Freshman Applicants: Dance & Choreography

Dance & Choreography BFA

Review Your Deadlines

For Fall Semesters:

November 15: For Scholarship Consideration (this is non-binding)

January 16: Regular Freshman Admission

For Spring Semesters:

November 1

VCUarts continues to review applications until all spots are filled. Freshman applicants who submit complete applications by the deadline will receive a decision by April 1st.

Submit the Online Application to VCU

Freshman applicants must apply using the Common Application.

Applicants may only submit one application to ONE major. Admitted students can request additional major/minor(s) during their first semester.

Applications will only be reviewed after ALL components have been received, including transcripts, test scores, and supplemental materials.

Include your Social Security number on your application if you wish to be considered for financial aid or the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime learning tax credit.

Please note: While VCU does not require your Social Security number for admission consideration, it is necessary for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid and the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit to provide a Social Security number to the university. To protect your privacy, your Social Security number will not be used as your VCU student identification number.

Submit your official transcripts

Request that your high school guidance counselor sends your official transcripts to VCU. Transcripts may be submitted electronically via the Common App or Naviance, or sent in the mail. If sending a hard copy in the mail, download the Transcript Request Form found here and give it to your high school guidance counselor.

All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript.

Transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by official high school, university or college registrars.

Transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526

Submit your official test scores

VCU requires freshman applicants younger than 22 years of age to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application to the university. It is recommended that you have your test scores sent to VCU electronically.

Applicants whose native language is one other than English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to any other required test scores.

Score Optional Review

Freshman applicants with a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 may request that their application be reviewed without submitting standardized test scores (ACT/SAT). To be considered for admission to the university without submitting test scores, indicate that option on the “questions” section of Common Application. Questions about the test optional review can be directed to Please note the following exceptions:

Exceptions to Score Optional Review

Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for VCU’s merit-based scholarships (the Presidential, Provost and Deans scholarships) must submit SAT or ACT scores and cannot request the score optional review. The VCU Honors College also requires that all applicants submit SAT or ACT test scores and may not request to be reviewed without submitting these scores.

Admission to VCU remains a competitive process, and all candidates for admission will be considered on their own merits. Qualifying for application review without submitting standardized test scores does not guarantee admission to VCU.

Request your SAT scores from CollegeBoard (school code: 5570):
Request your scores from ACT (school code: 4379):

Schedule your audition

Once your application has been submitted, a link to schedule your audition will be sent to the email address listed on your application.

Audition Dates

November 17, 2017
January 26, 2018
February 9, 2018
February 16, 2018

October 20, 2017: Audition at Denver School for the Arts. 12pm-2pm. Both high school juniors and seniors are welcome to participate in the audition.
Please RSVP to Laura Stepp Carlton, to receive more information.

Admission Criteria

  • Talent and potential as an artist in the field of dance.
  • Prior training and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of modern dance and/or classical ballet techniques.
  • Ability to demonstrate musicality and dynamic range.
  • A healthy, physically conditioned body that is injury free.
  • Openness to new ideas and the ability to engage in creative problem solving.

About the Audition

The VCU Dance audition consists of a ballet barre, modern center work, an improvisation section and a short interview. Final decision letters will be mailed to all students after their application materials and audition are reviewed.

Please wear appropriate attire: Women wear leotard and tights, unitard or dancewear that allows us to see your body. Men wear tights and tee-shirt or dance wear that allows us to see your body.

Bring ballet shoes to wear during the ballet barre. The modern center and improvisation are barefoot.

For information regarding auditions at NHSDF please email

Audition schedule

9:00 am – Audition Check-in at the Depot, second floor
9:30 am – Introduction to VCU Dance
10:30 am – Auditionees and family watch Workshop class, Depot Annex
11:30 am – Walk to VCU Dance Center
11:45 am – Number assignments, studio 105
12:00 pm – Audition Starts, studio 203
2:00 pm – Short Interview (interview will be in groups with a pair of dance faculty)
3:00 pm – Refreshments and Questions
8:00 pm – Evening Performance (no performance on Feb 24)

Submit your references

VCUarts applicants are required to have one reference submitted by their recommender of choice. Choose the person best qualified to assess your ability to be successful at VCUarts. You will be prompted to enter your recommender’s email address on the Common Application. You may only submit one recommender via the Common App. The system will then prompt your recommender to submit a letter of recommendation online. Be sure to notify your recommenders that you will list them.

If you feel it is necessary, you may submit up to two additional letters of recommendation. Your additional recommenders should mail their letters to:

VCU Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526

International Applicants

Be sure to review additional requirements on the Global Education Office website.

Check your Status

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