Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year. Candidates must submit the USC Undergraduate Application by December 1. This includes the Common Application (with the USC Writing Supplement) and the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in mid-December. Finalists will be invited to a live audition in January.
Interested in applying for a minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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Prospective students often ask me, “Am I applying to Kaufman or USC or both?” Each college dance program has its own process, requirements and timeline—so I get that it can be super confusing. In short, for us, you are simply applying to the University of Southern California.
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance BFA program was conceived with a conservatory-style emphasis on dance, but is embedded in a top-tier university. What exactly does this mean? BFA students at USC Kaufman take on technique, repertory, improvisation, and composition. Simultaneously, they meet the general education requirements of the university.
Candidates for USC Kaufman’s BFA in Dance must submit the USC Undergraduate Application, which consists of the Common Application and USC Writing Supplement. In addition, they must provide specific dance materials as a part of the USC Kaufman Portfolio. The deadline for all materials is December 1. Check out this guide to applying.
USC Kaufman freshman Bella Allen shares how her parents helped her navigate the admission and audition process; plus bonus tips from the parents of several current BFA students.
After meeting with the faculty at Kaufman and speaking with the admissions team, I realized that I wanted to pursue a BFA in dance. USC was my ultimate choice for college because of all the amazing opportunities they provide for their students.
Zackery Torres (BFA ’21) sat down with four BFA students to discuss different performance opportunities at USC Kaufman, including the USC Trustees Retreat in Santa Barbara, the ODC Walking Distance Dance Festival in San Francisco, Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico and our NYC Debut at The Joyce Theater.