B.F.A. in Acting, School of Theatre

2023-24 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 – University Park campus
  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 – University Park campus
  • Saturday, February 3, 2024 – University Park campus
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 – University Park/Virtual
  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 – VIRTUAL

Incoming Freshmen/First-Year Students

Apply for admission online through the Common Application, the Coalition Application or Penn State’s own application at admissions.psu.edu. Priority consideration for freshmen admission to University Park is given to complete applications filed by November 30. Your application must be complete to receive a prescreen decision. Log into your MyPennState account to check your application status.

To receive maximum consideration for all forms of financial aid, students are strongly encouraged to complete their academic application by November 30. The final deadline to apply and submit prescreens is December 31 of the calendar year preceding the intended start year.

Transfer Students

If you have 34 or more credits, please contact Shannon Ritter, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator, shannon@psu.edu before applying.

Questions about the application process for the Acting B.F.A. degree can be directed to: Shannon Ritter, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator, shannon@psu.edu

Do you need an application fee waiver? See the Fee Waiver section on the "How to Apply" main page.

Additional B.F.A. in Acting Requirements

Applications accepted beginning August 1. Applying for Penn State’s B.F.A. in Acting is a two-step process:

Step 1: Prescreening Submission
All students interested in auditioning for the Acting B.F.A. must submit the following via digital upload via the GetAcceptd website.

  • Headshot/Photo
  • Resume
  • Essay Response: “Why do you want to be an actor?”
  • Video Requirements: Two contrasting monologues (each no longer than ninety seconds)

Step 2: Audition
Students who are invited to audition will be contacted prior to their audition and informed which monologue they should have prepared for their audition date. Each audition will consist of:

  • Q&A session with current students and faculty
  • Full body warm-up
  • Group work session and individual auditions
  • Short interview

Submit your prescreen materials via the GetAcceptd website