College of Fine Arts Requirements

Standardized Test Requirements

Boston University does not require either the new SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. This is common practice among arts colleges, as standardized test scores often do not paint a full picture of a student’s artistic talent and potential. Students may choose to submit their scores however, if they feel they accurately reflect their academic ability.

Applicants to the College of Fine Arts will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, whether or not they submit SAT/ACT scores, provided they apply by the December 1 scholarship deadline. The SAT/ACT is also not required for College of Fine Arts artistic scholarships.


If you are applying for admission to the College of Fine Arts/College of Arts & Sciences Double Degree Programs, the Kilachand Honors College, or wish to be considered for any of BU’s full-tuition scholarships, you must submit new SAT or ACT test results.

Pre-Screening Requirement

School of Music applicants in cello, flute, piano, trumpet, violin, and voice are required to submit a prescreening recording by December 1.

Exceptions to the pre-screening requirement are:

  • 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, go to the College of Fine Arts Undergraduate Admissions Information pages for each school.