Gryffindor Gets 1,000,000 Points When You Submit Your Application On Time!

by Mónia C. Estima (aka “Mony”), Associate Director of Admissions

It doesn’t, really, but I’m on a Harry Potter kick for this blog. Anyway, chiming in on our “What’s New for 2012” series, I write today about our new “received by” deadline policy and its implications for our applicants.

How do you know what to submit and when things are due? My colleague, Katie Friis, and I slaved over our cauldrons this summer to provide concise checklists and application information for you on Juilliard’s Web site – please click here to learn what’s what and when it’s all due.

What do we mean by a “received by” deadline? We mean that the application, application fee, and supporting materials must be received by the Office of Admissions at Juilliard BEFORE or ON that deadline. If materials are received by Admissions AFTER the appropriate deadlines, then they are LATE.

Let’s look at the online application itself. What you submit online must also be received by the corresponding deadlines and, generally, Juilliard does not accept late applications. Why? Because, after 11:59pm on the day of a deadline, the application will disappear faster than Professor Snape can snipe, “Evanesco!” And it won’t come back no matter how loudly you cry, “Accio application!”

Another thing about submitting your application – be sure you actually submitted your application. Submission of the application occurs over several steps. (In the past, some folks thought that once they submitted credit card information, they were all set. In fact, they were not.) And if you’re paying your application fee by check, or if you’re a high school senior submitting documentation to request a fee waiver, these also must be “received by” the appropriate deadline.

What happens if your application materials are late? We send you a Howler. (J/K) In the case of late application fees (for those paying by check) or fee waiver requests, your application is late and you will be considered for an audition ONLY IF there are audition slots available after we’ve scheduled all on-time applicants. The same is true for late pre-screening materials (this applies to some applicants for the drama and music divisions); those applicants’ pre-screening materials may be considered ONLY IF there are audition slots available after all on-time applicants have been screened. Be aware, though, that some departments’ audition slots fill up fast and, in that event, regardless of why your check or pre-screening materials were late, we will not be able to schedule you for an audition.

So, rather leaving things to the last minute and winding up feeling like you’ve had a run-in with a Dementor, get your stuff in on time so you can focus on getting ready for your audition!

Sister, I’m (Obviously) Not a Poet

by Mónia C. Estima (aka “Mony”), Associate Director of Admissions

Today we say goodbye to our much admired Admissions Associate, Toni Rosenbaum, who leaves Juilliard to embark on her next great career adventure. Toni has been the face of Juilliard for literally thousands of applicants (and their parents!) for the past four years and, as happy as we all are for her success, we are also sad for our loss. I wrote a little something for her goodbye party, which I share with you all here.


Lee* asked us if we’d like to say a few words here today, and I did. But then I had to determine how I’d arrange words that could adequately address what your four years with us have meant to me. And then it hit me – I’ll write a poem! Here’s my first attempt:

Roses are red,
Now I am blue,
We’re losing Toni,
And that really stinks.

You like?  No, I didn’t either – too sappy.

Then I pondered what style of poetry would lend itself to a little less sap and realized that a limerick would do the trick!  Here’s my second attempt:

Our Toni is pretty terrific
With problems abstract or specific.
She’s charming, she’s sweet,
Wears great shoes on her feet,
And her patience with folks is prolific.

…meh. It’s O.K., but still not quite right.

THEN I remembered that a couple of years ago I challenged my colleagues in Admissions to come up with application related haikus for our blog. I thought maybe the haiku format would work, so here’s that effort:

Just four years ago
You entered our lives, and now
You leave them better.

And with that, I was back to sappy.

So I decided to give up on poetry and simply say – we’ve been so lucky to have you, Toni. Thank you, for everything. And good luck.

*Lee Cioppa, Associate Dean for Admissions

New in Juilliard Drama Admissions for 2012

by Katie Friis, Senior Assistant Director for Dance and Drama Admissions

Hello, Everybody!

As we kick off another exciting year in the Office of Admissions, I’m thrilled to share with you three major changes in the Drama Division:

First, we have announced the addition of a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) track within our Actor Training Program.  This doesn’t change the total number of actors in the program (still 18 per year) or the length of the program (still a 4-year acting curriculum), but it does mean that students who have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling at Juilliard will now have the opportunity to earn a graduate degree here.  Also, there are some special M.F.A. Seminars that have been added to the curriculum, which you can read about here: And of course, we still have the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) option for those actors who haven’t yet earned a bachelor’s degree!

Next, we have introduced a mandatory pre-screening video requirement for all acting applicants who reside outside of the U.S.A.  You can read the specifics here: This process has been implemented because we realize that there is a great deal of time, energy, and expense required of any applicant who has to fly to an audition site, book a hotel room, eat at restaurants, etc.  For applicants who reside outside of the U.S.A., this expenditure is usually the greatest (and realizing that it’s not terribly convenient to fly in from Alaska or Hawaii either, we’ve offered the option to pre-screen to these applicants).  We hope that through pre-screening, we can save some applicants an unnecessary voyage, and confirm for others that it is indeed worth their trouble to attend the audition.  Please keep in mind that the faculty will be reviewing the pre-screening videos with an eye towards who might be a good fit for our program and the School at this time – it is not a judgment of your overall talents or future prospects as an actor!

The final change is a much earlier application deadline for our Playwriting program: NOVEMBER 1!  We do realize that this is quite early compared to other programs, but we have a small group of readers who read each and every applicant play in its entirety, and each play needs to be read by two separate people.  This takes time and organization on our part, folks!  Therefore, we decided to bump the deadline up so that we can get started on this process sooner, and hopefully notify our finalists earlier in the spring as well.  The good news is, playwrights no longer need to send a hard copy of their play – we are asking for an uploaded copy of the play in the application, and an e-mailed “blind” copy for our readers.  You can find complete application requirements here:

I hope this helps to explain some of the new processes for Drama Division applicants, but if you have additional questions, you know where to find us!

Blog Series 2011: What’s new for 2012 Juilliard applications!

It’s hard to believe that summer is over, and we are already accepting applications for fall 2012!  We took a long blog hiatus over the summer…not really intentionally, but we were in the process of switching online application companies, and it was a huge and all-consuming project.

So, to start us off again, we are doing a short series on what’s new about applying to Juilliard for fall 2012.  If you’ve already looked at the Juilliard Web site, you may have seen this on our “Apply to Juilliard” page:

New for fall 2012:

  • All deadlines are received by (not postmarked!)
  • An M.F.A in Acting
  • Actors residing outside of the U.S. are required to pre-screen
  • Playwriting application deadline is November 1
  • Horn applicants are required to pre-screen
  • Two new majors in Historical Performance: Plucked Instruments and Viola da Gamba

So, what does this mean to you, the applicant?  We’re going to explain – check back for the series!