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Application Process: Transfer Students

If you are a current DePaul University student interested in becoming a School of Music student, please visit the Inter-College Transfer page.

All undergraduate applicants interested in pursuing a major in music must apply to the DePaul School of Music by December 11, an extension from the original December 1 deadline. Students apply to DePaul on the Common Application. All music applicants, unless interested in the Sound Recording Technology - Non-Performance track or the Performing Arts Management - Bachelor of Science, 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.​

Application Requirements

  • Application

  • Official college transcripts

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Transfer Acknowledgement Form

  • We are a test optional university. Decide whether or not you would like to have your ACT or SAT test scores submitted as part of your application. If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency to forward a score report to DePaul using our college code numbers:

    • 1012 for ACT
    • 1165 for SAT
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass all jazz  instruments)

  • Composition portfolio (required for all composition applicants)

  • Interview (required for all music education applicants)

  • Entrance audition (required for all applicants except non-peformance track Sound Recording Technology)

  • Recorded audition (only for applicants pursuing​​ the non-peformance track for Sound Recording Technology)

  • Contact your area chair or director

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​1, an extension from the original December 1 deadline

Pre-screening video​ deadline - December 11, an extension from the original December 1 deadline​

Composition portfolio deadline - February 1

Sound Recording Technology portfolio deadline - February 1

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

Non-performance track video audition submission deadline - February 1

All admission decisions sent to undergraduate applica​nts - by April 1​​​

Pre-Screening Recordings

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-screen recordings can only be upload​ed after submission of your application. You will receive login information within approximately 24 hours. ​​

Vocalists, Violinists, String Bassists and All Jazz Instrumentalists
:  In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page​, under "Portfolio Submission"​, ​by December 11, an extension from the original December 1 deadline​. All recordings received after December​ 11​​​ will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

Audition and Pre-Screening Requirements​

​Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive notification by 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.​


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 upload page​, under "Portfolio Submission".

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 upload page​, under "Portfolio Submission"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.​​​​


Interviews are required only for transfer applicants intending to pursue a degree in Music Education. These interviews take place during the month of February with the Director of Music Education. To schedule an interview, please contact the Music Admissions Office at​ or 773-325-7444.

Students applying to pursue any major other than Music Education are not required to interview.

Contact Your Area Chair or Director

We strongly encourage all transfer applicants to contact and meet with the chair or director of their intended major to obtain more information. In doing so, you will learn about the petition to major process as well as the requirements of each program. For more information, contact the following faculty members:

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Dr. Kate Brucher,
Jazz Studies - Dana Hall,
Music Education - Dr. Jacki Kelly-McHale,
Composition - Dr. Kurt Westerberg,
Performance - Julie DeRoche,
Performing Arts Management - Alan Salzenstein,
Sound Recording Technology - Tom Miller,​​


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

Live, on-campus auditions are required of all undergraduate applicants except those pursuing a non-performance track for Sound Recording Technology, and usually take place on weekends in February. This year, we are expanding our auditions times and locations. Regional Auditions will be available to all instruments except percussion in:

Atlanta: December 30th from 10:15am-5:15pm at the Steinway Piano Galleries in Alpharetta, GA
Los Angeles: January 19th from 4-7pm and January 20th from 9am-2pm at the Colburn School

Recorded auditions are acceptable for students currently residing outside of the continental United States and those pursuing the non-performance SRT track. These students should submit a recorded audition through our upload page​, under "Portfolio Submission", by February 1.

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'm already a student at DePaul. How can I become a music major?
Please see our Inter-College Transfer page to learn more about entering the School of Music.

 Can I transfer in the spring?
No, we only admit new students to begin in the School of Music at the beginning of each academic year.

Do I need to send all of my transcripts?
Yes, we need official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. We are unable to accept unofficial transcripts.

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.​​​

Incoming Transfer Placement Exam Guide

Incoming transfer students should review the Guide to Transfer Exams​ in preparation for placement tests.​