How to Apply

When applying to UMBC, please indicate Theatre as your preferred major.

BFA in Acting

Admission to the Acting, BFA Major is by audition only. Students may audition for the major prior to enrolling at UMBC or during their first year of study.

2021-22 Audition Dates

  • Summer 2021 Decision: August 28, 2021
  • Early Action (Freshmen and Transfers): November 13, 2021
  • Transfer Applicants: January 22, 2022
  • Linehan Scholar Applicants ONLY (Freshmen): February 5, 2022 (on-campus)
  • Fall Decision (Freshmen and Transfers): March 5, 2022
  • Summer 2022 Decision (Freshmen and Transfers): August 27, 2022

*Due to COVID-19, auditions will be held virtually, by livestream or prerecorded videos. Applicants may also opt for an on-campus audition.


BA in Theatre

Admissions to the Theatre, BA: Theatre Studies Track or Theatre BA: Design & Production Track does not require an audition or portfolio review, with the except of those students applying for the Linehan Artist Scholars Program.

**Linehan Artist Scholars are encouraged to apply by the Priority Deadline: November 1.


Interested in applying? We are always happy to talk with you! Please complete the prospective student interest form or contact us at (410) 455-2917.