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Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

What is a first-year applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: External Transfer Applicants

What is an external transfer applicant?

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

All incoming transfer students to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), regardless of the number of credits completed elsewhere, begin the program as a part of the first-year company required to complete four years (eight semesters) of full-time study.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Current or Former Rutgers Students

Fall Admission Only

Email by January 1
Mason Gross Talent Assessment: January 15

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the bachelor of fine arts in theater should start the process by emailing 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, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross Talent Assessment.

If recommended artistically by the Theater 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 Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management academically. 

Admissions Requirements

From another RutgersNew 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 RutgersCamden or RutgersNewark 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
Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Theater

Currently enrolled Rutgers School of Arts and Science students are welcome to declare the bachelor of arts in theater or the minor in theater, with no audition required. Email theater undergraduate advisor Marshall Jones for more information.

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.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Talent Assessment


  • $35 submission fee
  • Theater questionnaire
  • Interview date selection
  • Portfolio, outlined below

Portfolio Requirements

Costume Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Technology, Technical Direction

Portfolios can include designs, drafting, drawings, photographs of productions, clothing and scenic construction, paperwork, and anything else that shows your background and interest in theater. You may also include non-theatrical artwork, drawings, photography, craftwork, or construction projects that demonstrate who you are as an artist and your desired field of study.


Please submit the same essay you used on your Rutgers University application. If you are an external transfer applicant and chose not to submit an essay with your Rutgers application, please submit an artist statement describing your background and interest in dramaturgy. In addition to the essay, you are required to submit a resume and photograph.

Stage Management

We have no expectation of any particular style, format, or portfolio preparation. Please simply share any and all prompt book samples, show paperwork, examples of your work in theater (photos of productions, construction of craft projects, programs, or posters that you designed), and any other material that shows your background and interest in theater. This is a great opportunity to start our conversation.


All applicants will be scheduled to interview live or on Zoom with Design and Production faculty. During the interview applicants should expect questions about their submitted portfolio as well as their background, interest, and goals in theater. Interview dates are scheduled for:

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023: New Brunswick, New Jersey (on campus)
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023: New Brunswick, New Jersey (on campus)
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023: Chicago, Illinois – Hyatt Regency *STAGE MANAGEMENT ONLY
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023: Zoom

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