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1. Submit your online application

  1. Applicants to the Chicago College of Performing Arts need only complete a Performing Arts application. Do not complete an undergraduate or graduate application for Roosevelt University. 
  2. Our priority deadline for application is January 15, 2017. Applicants after this date are not guaranteed the ability to audition live, and so we encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible.
Professional Diploma in Opera applicants: Your application and pre-screening materials must be received by December 1, 2016. We will not accept late applications or pre-screening material for any reason. You will be notified in December if you have been selected for a live audition. Do not make travel arrangements to Chicago unless you have been notified that you have made it through our pre-screening round of auditions.
Note for Master of Arts in Directing applicants: Your application materials must be received by January 15, 2017. We will not accept late application materials for any reason.
  1. Undergraduate applicants seeking a waiver of the application fee must submit a Request for Application Fee Waiver. This form must be mailed to the CCPA Office of Enrollment to the attention of Assistant Dean Patrick Zylka or sent by email to Assistant Dean Patrick Zylka. This form must be received prior to the application deadline.
  2. Undergraduate applicants who are current members of the Merit School of Music, Music Institute of Chicago, or Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra automatically qualify for a fee waiver. The above request form should not be completed by these applicants. Please contact our office directly for information on the fee waiver process.
  3. Graduate applicants who have completed a degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts may contact our office to receive a fee waiver. Waivers of the application fee will not be granted to any other graduate applicant for any reason.

2. Schedule your audition

Once your application is complete, you will receive an automatic email confirming that it has been received. Follow the instructions given in this email for completing your secondary application on Acceptd and scheduling your audition or interview, if applicable.

All audition repertoire and interview information can be found by going to our individual academic program pages. To find your academic program page, go the Academic Programs page and finding your program.

For your reference, auditions will be held on the following days in the follow locations:

Theatre Conservatory

  • On Campus Auditions: January 28, February 4, and February 18, 2017
  • National Unified Auditions: 
    • New York City: January 21-22, 2017
    • Chicago: February 6-9, 2017*
    • Los Angeles: February 11-12, 2017
*All Musical Theatre applicants attending Chicago Unified Auditions must participate in a dance call in Chicago on February 5. This is the day before auditions officially begin.

*Transfer applicants to the Musical Theatre program must take a brief music theory assessment on the day of their audition. Those attending Chicago Unified Auditions must complete the assessment on February 5.

Music Conservatory

On Campus Auditions: January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, 2017 (please note: not all areas hear auditions on all days. Available options will be presented to you once you register for an audition)
  • US Regional Auditions:
    • Interlochen: January 14, 2017
    • Denver: February 2, 2017
    • Los Angeles: February 10, 2017
    • New York City: February 13, 2017
  • Asia Regional Auditions:
    • Guangzhou: December 14, 2016
    • Beijing: December 17, 2016
    • Shanghai: TBD
    • Seoul: January 10, 2017
    • Taipei: January 14, 2017
    • Hong Kong: January 19, 2017
    • Singapore: January 22, 2017

3. Submit your supplemental materials

  1. Once you submit your application to Roosevelt University, you will be able to enter the contact information for those from whom you would like to request letters of recommendation, and the system will send them recommendation requests. In addition, all applicants to the Chicago College of Performing Arts must submit a personal statement addressing the following prompt:
  2. In essay format, tell us why you have decided to apply to the Chicago College of Performing Arts, specifically the program that you have selected, what you hope to gain from your studies, and what you hope to contribute.
  3. Carefully review all required supplemental items listed on your supplemental checklist on the Roosevelt University application and the checklist as you submit your secondary application on Acceptd.

Note for international applicants: all applicants for whom English is not a first nor primary language must submit results from either the TOEFL or IELTS exam, or request a waiver of the requirement. Waivers are only granted if an applicant has significant studies in an English-speaking institution. The Chicago College of Performing Arts does not have a minimum score required for admission on the TOEFL or IETLS exam. International applicants must also have their transcripts sent to an evaluation service, who will then provide an evaluation to Roosevelt University.

Please refer to the International Admission page for information on foreign credential evaluation services.

Note for applicants seeking transfer admission into a music major: if you are currently attending another institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and applying to transfer, you must submit a Transfer Acknowledgement Form as per NASM requirements. We will not be able to consider you for scholarship if you are offered admission without this on file.

Mailing address for transcripts and test scores:

Roosevelt University
Admission Processing Center
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Mailing address for NASM forms and fee waiver requests:

Roosevelt University
CCPA Office of Enrollment, Room 918
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

4. Complete your financial aid requirements

US Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid if they wish to be considered for federal aid. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information.

All applicants offered admission to the Chicago College of Performing Arts are automatically considered for merit scholarship.