Auditions & Interviews

Audition and Interview Guidelines for Prospective Freshman and Transfer Students – Fall 2017

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. Your application does not need to be complete with transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc., to begin Step 2 of the process below.


  • November 1, 2016: Early Action 1 - non-binding, students are notified of academic decision in December
  • November 1, 2016: Early Decision 1 - binding, applicable ONLY to BFA Commercial Dance applicants who auditioned at NYCDA Summer Workshop and Pace Fall Dance Intensive
  • November 15, 2016: Priority FAFSA deadline
  • December 1, 2016: Early Action 2 - non-binding, students are notified of academic decision in January
  • January 15, 2017: Final Deadline - no Application for Admission will be accepted after this date
  • May 1, 2017: Deposit Deadline - commitment date for all admitted students, no new decisions will go out after this date

When applying to Pace University, you must list only one of the following majors (even if you plan on auditioning/interviewing for multiple majors) on your application or you will not receive access to information about auditioning:

  • 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 you have applied for academic admission to Pace, you will be granted access to upload and submit your audition/portfolio materials to Acceptd by using your official Pace University ID number (given to you via email upon receipt of your application).  Acceptd is the digital platform that Pace uses as an initial screening process for the in-person audition.  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 dates at time of submission.

Submission requirements are outlined below and on the Acceptd website. The deadline to submit the digital audition and/or portfolio is February 15, 2017.

Students will be allowed to submit materials 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 will be 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 email 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 you do not hear back from the School of Performing Arts within two weeks, you may call the office directly at 212-618-6100 or email Please check your email’s spam folder and make sure that the spam filter recognizes as a trusted sender.

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

At the time of your Acceptd media submission, you will also select your first and second choice audition/interview dates and times.  If you’ve received multiple program callbacks, you’ll need to make arrangements to attend all auditions/interviews (all programs audition separately).

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

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 your academic admission decision

The academic admission process occurs separately from the audition process. You might find out your academic admission decision before your audition with Pace Performing Arts, or you may not – it all depends on the rate in which you turn in your application materials.

In any case, however, you need to have received your academic acceptance to Pace before Performing Arts can convey the result of your audition in late March. Your letter of academic admission (sent from the Office of Undergraduate Admission) will arrive first and your audition decision letter (sent from Pace Performing Arts) will arrive separately after all auditions have occurred and all students are evaluated.

You 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, we close deposits to the School of Performing Arts and no new students are admitted or evaluated.

6) Get your Pace Performing Arts audition or interview result

Immediately after all auditions 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 you have 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 your Acceptd upload. You 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 at 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.

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