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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 can even schedule a music lesson). You will also have to opportunity speak with current students and get a real sense of what it's like to be part of 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 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.

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 Office of Admissions. If you will be on campus all day, we recommend full-day visitors register for the Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” at 9 a.m., which includes a 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 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 our 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 2017:

  • Monday, October 9
  • Friday, November 10

Register and learn more

Syracuse Saturdays

These visits give students an overview of the University’s offerings and campus experience. They include an information session hosted by an admissions officer, faculty, and students and a campus tour. Residence halls are not a part of Syracuse Saturdays.

VPA will be represented at the following Syracuse Saturdays in 2017:

  • Saturday, November 4
  • Saturday, November 11

Register for a Syracuse Saturday

Drama Audition Days

On Drama Audition Days, students applying to acting and 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 2017-18 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Friday, November 17
  • Saturday, January 27                  
  • Friday, February 2
  • Saturday, February 3                     
  • Friday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 10 

Register for an in-person audition, portfolio review, or interview 

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

Drama Audition Day Directions

Audition Day Schedule [PDF]

Music Audition Days

On Music Audition Days, students applying to the Setnor School of Music may complete the required audition. Music Audition Days for 2017-18 will be held on the dates below. Registration is required.

  • Saturday, November 11
  • Saturday, January 20
  • Saturday, January 27
  • Friday, February 2
  • Saturday, February 3

Register for an in-person audition

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

Music Audition Day Directions

2017-18 Music Audition Schedule [PDF]

Off Campus

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs (All-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.

VPA will be represented at the following events in 2017-18:

  • Monday, September 18 – Boston
  • Tuesday, September 26 – Philadelphia
  • Wednesday, September 27 – New York City
  • Sunday, October 1 – Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday, October 3 – Chicago
  • Saturday, October 28 – San Diego, Calif.

Academic Interest Presentations (All-VPA Event)

Area presentations on 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. Registration required. The fall 2017 events are:

NEW YORK CITY

Saturday, October 7
3-5 p.m.
Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York City
View New York City directions

Register for This Event

LOS ANGELES

Sunday, October 22
3-5 p.m.
SU Office of Admissions - West, 4312 Woodman Avenue, Suite 302, Sherman Oaks, California
View Los Angeles directions

Register for this event

Art, Design, and Transmedia Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews are available at select locations. Students may have an "advise only" 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.

VPA will be represented at the following Portfolio Days in 2017-18:

  • Saturday, September 30 – Austin, Texas
  • Sunday, October 1 – Dallas, Texas                              
  • Sunday, October 15 – Chicago
  • Saturday, October 21 – Hartford, Conn.
  • Saturday, October 21 – Los Angeles
  • Sunday, October 22 – Boston                       
  • Sunday, November 5 – Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sunday, November 5 – Philadelphia
  • Sunday, November 12 – New York City
  • Saturday, November 18 – Washington, D.C.
  • Sunday, November 19 – Baltimore
  • Saturday, January 13 – San Diego, Calif.  
  • Sunday, January 14 – San Francisco, Calif.
  • Saturday, January 20 – Miami  
  • Sunday, January 21 – Sarasota, Fla.
REGIONAL PORTFOLIO EVENTS
  • Sunday, October 1 – Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Reviews, Hyde Park, N.Y. For event information, call 845.471.7477.
  • Friday, October 27 – San Diego, Calif. For location and event information, call 315.443.2769.
  • Sunday, October 29 – Montclair Art Museum Portfolio Day, Montclair, N.J. For event information, call 973.746.5555 or visit the museum's website.
  • Saturday, December 9 – Syracuse University Lubin House, 11 East 61st St., New York City. Reservation required; call 315.443.2769 to register or for more information.

Drama Regional Auditions

At these events, students applying to acting and musical theater who have successfully prescreened may complete the in-person audition.

Please note that portfolio reviews and interviews for theater design and technology, stage management, and theater management are not available at regional events.

Our 2017-18 regional audition schedule is below. Registration is required.

Register for an in-person audition

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

Audition Day Schedule [PDF]

NEW YORK CITY

Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave.

  • Saturday, January 20
  • Sunday, January 21

View New York City directions

CHICAGO

JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St.

  • Monday, February 5
  • Tuesday, February 6
  • Wednesday, February 7

View Chicago directions

LOS ANGELES

Hyatt Regency LAX, 6225 W. Century Blvd.

  • Saturday, February 10
  • Sunday, February 11

View Los Angeles directions

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 only available in New York City. Piano auditions are not available in New York City.

Our 2017-18 regional audition schedule is below. Registration is required.

REGISTER FOR AN IN-PERSON AUDITION

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

2017-18 Music Audition Schedule [PDF]

NEW YORK CITY

Syracuse University Fisher Center, 136 Madison Ave.

  • Saturday, January 13 (woodwind, brass, strings, and all jazz/commerical auditions)
  • Sunday, January 14 (classical voice only)

View Fisher Center directions

BOSTON

Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave.

  • Sunday, January 14

View Boston directions