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Application Process: First-Year Students

All undergraduate applicants interested in pursuing a major in music must apply to the DePaul School of Music by December 1. Students apply to DePaul on the Common Application. All music applicants, regardless of intended major, must also perform an entrance audition on either a classical or a jazz instrument in order to be considered for admission to the School of Music.

Pre-Screening Recordings

Vocalists, Violinists and All Jazz Instrumentalists:  In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening video through our Acceptd page​​ by December 1. All recordings received after December​ 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

​Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive notification no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition​.​​​

At this time, pre-screening videos are not required for any instruments​ other than voice, violin, and all jazz instruments.

Application Requirements

  • Common Application 

  • Official high school transcript

  • Common Application School Report from your high school counselor

  • One additional letter of recommendation (this may be submitted through the Common App)​

  • Official ACT or SAT scores or DePaul's test optional​ supplemental essays

  • Official transcripts or score reports for any college credit earned during high school

  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, & all jazz instruments​)

  • ​Composition portfolio (required for all composition applicants)

  • Entrance audition (required for all applicants)​

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission

1 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 9000

Chicago, IL 60604​

Electronic transcripts or test scores should be emailed to:​

Visit the Undergraduate Admission​​ page for additional information about the application process​.

Important Deadlines

​Application deadline - December 1

Pre-screening video deadline - December 1

Composition portfolio deadline - February 1

Sound Recording Technology portfolio deadline - February 1

Audition recording deadline (for applicants​ outside the U.S.) - February 1​

All admission decisions sent to undergraduate applicants - by April 1​​


For more information about auditions, including repertoire requirements, visit our Audition Page​​.​

Live, on-campus auditions are required of all undergraduate applicants, regardless of intended major, and usually take place on weekends in February. Recorded auditions are acceptable only for students currently residing outside of the continental United States. These students should submit a recorded audition through our Acceptd page​ by February 1. We do not offer regional or international auditions.


Composition Portfolios
Undergraduate applicants intending to major in composition are required to submit a portfolio by February 1. The portfolio should include a list of works you have composed during the past three years and scores for 2 to 3 works that represent your compositional vocabulary and style. Composition portfolios should be submitted through our Acceptd page

Sound Recording Technology Portfolios

Undergraduate applicants intending to major in Sound Recording Technology are permitted to submit a portfolio, although it is not required. Submissions may include any recording or video projects you have created that exhibit an understanding of music, video, and multimedia recording and production. Portfolios should be submitted through our Acceptd page​ by February 1.​

All undergraduate applicants are required to perform an entrance audition as well. Portfolios should be submitted in addition to an entrance audition.​​

International Applicants

​Visit our Office of International Admission for detailed application and admission requirements for international applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application fee?
There is no application fee for undergraduate applicants.

​​Can I update my application after if has been submitted?
​Yes, please go to the Application Update Form​ to do so.

I don't want to be a performance major. Do I still need to audition?
​Yes, all undergraduate applicants must perform either a clas​sical or a jazz audition to be admitted for any of the seven majors within the School of Music.

 ​Can I audition on more than one instrument?
Yes, applicants are welcome to audition on more than one instrument. However, if you are admitted for both of the instruments you audition on you will need to select one to be your primary instrument moving forward.

I play both jazz and classical. Do I need to audition for both?
Maybe. Entrance auditions affect which private lessons students can take throughout their degree program. If you would like to take both jazz and classical private lessons on your instrument while at DePaul, you do need to perform two spearate auditions. If you are only interested in taking private lessons in one area, you only need to perform that audition. Students are able to audition for and perform in both jazz and classical ensembles regardless of which entrance auditions they complete.​

How does DePaul award AP or IB credit?
​You can find information about this process on the Undergraduate Admission page.

What classes do I need to take in high school to be eligible for admission to DePaul?
We strongly encourage all applicants to meet the following curricular requirements:
  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics (minimum coursework equivalent to Alegebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
  • Three years of science (two of which must be lab science)
  • Two years of social science
  • Two years of language study other than English​​