Undergraduate Admission to the College of Fine Arts

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to Boston University.

Standardized Test Requirements

Boston University does not require either the SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. This is common practice among arts colleges, as standardized test scores do not relate to a student’s artistic talent and potential. However, applicants may choose to submit their scores 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 Presidential deadline. The SAT/ACT is also not required for College of Fine Arts artistic scholarships.

Please note: Due to BU’s new test optional policy, first-year applicants applying for fall 2021/spring 2022 won’t need to submit test scores in order to be considered for any merit scholarships, including the full tuition Trustee Scholarship. To learn more about merit scholarships available for first-year students and how to apply, please visit the BU Admissions website.

Please refer to the links below for information on program-specific details including audition and portfolio requirements. And keep track of important dates with this complete list of application deadlines.