How to Apply

The 2014 application cycle has ended.




All applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts must submit a formal application and fee through Rutgers University. University applications for new applicants, students who wish to reapply and current Rutgers students are available online here:

Rutgers University allows students to apply to three colleges within the university under one application and one application fee.  All admissions decisions are made independently for each school in which you apply, therefore admission or rejection to one will not effect a decision to another college at Rutgers.   

**It is highly recommended that all UNDERGRADUATE students applying to Mason Gross School of the Arts also apply to the School of Arts and Sciences (S.A.S.) to increase their chances of receiving academic scholarships (which are awarded on a first come first serve basis) and also will give them the option of admission to the B.A. programs through S.A.S. in their chosen major if they are not admitted to the B.F.A. or B.M through Mason Gross.

For more information about academic scholarships please click here .

All Dance, Music, and Theater majors: five business days after completing the university application, applicants will receive an email invitation to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application. Upon completion of the supplemental application, applicants will be invited to register for an audition.  

Visual Arts majors: The Mason Gross visual arts department requires all applicants to submit digital portfolios online via


Application Instructions/Requirements

For more specific application instructions and requirements please chose one of the following links below:

Talent Assessments - Auditions, Interviews and Portfolios

In addition to submitting your application, a portfolio, audition, or interview demonstrating your artistic talent is required for all applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Applicants to the BA programs in Dance and Visual Arts through the School of Arts and Sciences must also audition/submit a portfolio.  Applicants to the BA programs in Theater and Music are not required to audition.

More information on auditions and portfolio reviews can be found here: Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

Admissions decisions are made once your have submitted a complete application to the University and completed your talent assessment.

  • Visual Arts students should submit their portfolio online. CDs, DVDs or hard copy portfolios will not be accepted.  Portfolio reviews are a closed process.  We do not conduct interviews. For more information on portfolio submissions click here: Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements.
  • Dance, Music and Theater majors will be invited to register for an audition after completing the Rutgers University application and the Mason Gross supplementary application. Audition dates can be found here: Audition/Interview Dates.

Enrollment Options

Fall Enrollment - all applications accepted

Spring Enrollment - Dance (undergraduate transfer only) applications accepted. No other majors may enter in the spring semester.