Undergraduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

All students intending to major in Dance must meet the Jacksonville University requirements for admissions and must complete an official application with the University's Admissions office. Additionally, students applying for admission into either the BA or BFA degree in Dance must gain admission into the chosen degree program through a live audition process.

Only under special circumstances (such as international students) may students audition through a recorded process. Both methods should be registered through the Office of Admissions.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: All prospective dance majors are required to audition during one of Jacksonville University's scheduled audition days. Built into the scheduled events is a review evaluated by two or three of our current faculty.

The audition will consist of a short ballet barre, ballet center combination, a modern technique section and an improvisation exercise to show creative and analytical skills. Following the audition certain dancers may be asked for a short individual interview with evaluating faculty. Attire for this audition should be neat, clean, and allow for clear observation. Hair should be secured off the face and no large jewelry

We are strongly committed to making the degree accessible and affordable. Estimates of annual expenses and payment options are available from the admissions office. Scholarship recommendations will be made to Financial Aid and awards will be offered upon acceptance 
into the dance program.

Audition Dates

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts welcomes all applicants to audition for programs in Dance, Music, Music Theatre or Theatre, or to submit a portfolio for review for programs in Media Arts and Visual Arts.  An audition or portfolio review is required of all prospective students to the College.  Please note that you must apply to Jacksonville University before submitting your audition or portfolio review.  

Auditions and portfolio reviews for Fall 2021 admission will be conducted electronically for review in four cycles. To ensure full consideration, be sure your materials are submitted on or before the deadline for your chosen admission cycle: 

November 6, 2020 - February 5, 2021 - March 6, 2021 - April 2, 2021

In addition to the electronic audition cycles, in-person, on-campus auditions will be held for Dance, Music, Music Theatre and Theatre on the following dates:  

March 6, 2021 - April 2, 2021

When & Where

Check-in for each audition or portfolio review will be at Terry Concert Hall.

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts welcomes all applicants interested in Dance to audition. During the process, you will have the opportunity to showcase your talents and to experience firsthand our performance and art facilities.

Please note that you must apply to Jacksonville University before attending an audition or portfolio review, and that you must be accepted to the university before you can be accepted into the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts.

These events are designed to give prospective freshmen students the opportunity to:

  • Tour our beautiful riverfront campus
  • Meet LBSCFA faculty and professors 
  • Talk with current JU students
  • Have your questions answered at a panel Q & A

If participating in a Master class by a JU faculty member outside of Jacksonville, please confirm that it can be counted as an ‘in person’ audition and accompanies the required completed audition form.

International Applicants

The undergraduate program strongly encourages applications from the international dance community. Since 1964, JU has developed artistic exchanges of choreographers, students and teachers with 61 countries around the world. We value the contributions that can be made to the program by students from countries outside the U.S. Students whose native language is not English.

  • Must provide a completed Report on Proficiency in English form
  • Submit results of the TOEFL, if taken (JU recommends that the TOEFL be taken, but it is not required.)

Fees & Financial Aid

We are strongly committed to making the degree accessible and affordable. Estimates of annual expenses and payment options are available from the admissions office.

The program offers artist scholarships, loans and possible on-campus employment. The artist fellowship is based both on merit and need. The fellowships, which range from full to partial tuition, are awarded each year to incoming students.

Entering students must apply for the artist scholarship at the same time that they apply for admission. 

Student loans are not available to international students.

All candidates applying for a fellowship/financial aid must complete the FAFSA form. The recommended date of completion is February 1.​