Auditions & Interviews

Fall 2020 Audition and Interview Guidelines for Prospective Freshman and Transfer Students

Follow these six steps:

1) Start the academic application for admission to Pace

All prospective students to the School of Performing Arts must submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before beginning the audition or interview process. The application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., to begin Step 2 of the process below.


  • November 1, 2019: Early Decision - binding, applicable ONLY to Commercial Dance applicants who audition before this date
  • November 15, 2019: Priority filing deadline for FAFSA
  • December 1, 2019: Early Action - non-binding, students are notified of academic decision in January
  • January 2, 2020: Final Deadline - no Application for Admission to the School of Performing Arts will be accepted after this date
  • February 1, 2020: Pre-screen Deadline - all pre-screens must be in by this date for callback consideration
  • May 1, 2019: Deposit Deadline - commitment date for all admitted students, no new decisions will go out after this date

When applying to Pace University, list only one of the following majors (even if you plan on auditioning/interviewing for multiple majors) on the application:

  • Acting (BFA) – major code ATG
  • Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials (BFA) – major code FTV
  • Commercial Dance (BFA) – major code CDN
  • Musical Theater (BFA) – major code MTR
  • Production & Design for Stage & Screen (BFA) – major code PDS
  • Stage Management (BA) – major code SMT
  • Directing (BA) – major code DIR
  • Acting (BA) – major code ATG

2) Submit your audition or portfolio media

Once prospective students have applied for academic admission to Pace, they may begin the audition/interview application on Acceptd. Acceptd is the digital platform that Pace uses as an initial screening process (pre-screen) for the in-person audition/interview. All students are required to upload the required materials, per the program(s) of interest. Students will also select their first and second choice audition/interview dates at time of submission.  NOTE: While applicants do not have to know the decision on the academic application, students WILL need their Pace ID number - this is sent via email about a week after the academic application is received.

Submission requirements are outlined below and on the Acceptd website. The deadline to submit the digital audition and/or portfolio is February 1, 2020.  Students are highly encouraged to submit the pre-screen before January 1, 2020.

Students may submit pre-screens to as many programs as they wish. Once prospective students have submitted materials for a specific program, they will not be permitted to resubmit to that same program; only one submission through Acceptd for each program is allowed.

To view audition or portfolio requirements for this portion of the audition, or to get started on your upload, please click HERE.

3) Get a callback

Our faculty will review each digital submission and issue callbacks to those students we wish to attend either on-campus or regional auditions or interviews. Students will be notified via Acceptd of the faculty’s decision within one week of submission, and if given a callback, will be granted either their first or second choice audition date. 

If a student does not hear back from the School of Performing Arts within two weeks, they may call the office directly at 212-618-6100 or email

NOTE: Pace is closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. Students submitting pre-screens during this week should expect a longer wait time to hear back regarding the faculty decision.

4) Attend an on-campus or regional audition/interview

Students select first and second choice audition/interview dates and times on their Acceptd submission.  If granted multiple callbacks, the student will need to make arrangements to attend all auditions/interviews (all programs audition separately).

In order to be considered for admission to Pace Performing Arts, students must to attend one of our auditions or interviews. The audition incorporates elements beyond the requirements of the pre-screen and faculty are not able to make admission decisions without seeing all candidates in person. The School of Performing Arts does not audition or interview any student privately or outside of the pre-arranged schedule.

NOTE: Applicants called back to the BFA in Design & Production and BA Stage Management are permitted to interview via phone or Skype, though an in person interview is highly suggested.

5) Get the academic admission decision

The academic admission process occurs separately from the audition process. The academic admission decision may or may not be mailed before the audition or interview with Pace Performing Arts – it all depends on the rate in which the student turns in application materials.

In any case, however, the student must have gained academic acceptance to Pace before Performing Arts can convey the audition/interview result in March. The letter of academic admission (sent from the Office of Undergraduate Admission) will arrive first and the PPA decision letter (sent from Pace Performing Arts) will arrive separately after all auditions have occurred and all students are evaluated.

NOTE: Students must be admitted to Pace before the May 1st deposit deadline in order to get an audition result decision from the School of Performing Arts. On May 1st, deposits are closed to the School of Performing Arts and no new students are admitted or evaluated.

6) Get the School of Performing Arts audition or interview result

Immediately after all auditions and interviews have occurred, the School of Performing Arts begins the careful process of putting together our acceptances to each program. If a student has been notified of their academic admission to Pace via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Performing Arts can send the audition decision letter.

Decision letters from Pace Performing Arts are mailed throughout March, provided the student has been accepted academically to Pace.  Students might be accepted academically and not to the School of Performing Arts, in which case the student is free to attend Pace as an Undecided student or in another major.  Some students attend with the intention of re-auditioning for the same major or another major.  This is permitted, but please be advised that only one re-audition for Pace Performing Arts (for any number of programs) is allowed.

A note to all applicants

A $75.00 non-refundable audition fee will be collected at the of the Acceptd upload. Students only pay once to upload and audition for the School of Performing Arts – look for the code on Acceptd when submitting to multiple programs to avoid additional fees. While we understand that the audition fee might be a burden on some families, please understand that we only collect this fee to pay for the multiple faculty and musicians that are required to review Acceptd submissions and to be present at our auditions. No cash, checks, or other monies will be collected by Pace Performing Arts, so please do not send audition payment to Pace Performing Arts.

Questions? Call the main School of Performing Arts line at 212-618-6100 and follow the prompt for prospective students.

For questions regarding the University (academic) admission process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (212) 346-1323 or via email at