Admission to the Conservatory of Dance is highly competitive and is based on the preparation and demonstrated ability of each student. Detailed instructions are available on the Admissions site.

How to Apply

1. Complete the appropriate application with all required materials and fees. You must apply online using the SUNY Application at The Common Application is not available for Dance applicants.

2. Attend a dance audition.

3. Visit the Conservatory

BFA: Criteria for Acceptance

  1. Talent and potential as a performer
  2. Prior training and the ability to demonstrate a knowledge of modern dance and/or classical ballet techniques
  3. Musicality
  4. Good physical proportions in a healthy body that is injury-free

For more information about auditions for the BFA program, including the audition schedule, please refer to BFA Auditions.

MFA: Criteria for Acceptance

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree
  2. Submission of
    • a résumé
    • transcripts of all prior undergraduate experiences
    • a DVD or YouTube links of the applicant's work, performance, or teaching
    • a personal-statement essay
    • professional and personal letters of recommendation
    • Choreography-track students must have mounted (and provide evidence of) their choreography over a minimum of the past two-to-four years.
    • Performance/teaching-track students must have had (and provide evidence of) a professional performing career.

Please refer to the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance MFA Application for details and deadlines. For more information about auditions for the MFA program, including the audition schedule, please refer to MFA Auditions.