College of Fine Arts Requirements

Standardized Test Requirements

Boston University does not require the SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. Students may choose to submit their scores, however, if they feel they accurately reflect their academic ability.

Exceptions

Students applying for admission to the College of Fine Arts/College of Arts & Sciences Double Degree Programs or for any of BU’s full-tuition scholarships must submit SAT or ACT test results.


Pre-Screening Requirement

School of Music applicants in cello, double bass, flute, percussion, piano, trumpet, violin, and voice are required to submit a pre-screening recording by December 1. Exceptions include:

  • Early Decision applicants
  • Trustee Scholarship applicants
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute alumni

More information about the prescreening requirements can be found on the School of Music website.


Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

Applicants to the School of Theatre, School of Music, and School of Visual Arts, with the exception of Music – Nonperformance majors, must complete an audition, submit a portfolio, or both. For more information and to schedule an audition or portfolio review, please visit the website for the respective school: