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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.

An 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 and Home Schooling: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail. For Home Schooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state home school association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either a GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail.

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 would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions 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. 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.

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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