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General Questions

Do I need to apply separately to the University of Cincinnati?
Do I have to apply online?
How do I schedule an audition/interview?
How will I know which audition/interview date I have been assigned?
Is it better to audition earlier, or to audition in Cincinnati instead of at a regional location?
Do I need to send a pre-screening recording before I can audition?
May I send in a recorded audition?
What repertoire should I perform for my audition?
What scholarships are available?
What need-based financial aid is available?

Do I need to apply separately to the University of Cincinnati?

YES! You must apply to the University of Cincinnati via the Common App (for freshman), the transfer application, or graduate application before you can submit the CCM supplemental application and schedule your audition. 

Do I have to apply online?

Yes. We no longer offer paper applications. The only exceptions are for students transferring to CCM from another college within the University of Cincinnati and students who are facing some extenuating circumstances that prevent them from applying online. These students should contact our office to receive special applications.

How do I schedule an audition/interview?

You must complete and pay for both the online application as well as the CCM supplemental application to be scheduled for an audition/interview. The CCM supplemental application will allow you to select your audition/interview date preferences, and we will schedule according to the dates you’ve selected. You cannot schedule an audition before your application has been submitted and we do not schedule by phone or e-mail.

How will I know which audition/interview date I have been assigned?

When you are scheduled for your audition or interview, we will send you an e-mail from ccmadmis@ucmail.uc.edu (be sure your spam filter allows this address) directing you to your self service site. This online confirmation will include your date and preliminary audition time, and you will be able to access it 2-3 weeks after your application is received. You will receive a second e-mail notice when your audition time is finalized, usually 7-10 days before the audition. If you will be auditioning or interviewing in Cincinnati, we recommend that you set aside the whole day when making your travel plans. Regional audition days are shorter.

Is it better to audition earlier, or to audition in Cincinnati instead of at a regional location?

No. We consider every student equally, regardless of where and when they audition. All of our different audition dates and locations have comparable acceptance rates, and you do not improve your chances by auditioning on a certain day or at a certain place. Our admissions committee is always aware of how many students have yet to audition when making decisions. If you are taking an instrumental audition at a regional location, faculty from your major area will not be present; your audition will be videotaped so that they can review your audition personally. CCM faculty will always be present at regional musical theatre and acting auditions.

Do I need to send in a pre-screening recording before I can audition?

Many programs do require prescreening, but not all. Please see the CCM Application Handbook for specifics about each major.

May I send in a recorded audition?

This varies based on the degree and the major for which you wish to be considered. Some programs allow recorded auditions and others require a live audition. Please review the Application Handbook for the policies regarding the degree and program to which you are applying. 2018-2019 CCM Application Handbook

What repertoire should I perform for my audition?

Consult the CCM Application Handbook for a list of audition requirements for your degree and major. The CCM Admissions Office is unable to offer advice on the selection repertoire or to comment on whether a specific piece is appropriate. These questions should be directed to your music teacher. Musical Theatre applicants should carefully review all of the audition guidelines from the Musical Theatre faculty.

What scholarships are available?

All CCM applicants are automatically considered for a talent-based scholarship (GPA must be 3.0 or higher). The merit based awards are granted to students in the early spring, the award is based on the students audition results and the recommendations of our faculty. Undergraduate students may also qualify for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, awarded by the University to academically qualified students.

What need-based financial aid is available?

Need-based aid (loans, grants, and work-study) is available through the University of Cincinnati, distributed by the Student Financial Aid Office. To be considered, you will need to submit a FAFSA using the code 003125 for the University of Cincinnati.