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Many theatre programs accept applications directly through their website, but more and more schools are beginning to use shared networks for their submissions, including not only application forms but also video auditions and digital portfolios. Always check a school’s website before applying, since some schools may require a separate pre-screening before a full application.

Acceptd is an arts-specific network of some two hundred undergraduate arts programs. Prospective students can post personal profiles for recruiting schools to browse and, for a fee, use the website to submit applications, video auditions, and portfolios.

Another useful site is the Common Application, a nonprofit membership organization that provides applications that students and school officials may submit to over 500 member colleges and universities.

Finally, you can meet representatives and audition for some fifty schools during EdTA’s annual national Thespian Festival. Several state Thespian groups host their own festivals.