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Dance Admissions

BFA, BA, Minor Application Information

HOW TO APPLY

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Transfer Applicants

Fall Semester Start

Rutgers University Application: February 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: February 10

Spring Semester Start

Rutgers University Application: November 15
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: December 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Current or Former Rutgers Students

Fall Semester Start

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15
Artistic Decision: May 15
Decision posted by: June 30

Spring Semester Start

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: November 15
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: December 1
Artistic Decision: December 15
Decision Posted: January 15

Application Process

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in dance should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in. To be considered for admission, applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application to schedule an audition.

If recommended artistically by the Dance Department faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Mason Gross Dean of Students academically.

Admission Requirements

From another Rutgers–New Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of C or better

From another Rutgers–Camden or Rutgers–Newark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102), (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better

Guidelines for Re-Auditioning

Please note that any opportunity to re-audition is contingent on the Dance Department not having reached enrollment capacity.

  • Current BA dance students wishing to transfer to the BFA may audition a maximum of two times prior to their junior year.
  • Students may only audition once per intended enrollment semester.
  • BFA dance majors who have not followed the BFA curriculum for two or more consecutive semesters, must successfully re-audition before being allowed to resume BFA studies.
Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Dance

First-year and transfer applicants interested in pursuing the BA or Minor in dance should apply to the Rutgers New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences. After being accepted into the School of Arts and Sciences, applicants and current students should email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu for access to the Mason Gross supplemental application. BA and minor applicants will audition with BFA applicants. Students who would like to be considered for both the BFA and BA program, should select both Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of Arts and Sciences on the university application.

Currently enrolled Rutgers School of Arts and Science students are welcome to audition for the Bachelor of Arts and/or minor in dance programs. Auditions are hosted once a semester in November and April. Email dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu to register for the audition.

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • SAT or ACT scores – use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

Five business days after submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be emailed a link to submit a Mason Gross supplemental application.

  • $40 dance audition fee
  • Dance questionnaire
  • Dance audition date selection
  • Optional choreography sample

Audition Dates

Audition dates for the fall 2021 cycle will be posted by September 1, 2020.

On Campus

All on-campus auditions will take place at the Nicholas Dance Studios located at 85 George Street in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Nicholas Dance Studios are on the Douglass campus of Rutgers–New Brunswick. The closest accommodations are the Rutgers Inn & Conference Center, located within walking distance to the Nicholas Dance Studios.

Audition Requirements

Live Audition Information

The live audition consists of a ballet barre (approximately one hour) followed by an hour-long modern dance class. Applicants are required to bring a headshot with them to the audition. All applicants are required to wear footless tights and leotards. Sweatpants, legwarmers, skirts or shoes should not be worn, except for ballet slippers for the ballet portion of your audition.

Recorded Audition Information

In cases where extreme distance prohibits an in-person audition, permission may be obtained to submit a recorded video audition. To obtain permission, please indicate your preference on the Mason Gross supplemental application and email dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu If approved to submit a recorded audition, you will be sent a link to submit your recorded audition through an online platform SlideRoom. We will only accept recorded auditions through this platform.

Recorded Audition Requirements

  1. Brief introduction (name, program you are applying to)
  2. Ballet
    • Barre – plie, tendu, degage, rond de jambe, frappe, grand battement
    • Center – tendu, adagio
    • Pirouette – in center and moving across the floow
    • Petit Allegro – small jumps
    • Grand Allegro – any combination of tour jete, pas de chat, etc.
  3. Modern
    • Center combinations – use of spine, curves, plies, footwork, and swing combinations
    • Center – full bodied movement combinations, including use of floor
    • Across the floor – locomotor movements including triplets, runs, jumps, jetes
Optional Choreography Sample

Applicants who wish to share self-choreographed work with our faculty, are welcome to submit a choreography sample as a part of the supplemental application. The work submitted can be solo or group, but must have been choreographed by the applicant. This is not a place to upload a solo performance to demonstrate your technique or performance level, but rather an opportunity to showcase your personal choreographic style.

Learn about the BFA Program

Learn about the BA and Minor Programs