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Undergraduate Admissions

Theatre is a Dual Admit Program:
In order to pursue a Theatre major at SMU (Acting Track or Theatre Studies Track), you must be accepted both to the Meadows School of the Arts (via your audition/interview), as well as to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission).

Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:
An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts [Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-BFA]. Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration. The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1320 on the old SAT (critical reading and math sections only), 1380 on the new SAT, or 29 on the ACT.

Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

What to Prepare: First-year and transfer Theatre candidates should prepare two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays and 16 bars of one song. (Please note that no accompanist is provided or required.) The total length of both pieces and the song should not exceed five (5) minutes. Auditions will also include an interview. Candidates interested in design, directing, playwriting, stage management or other areas of theatre are encouraged (but not required) to bring portfolios or supplemental materials in addition to presenting their auditions. All auditions will be videotaped.

Transfer Students: Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement.

2016-17 Theatre Audition Dates

To register for your audition, click here to go to our online audition scheduling page. Once there, use the calendar to select your desired audition date.

On-Campus Auditions in Dallas

October 28-29
November 19
January 27-28
February 17-18

Regional/Unified Auditions

November 4-5: Gainesville, FL (individual audition appointments are on Nov. 5 only)
November 6: Orlando, FL
November 17-18: North Texas*
November 20: Houston, TX*
December 2-3: Colorado Thespians (individual audition appointments are on Dec. 3 only)
January 15: Miami, FL
January 16: New Orleans, LA
January 21: New York Unified
February 6-8: Chicago Unified
February 11: Los Angeles Unified

*SMU Theatre will be present at the North Texas auditions and HSPVA in Houston, TX, but students will need to complete another audition (on campus or at the Unifieds) in order to be considered as a candidate for admission.

Observing Theatre Classes/ Touring Campus during your audition visit:

All students auditioning on SMU’s campus are encouraged to attend Theatre classes and to go on a SMU Campus Tour on the Friday of their audition weekend. You can view the schedule of open theatre classes here.

Please RSVP that you will be attending some classes here. Also, if you wish to go on the SMU Campus Tour and have a complimentary lunch in our dining facilities, please register for the 11:15 am Lunch and 2:45 pm Campus Tour through the SMU Daily Visit form at

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Art History

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Undergraduate Studies


B.F.A. in Theatre - Acting Specialization

B.F.A. in Theatre - Theatre Studies Specialization

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

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