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Visiting campus, especially when classes are in session, is the best way to learn about Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

You can experience first hand the vibrancy and energy of the University when you walk across the Quad to the Shaffer Art Building, down the hill to the Regent Theater Complex, or into Crouse College's Setnor Auditorium with current students during a typical day of classes. You will also have to opportunity speak with current students and get a real sense of what it's like to be part of SU:VPA and the campus community. You can also meet with us at one of our many off-campus events, including National Portfolio Days, auditions, college fairs, and high school visits. Some of the dates and locations listed in this section of our site also give you the opportunity to have a portfolio review or audition.

On Campus

Information Sessions

Sessions for prospective first-year and transfer students are available on campus with a representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Sessions include a presentation about SU:VPA, including overviews of the School of Art, School of Design, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and the Setnor School of Music. We will also discuss application processes, such talent requirements as auditions and portfolios, and answer any questions you may have.

SU:VPA sessions are included as an extension of the Syracuse University Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” and are offered on the following days and times:

11 a.m. Monday through Friday

3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Reservations for a “Weekday Campus Visit” are required and can be booked through the SU Office of Admissions. We recommend full-day visitors register for the Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” at 9 a.m., which includes an SU:VPA 11 a.m. information session. This allows for such afternoon options as facility tours and portfolio reviews. If you are interested in planning your day with us or would like to know more about our afternoon options, please call the SU:VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769.

Orange Preview

Come for a Fall Orange Preview and learn more about academic and student life at Syracuse University!

Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to meet admissions staff and representatives from the schools and colleges as well as current students. Take a campus tour, visit a residence hall, eat lunch in a dining center, and have all of your questions answered. Plan to spend a full day on campus learning about all that SU has to offer. 

Fall Orange Previews will be held on the following dates in 2016:

  • Monday, October 10
  • Friday, November 4
  • Friday, November 11

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National Portfolio Day

Syracuse University will host a 2016 National Portfolio Day on Sunday, October 23. For more information, visit our National Portfolio Day page.

Drama Audition Days

On Drama Audition Days, students applying to acting may complete the required audition; students applying to musical theater who have successfully prescreened may complete an in-person audition; students applying to theater design and technology or stage management may complete the required portfolio review; and students applying to the B.S. in theater management may complete the departmental interview and submit the required statement.

Drama Audition Days for 2016-17 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Friday, November 11* 
  • Saturday, January 21                   
  • Friday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 4                      
  • Friday, February 10
  • Saturday, February 11  

*This audition date is also an Orange Preview event day and requires registration for both the Orange Preview and the audition. Register for the Orange Preview.

Register for an in-person audition/portfolio review

Audition Day Schedule

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Music Audition Days

On Music Audition Days, students applying to the Setnor School of Music may complete the required audition. Music Audition Days for 2016-17 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Friday, November 11*
  • Saturday, January 21
  • Saturday, January 28
  • Friday, February 3
  • Saturday, February 4

*This audition date is also an Orange Preview event day and requires registration for both the Orange Preview and the audition. Register for the Orange Preview.

Register for an in-person audition

Please note that this site will not become active until after September 15.

Audition Day Schedule

Off Campus

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs (All-SU:VPA Event)

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is represented at select Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). No reservations are required; visit the NACAC schedule for more details about individual events.

SU:VPA will be represented at the following events in 2016-17:

  • Saturday, September 24 – Chicago
  • Sunday, October 9 - Interlochen, Mich.
  • Wednesday, October 19 – New York City
  • Thursday, October 20 – San Diego
  • Saturday, October 22 – Los Angeles
  • Wednesday, October 26 – Las Vegas
  • Thursday, October 27 – Boston
  • Saturday, October 29 – Philadelphia
  • Sunday, November 6 – Austin, Texas
  • Sunday, November 6 – Washington, D.C. 

SU:VPA Academic Interest Presentations (All-SU:VPA Event)

Area presentations on SU:VPA are held on select dates each fall. Information about the School of Art, School of Design, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, Setnor School of Music, and Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the application process; and the audition or portfolio requirements are discussed. The fall 2016 events are:

New York City

Syracuse University Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street
Directions

  • Saturday, October 15, academic interest program, 3-5 p.m. Registration is required. Call the SU:VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769 for more information.
Los Angeles

Syracuse University Office of Admissions - West, 4312 Woodman Avenue, Suite 302, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Directions

  • Saturday, September 24, audition and portfolio preparation session followed by portfolio reviews, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the SU:VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769 for details, to register, and to schedule a review.
  • Sunday, September 25, SU:VPA presentation, 2-4 p.m. Registration for this presentation is required.

Art, Design, and Transmedia Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews are available at select locations. Students may have either an "advise only" or a "final" review at any in-person location. Please review the portfolio requirements and information about submitting your portfolio before arriving for a portfolio review.

National Portfolio Days

All Portfolio Day events are free and do not require pre-registration. Portfolios are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the National Portfolio Day website for more information about each event.

SU:VPA will be represented at the following Portfolio Days in 2016-17:

  • Saturday, October 1 - Houston
  • Sunday, October 2 – Dallas                           
  • Sunday, October 16 – Chicago
  • Sunday, October 23 – San Diego
  • Sunday, October 23 -  Syracuse
  • Saturday, October 29 - Richmond, Va.
  • Saturday, November 5 -  Boston                     
  • Sunday, November 6 – Hartford, Conn.
  • Saturday, November 12 – Philadelphia
  • Sunday, November 13 - New York City
  • Saturday, November 19 - Washington, D.C.
  • Sunday, November 20 – Baltimore
  • Saturday, January 14 - San Francisco
  • Sunday, January 15 - Los Angeles
  • Saturday, January 21 – Miami
  • Sunday, January 22 - Sarasota, Fla.
Regional Portfolio Events
  • Friday, November 6 - Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Reviews, Hyde Park, N.Y. For event information, call 845.471.7477.
  • Saturday, December 3 - Portfolio reviews at Syracuse University Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York City. Reservations required. Call the SU:VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769 for more information.

Drama Regional Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

At these events, students applying to acting may complete the required audition; students applying to musical theater who have successfully prescreened may complete the in-person audition; students applying to theater design and technology or stage management may complete the required portfolio review; and students applying to the B.S. in theater management may complete the departmental interview and submit the required statement.

Our 2016-17 regional audition/portfolio review schedule is below. Registration is required.

Register for an in-person audition/portfolio review

Miami

New World School of the Arts, 25 NE 2nd Street
Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Saturday, January 14
New York City

Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue
Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Sunday, January 22
Chicago

JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams Street
Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Monday, February 6
  • Tuesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, February 8
Los Angeles

Renaissance, 9620 Airport Boulevard
Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Saturday, February 11
  • Sunday, February 12

Music Regional Auditions

At these events, students applying to the Setnor School of Music may complete the required audition. All auditions are performed unaccompanied, with the exception of vocal auditions. An accompanist will be provided for vocal applicants.

We regret that regional auditions are not available for percussion or organ applicants. Jazz/commercial auditions are not available in Washington, D.C. Piano auditions are not available in New York City or Washington, D.C.

Our 2016-17 regional audition schedule is below. Registration is required.

Register for an in-person audition

Please note that this site will not become active until after September 15.

New York City

Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street
Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Wednesday, January 25 (woodwinds, brass, strings, and all jazz/commercial auditions)
  • Thursday, January 26 (classical voice auditions only)
Boston

Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Avenue

Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Sunday, January 15
Washington, D.C.

Greenberg House, 2301 Calvert Street NW

Audition Day Schedule
Directions

  • Saturday, January 7