolio. The portfolio allows you to show us your strengths. Portfolios must be submitted online through Acceptd only (see instructions below). CDs, DVDs, slides, original work, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives are not accepted.
    5. Statement of purpose: This must be submitted online through Acceptd. Describe your creativity and how it influences the way you view yourself and the world around you. Where do you visualize your creative abilities and academic study taking you after your education at The New School for Drama? (maximum 500 words) 
    6. Two Recommendation Letters: Two letters of recommendation are required. One should relate to your academics and one should relate to your dramatic arts experience. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send the form by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete your personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
    7. Optional: SAT or ACT test scores and a résumé, while not required, will be considered by the Admission Committee if provided. You can submit a résumé through Acceptd. The Admission Committee will be looking for dramatic arts experience, work experience, volunteer experience, leadership experience, and awards and honors. Homeschooled applicants must submit standardized test scores from the either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants may submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT.

    The BFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF) must accompany all materials submitted by mail, including the printed application forms and materials sent separately to support an online application. Please print out the cover sheet, follow the instructions, and include it with any documents mailed in.

    Acceptd Submission Instructions

    1. Begin the New School for Drama BFA online application, and save your personal information. 
    2. Log on to the New School for Drama Acceptd portal. There is a small charge for Acceptd. 
    3. Complete and submit your materials through Acceptd.
    4. Enter the Acceptd confirmation code on your New School for Drama BFA online application. Doing so will complete and submit the online portions of the application.


    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    Transfer Applicants

    Undergraduate transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. The New School for Drama BFA will accept up to 30 transfer credits. A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) will be completed once all official transcripts are received. Accepted students can request a consultation with the Associate Director of Drama regarding the acceptance and allocation of transfer credit and plan of study.

    By Mail

    Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” below for our mailing address.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only)

    The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are

    • Parchment Exchange
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    High School Equivalency

    For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.


    For homeschooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail. Homeschooled applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript, with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschooled applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschooled students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual home school transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

    International Academic Credentials

    All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits

    Applicants who attended post-secondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admissions Committee will do their best to render a decision. Please note, in some cases a review cannot be made without an evaluation and a committee decision will be delayed. If using WES, visit for instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section explains what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Drama” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School. If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    International Applicants

    All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2385. The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores for tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    Additional Information

    In any given term, a student may apply to only ONE department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will NOT be refunded.

    The New School welcomes applications from homeschooled students. The Admission Committee does not require advanced preparation in every academic area, but applicants should demonstrate substantial work in English, history, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, and science.

    Submitted Materials

    All materials submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of The New School for Drama.

    Admitted Applicants

    When notified of acceptance, applicants will receive complete instructions for additional procedures regarding financial aidhousingtuition and feesI-20 visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. The decision to admit applicants is always contingent upon their successful completion of any current studies and receipt of their final transcripts by the Admission Committee.

    Mailing Address for Supplemental Admission Materials

    All mailed application materials and correspondence must be sent to the following address, accompanied by the BFA Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF):

    The New School for Drama
    Office of Admission
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

    Visit the Office of Admission

    To meet with an admission counselor, join a campus tour, or attend an information session, please visit the Welcome Center, located at 72 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 13th Street. The Welcome Center is your first stop for all in-person admission services.

    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
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