How to Apply

Admissions for all Duke undergraduates is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The admissions website offers class profile information for the previously admitted group of first-year students, tips on applications, and an engaging description of all that Duke has to offer undergraduates. You can explore all the majors available for Duke undergraduates on the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences degrees and credentials page.

Students who are interested in majoring and/or minoring in the arts are encouraged to submit supplemental artistic materials. This submission allows us to get to know you better. We have compiled some guidance for applicants, based on frequently asked questions.

At Duke, we are a community of scholars dedicated to the idea that educational opportunities should not be limited by a student’s ability to pay. We practice “need-blind” admissions and will help all qualified students attend Duke through financial aid packages. Over 50% of the Duke undergraduate student body receives some form of financial aid. The financial aid process at Duke begins when you file an aid application. Duke reviews each application and determines the amount the student and family are expected to pay. Any remaining costs are covered by financial aid in the form of grants, work study, and limited student loans. For more information, see the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid website.

For an overview of supplementary materials submission in the arts, read here.

For theater, please include a one-page resume detailing your high school experience in theater. In addition, you may upload to Slideroom one of the following examples of recent work:

  • A video recording with a brief introduction and two contrasting monologues (solo performance only) or one monologue and one song, not to exceed two minutes each in length. Videotaped excerpts from productions will not be considered.
  • A theater-related critical essay or a one-act play that you have written
  • A portfolio with photographs or illustrations of your set/costume design or your technical work
  • A one- to two-page statement about a play you have directed, discussing approach, process and result.

If you have questions regarding format or content, please e-mail the DUS assistant at

If you have questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact the DUS assistant at

When I visit Duke, may I observe theater classes?

Yes. Prospective students are welcomed and encouraged to observe intro-level classes with  prior faculty approval. Observations are open only to the prospective student. Please email the DUS assistant at to schedule your visit.

Do you have to audition to enter the Theater Studies program?

The Theater Studies Department does not require auditions. Any student admitted to Duke can major, minor, and/or take Theater Studies classes. 

Does the Theater Studies program have influence in the admission process?

We can make recommendations based on the theatrical expertise of the prospective student. We highly recommend that applicants submit an artistic supplement with their Duke admission application. Submit here.

Are there Theater Studies scholarships?

Although the Theater Studies Department is not able to offer talent-based scholarships, the Financial Aid office helps all students with their financial needs.

Are Theater Studies classes open to graduate students of other disciplines?

Yes, based on space availability and with the permission of their department. 

Is this a conservatory program where I can earn a B.F.A.?

No. The Theater Studies department is a liberal arts program. All majors graduate with a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts). Duke does not issue Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.