Music Admission Timeline
Phase 1: Applications
(open July 1)
July 1 begins a new admission cycle each year. Applicants create a user profile and submit an application. Upon submission, the user's profile dashboard is populated with required checklist items including a prompt to schedule an audition or submit audition media. In addition to official transcripts (high school or other colleges/universities attended), undergraduate applicants will also submit official SAT or ACT scores (test-optional admission is also available for music degrees with the exception of Music Education). Graduate applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation, resume/CV, and a statement of purpose.
Sample Application Checklist:
Q: Can I voluntarily submit materials that are not on my checklist?
A: YES! Many applicants wish to share materials such as performance awards and accolades, links to concert performances, portfolios and projects, additional letters of recommendation or supplemental essays.
Phase 2: Auditions
(December 1 - March 1)
Auditions are coordinated and conducted throughout the winter months. Live auditions and face-to-face interviews are recommended and preferred, but audition videos and online interviews are also accepted. All are evaluated using the same audition rubric. We highly recommend having all materials in place and the audition complete by March 1 for primary award consideration. Applicants are typically notified of audition results within 7-10 days of a live audition (recorded media can take up to 3 weeks to evaluate). Notification of full acceptance along with an initial award package will be issued in a formal letter following the review of all academic materials and audition results.
Phase 3: Enhancement Awards and Graduate Assistantships
(issued beginning March 21)
Priority Rankings are conducted by the faculty at the conclusion of the live audition season. Applicants that wish to have the highest probability of receiving music awards are encouraged to have all application materials fully submitted and the audition completed by March 1 for primary award consideration. Enhancement awards are specific to undergraduate applicants, and are offered in addition to any previously issued scholarships such as the Lead with Music Scholarship which is issued at the time of acceptance. Enhancement awards are determined by faculty committee based on academic merit, audition and interview results, as well as financial need. Graduate Assistantships are specific to graduate applicants, and are offered in addition to the initial Graduate Performance Award offer issued at the time of acceptance. Enhancement awards and graduate assistantships are issued beginning March 21 and can continue through to the deposit deadline (April 15 graduates; May 1 undergraduates).
Phase 4: Decisions and Enrollment
(April 15 graduate; May 1 undergraduate)
Accepted applicants are invited to attend Showcase Saturday, a celebration that includes live music, great food, and opportunities to socialize with current students and future classmates in degree-specific breakout groups. Official enrollment decisions/commitments and deposits are due by April 15 for graduate applicants and May 1 for undergraduates. Academic advisors will reach out to deposited students (May–June) to finalize enrollment and register each new student for their fall classes. Enrolled students will receive communications over the summer months with details regarding class schedules, as well as move-in and orientation information.
Questions? contact the Office of Music Admissions (412) 396-5064
International applicants: All application materials and official documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essay) must be provided in English. Also, we strongly recommend utilizing a foreign credentialing service such as WES or ECE. International students applying for a student visa must submit an affidavit (in English) from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, an affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished must be included. Currency must be translated into United States dollars. Learn more about international applications.
*Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.