I can't answer all of your questions, but I did research and visit Pace with my son, who is now in another Acting BFA program. Unless they have changed their process radically from last year, Pace requires that all students gain general acceptance into the university before they can audition for the BFA program. Pace is on rolling admissions, and is not especially selective overall, so I'd recommend getting your application in ASAP. They are more selective in terms of scholarships; they have some very generous ones available for strong students, but they are as expensive as other Manhattan-based schools. The BFA audition and application requirements were complicated. They want a written statement (separate from Common App essay) on "why," along with two letters of recommendation (again, separate from Common App) from "people familiar with your work in theater." I understand that they schedule telephone interviews after their auditions if they are interested in the candidate. One advantage at Pace is that you can pursue a Theatre BA if you are not admitted into the Acting BFA program, and still be in NYC. I imagine that admission is not too difficult for the BA, but BFA transfers can be trickier, especially ones like Pace that are linked to specific studios. You might not be able to transfer any studio credits, although they will allow you to transfer general ed ones. Good luck!