Steps to Apply
All students who wish to major or minor in music must audition before being accepted to the College of Musical Arts. Please read the following information carefully and make sure to complete each step.
For audition questions, call (419) 372-8577, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to the University. Prospective students must apply to Bowling Green State University in addition to auditioning for the College of Musical Arts. Apply online or call toll free (866) 246-6732 (866-CHOOSE BGSU) or local (419) 372-2478 to request an application.
Students currently enrolled in other degree programs at Bowling Green State University who wish to transfer into the College of Musical Arts as a major or minor must pass an entrance audition the semester prior to transfer and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Transfer students from other colleges or universities who wish to major or minor in music must pass an entrance audition one semester prior to enrollment and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Reserve your audition date by completing the online Audition Reservation Form.
*If you are a vocal student interested in a major in Musical Theatre, please view the Musical Theatre audition information. There is a separate audition process for musical theatre students. For questions, please contact the Department of Theatre and Film (419) 372-2222.
Step 4: Prepare for your audition
- Audition repertoire requirements
- Music Theory Placement Exam
- Music and Academic Tips for Preparation
Audition Day Schedules
(subject to change)
Auditions days can be lengthy. Your assigned audition time will be given to you at check-in. In general, Friday audition day check-in begins at 12:00pm, and auditions commonly run as late as 5:00 or 6:00pm. Please plan on being available during that time.
Saturday audition check-in begins at 9:00, and auditions commonly run as late as 4:00 or 5:00, depending on the date and instrument. Please plan on being available during that time.
Audition Day activities include an information session, a Music Theory Placement Test, a parent Q&A session, time to warm up, and auditions.
In the College of Musical Arts we believe that success is based on both musical and academic ability. While your audition is the primary consideration in your application for admission, your academic portfolio is also of great importance. This includes ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA, and your background and experiences in music.
Although the College of Musical Arts has no official test score requirements, we have found that acceptance into the CMA, and academic success in music classes is most likely to be achieved by students with ACT scores of 22 or higher (1030 SAT). The average student ACT score in the College of Musical Arts is currently 26 (1190 SAT).
In the CMA, music scholarships are called Bravo Music Awards. These talent awards are tuition fee waivers awarded in varying amounts to be applied towards tuition. Approximately 40 percent of the students approved in the College of Musical Arts will receive a Bravo Music Award.
For further information about Bravo Music Awards and other music scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
We encourage all applicants to present an in-person campus audition to visit the Moore Musical Arts Center and meet our faculty. However, this may not always be possible.
Students who live more than 250 miles from campus may submit a recorded audition in lieu of an in-person performance. Recorded auditions will be considered for both entrance and scholarships. Students may also submit their audition recordings through our Acceptd page. To ensure scholarship consideration, recorded auditions must be mailed to arrive at the College of Musical Arts by Friday, February 23.
The recorded audition should consist of selections as described under Undergraduate Audition Requirements. The audition should be recorded in stereo utilizing the highest quality equipment available. Students who submit a recorded audition will complete the required written music theory test at summer orientation and registration.
Please complete and submit the online Audition Reservation Form and mail your recorded audition to: Coordinator of Music Admissions, College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290. Students may also submit their audition recordings through our Acceptd page.
AUDITION RESULTS NOTIFICATION
Admission to Bowling Green State University as a music major or minor is competitive. Notification of an audition decision typically occurs within two (2) weeks of the audition date.
There are two possible audition decisions:
Approved: The student meets entrance criteria and is allowed to begin formal study as a music major or minor at Bowling Green State University, contingent upon unconditional admission to the University.
Not Approved: The student does not meet criteria to be a music major/minor. Students that are “Not Approved” to major in music may attend BGSU if they declare a different major and have been admitted to the University. Students not approved to major or minor in music may re-audition beginning in the fall of the next academic year.