Undergraduate Application Procedures

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First-year applicants with questions about the undergraduate admission and audition process should contact Ms. Jennifer WrightCoordinator of Department Operations and Undergraduate Recruitment.

Incoming or current CWRU students interested in auditioning to add the music major (before their 2nd semester) should contact Mr. Eric CharnofskyCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music (BA) and Undergraduate Enrollment. 

Music Education (BS) applicants with questions about the Music Education admission process should contact Dr. Matthew GarrettCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education (BS).

The Department of Music accepts both Early Action and Regular Decision applications.

Applicants must submit a Music Arts Supplement (portfolio in the area of music) with the Common Application via their applicant status portal during the application process.

Please review the application procedures below and allow enough time to meet the establish deadlines.

Music Arts Supplement Deadlines

  • Early Action: before or on November 15
  • Regular Decision: before or on February 1

Students can declare a minor in music or participate in ensembles/lessons as non-majors without passing an audition. However, all students applying for the Arts Achievement Award must submit a Music Arts Supplement. All submissions received by February 1 will be considered for music scholarship. 

Music (BA) or a secondary major in music and the Arts Achievement Award

Students applying for the Music (BA), a secondary major in music or the Arts Achievement Award (as a music minor/non-major), must follow these application procedures:

  1. Check deadlines and carefully review the Audition Information.
  2. Apply to the University
    1. Indicate the option of submitting a Music Arts Supplement when prompted on the Common Application.
    2. Music (BA)/secondary major: List the Music (BA) degree program as major choice 1 or 2 when prompted on the Common Application.
    3. Arts Achievement Award: Applying for scholarship as a music minor or non-major. Do not list a music degree program as a major choice.
  3. Submit the Music Arts Supplement: The Music Arts Supplement is a digital portfolio that consists of a questionnaire and video audition. Shortly after a student has submitted the Common Application, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will electronically deliver login credentials that the student will use to access their applicant portal. This is also the place where the student can track the status of their application. If these do not arrive within a few days, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Music Education (BS)

Get an early start! We encourage students in their junior year of high school to schedule a Music Education program visit during our open house programs.

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program should follow these application procedures:

Part 1: Common Application + Music Arts Supplement

Check deadlines and carefully review the Audition InformationStudents applying to the Music Education (BS) program should submit the Common Application and Music Arts Supplement materials well in advance of the established deadlines.

  1. Apply to the University
    1. Indicate the option of submitting a Music Arts Supplement when prompted on the Common Application.
    2. List the Music Education (BS) degree program as major choice 1 when prompted on the Common Application.
  2. Submit the Music Arts SupplementThe Music Arts Supplement is a digital portfolio that consists of a questionnaire and video audition. Shortly after a student has submitted the Common Application, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will electronically deliver login credentials that the student will use to access their applicant portal. This is also the place where the student can track the status of their application. If these do not arrive within a few days, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Part 2: Interview

Students applying to the Music Education (BS) program must complete an interview in addition to the Music Arts Supplement. Videoconferencing options are available. Eligible students will be contacted directly for scheduling. 

Interview Dates

Fall 2021 candidates: check back soon!

Music Education (BS) applicants with specific questions about the Music Education admission process should contact Dr. Matthew GarrettCoordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education (BS).


Admission Decision Timeline

Once the admission process is complete, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will notify applicants regarding their admission to CWRU. Students must be admitted into the University to be offered a decision of accept as a music major. Notification regarding music scholarships will be sent on or around March 20.