Dance & Choreography BFA

Review Your Deadlines

For Fall Semesters:

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

January 15: 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, please request that your school counselor send your transcript, including:

  • Senior-year courses and first-term grades, if available
  • Class rank, if available
  • High school profile

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

Friday, November 22, 2019 (only audition date for Spring 2020 applicants)
Friday, January 24, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 (check-in and audition will be held at the Depot Annex for this date)
Friday, February 21, 2020

Audition check-in will start at 9:15 am and will last until 9:30 am. In addition to the audition process students and parents will have a chance to watch our workshop class and engage in a departmental overview facilitated by the department chair and associate chair. You should expect to be finished by 4:30 pm. We will send a more detailed schedule in your confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email please reach out to the department by calling 804-828-1711.
* Saturday, February 15 will be an abbreviated audition day. Students will not be able to view the workshop class. A more detailed schedule will be sent in your confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email please reach out to the department by calling 804-828-1711.
Evening performances are available at a discounted rate of $5 on November 22, January 24 and February 7. Please check our website for the current season’s schedule.


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

VCU Dance welcomes students with varying levels of dance experience to audition for our program. The audition consists of a warm-up, a barre, modern center work, an improvisation section, and a short interview. The following attire is appropriate: leotards, tights, unitards, bike shorts with leotard or fitted top, leggings, and appropriate supportive undergarments. No socks. No dangling jewelry. Hair secured away from the face. Please bring either ballet or jazz shoes. The modern center and improvisation are barefoot.

Final decision letters will be mailed to all students after their application materials and audition are reviewed.

For information regarding auditions at National High School Dance Festival please email

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

Be sure to login to the VCU applicant portal periodically to monitor your application checklist and status.

If you have any questions about your application checklist or status, please contact our office at or 804-VCU-ARTS (804-828-2787).

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