Admission to the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 24 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year. First-year applicants who would like to be considered for USC Merit Scholarship must submit all materials by December 1. The final deadline for first-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students is January 15. This includes the USC Undergraduate Application and the USC Kaufman Portfolio. All applicants will be notified about the results of their portfolio review in early February. Finalists will be invited to our second-round online interviews. Click here for frequently asked questions.
Interested in applying for minor in dance? Visit our Dance Minors page.
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The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is not only home to USC Kaufman dance majors. Step into the building and you’ll also find hundreds of non-major dance students who have enrolled in one of the school’s many technique and lecture courses.
USC Kaufman has become known for its unique live audition experience. The fact that we have a two-stage audition process—whereby we narrow down the pool to a list of finalists—allows us to do things differently.
The video response is a unique part of our application. We ask you to address the following prompt in 30 to 60 seconds on camera: How does your dance lineage and life experience inform and influence your current dance practice?
USC Kaufman has a two-stage audition process: You first submit two video auditions for review by the faculty committee. Finalists are then selected for live auditions taking place in January. What do you need to know about and how can you really shine in your video auditions?
This year, in a seemingly unorthodox move, two professional dancers chose to step away from the professional stage and into USC’s classrooms. Both Eileen Kim and Jonathan Alexander (BFA ’23) shared what drew them to USC Kaufman specifically, what they learned during their time as members of professional ballet companies and where they see their dance journeys going from here.
I know that the college admission process can be very stressful, especially when managing applications and auditions for several programs at once. Our admission team is here to help you find your way.
Applying to dance programs can definitely be a stressful time. So, I sat down with USC Kaufman’s Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services, Anne Aubert-Santelli, to come up with the top 10 things students should keep in mind when applying to our school.
Assistant Dean of Admission Anne Aubert-Santelli outlines what information should be included in your dance resume.
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.
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.
Prospective students often ask me, “Am I applying to USC Kaufman, just 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.
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.