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NYC UNIFIEDS 2014 Walk In List

momoftheatergalmomoftheatergal Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited August 2013 in Musical Theater Major
How do you know what colleges will have walk in auditions?

There are only a couple of schools that I see on the current unified list that my D wants to audition for, but some of the others (that have been discussed here) as prior walk ins are not listed. Some of those colleges she is interested in and it would save time to just see them at unifieds.

Can we contact them to see if they will be there or will they show up on the list later?

Can anyone tell me what colleges showed up at NYC Unifieds last year that were walk in options and not on the list?

Thanks so much!
Post edited by momoftheatergal on

Replies to: NYC UNIFIEDS 2014 Walk In List

  • dramamom0804dramamom0804 Registered User Posts: 801 Member
    There are only 25 schools that are officially Unifieds. But many others hold what are called "regional" auditions in NY or Chicago or LA at the same time as Unifieds. I have heard as many as 40 to 60 additional schools.
    The best way to see if a school you are interested in is planning to be at Unifieds is either to call the theatre department and ask, or check and see if there are audition time slots available in the city you are interested in on the Unified weekend. That tells you they are planning to be there.
    Some schools don't have their audition dates posted yet though. You will have to wait until sept 1 or Oct 1 when they post their info.
    If you search this forum for "Walkins" you should also find some older threads that discuss which schools had available slots. Some of the more popular schools will be booked.
  • monkey13monkey13 Registered User Posts: 1,029 Senior Member
    In order to be on the official Unified list, a school has to hold auditions at all the Unified cities. There are many more schools who only go to, for example, NYC and Chicago, and therefore are not an official Unified school. Don't confuse a school that accepts walk ins with these schools that aren't "official" Unified schools. They are very different creatures.

    You can't really know before hand which schools will allow walk ins at Unifieds. They only do it if they have empty slots. Some schools don't. At NYC Unifieds last year, we noticed walk in slots available at Penn State, Ball State, University of Arts, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I'm sure there were others.

    However, my D auditioned at CMU and CCM on the day BEFORE Unifieds officially started. These were not official Unified schools, nor were they walk ins. She applied, made the audition appointment months and months in advance, and auditioned for the schools at Pearl Studios in NYC. Neither of these schools had walk in slots available.

    So, the bottom line is, if you really like a school, do NOT rely on walk ins to audition...you may not get a walk in slot. As others have pointed out, you have to call the schools and/or check their websites to see if they are holding regional auditions in Unified cities at the same time, or immediately before, Unified auditions.

    Hope this makes sense...?
  • prodesseprodesse Registered User Posts: 959 Member
    The hottest schools are obviously going to be the ones you should schedule first. My son had the most difficulty getting an appointment for CMU. All the slots for Acting were taken, and all they would tell us was "Keep checking back and hope for a cancellation." Ultimately they let him audition for Acting during a time period that had been slated for MT auditions.

    Each school has its own audition scheduling system, some of which are online. In many cases you had to complete the whole application and wait to get some kind of registration number before you could schedule an audition. Almost all the schools had an audition fee over and above the application fee -- have any of us mentioned that little detail yet? If you're applying to a dozen schools, it all mounts up fast. Some were $40, some were closer to $100.
  • GSOMTMomGSOMTMom Registered User Posts: 1,654 Senior Member
    UGH, the fees! I haven't seen much mention of them here, but they're REAL! OH how I envy the parents whose children aren't performing arts majors. My D hass calculated just the application fees and it will be about $500. That doesn't include the prescreen upload or audition fees.
  • prodesseprodesse Registered User Posts: 959 Member
    Yes, because you have to apply to more schools for an auditioned BFA that takes such a small percentage of applicants. Most students can look at their stats and figure out a couple of safeties, a couple of reaches, and call it a day.

    I hadn't known about the audition fees in advance either.
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