B.F.A. Admissions

Ailey/Fordham BFA Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program!  We are no longer accepting freshman applications for Fall 2016 entry.  Our deadline of November 1st has passed and we do not accept late applications.

All students who submitted their applications on time will hear of their audition status by December 15th.  Students who selected New York City as their audition preference will hear of their audition status by December 1st.

Transfer Applications will be available online in January 2016 and will be due April 1st, 2016.

Freshman Admission

Dance Application
Due November 1, 2015 (for Fall 2016 Admission)

The online BFA Dance Application requests detailed information about the applicant’s dance training. In addition, two dance photographs and an essay about the applicant’s professional goals must be submitted. The dance photos must be taken in leotard and tights in the following positions:

(1) Standing in tendu a la seconde position, arms in second position
(2) Standing in first arabesque, leg raised

See application for more details on the photographs and essay. The complete application must be submitted directly to The Ailey School no later than November 1.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Fordham University Common Application
Due November 1, 2015 (for Fall 2016 Admission)

The Fordham University Common Application is the undergraduate academic application for Fordham College at Lincoln Center.  This application requests information about the applicant's academic background and requires an essay, the submission of SAT or ACT test scores, transcripts and a recommendation from a school counselor. BFA Applicants must submit the Common Application online no later than November 1, under Priority Performance.


Application Timeline for Fall 2015 Admission

August 2015 – Begin Fordham University Common Application and the BFA Dance Application online

Fall 2015 – Make sure all required tests for entrance to Fordham have been completed

November 1, 2015 – The Ailey School BFA Dance Application Deadline
November 1, 2015 – Fordham University Common Application Deadline

December 2015 – February 2016 – Auditions for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, by invitation only
Audition invitation status is determined through review of the Dance Application.

March – April 2016 – Ailey/Fordham admission decisions mailed by Fordham University

April 1, 2016 - The Ailey School BFA Dance Application Deadline for Transfer Applicants

May 1, 2016 – Freshmen Deposits due to Fordham University

June 1, 2016 - Fordham University Common Application Deadline for Transfer Applicants

Attending an Audition

Auditions are granted to select applicants based on the merit of the submitted Dance Application. Auditions for prospective freshman will take place between December and February during our national audition tour. All applicants will receive notification of their audition status via email by December 15th, 2015 after successfully submitting the Dance Application. Auditions for prospective transfer students will be held in May at The Ailey School in New York City.

Please note that BFA audition details will not be published. Though audition dates are listed on the Dance Application, only invited applicants will receive additional details about audition times and locations. All auditioning students will be asked to submit a $35 audition fee.

The full-day audition consists of the following: ballet class (one hour); Horton technique class (half hour); two to three minute professionally choreographed solo in modern, ballet or jazz technique and a personal interview.

Transfer Applicants

Ailey/Fordham students are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the program and accomplish the rigorous dance and academic requirements. College students who wish to transfer into the Ailey/Fordham program are expected the meet the criteria necessary for advanced standing at both The Ailey School and Fordham University. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of three years within the program and are only eligible to begin enrollment in the fall term.

All transfer applicants must submit both the Dance Application and Common Application to be considered for admission.

April 1 – Deadline to for transfer students submit the Dance Application to The Ailey School
Select students will be invited to audition based on the merit of their submitted Dance Application. Invited applicants will be asked to attend a special audition for transfer students to be held in May at The Ailey School in New York City.

June 1- Deadline to submit the academic Common Application for Fordham University
The transfer application for Fordham University requires complete high school transcripts, official college or university transcripts, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), a personal statement and a letter of good standing from your current Dean or Registrar.


International Applicants

In addition to completing both Dance Application and the Common Application, international students who are non-native English speakers will need competitive test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL.)
Visit Fordham University for more information

As a courtesy to students who reside outside of the United States, The Ailey School accepts DVD recordings in lieu of attending a live audition. DVD’s should be mailed to The Ailey School and should accompany the Dance Application.

  1. Submit both dance and academic applications and a DVD in lieu of attending an audition.
  2. Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores directly to Fordham University.  Contact Fordham for exact details.
  3. Obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Non-Immigrant Student Status Contact the Fordham University International Student Advisor for instructions.

DVD Guidelines for International Students

  • DVD be compatible with the viewing system in the United States
  • Each segment should not be more than three (3) minutes
  • Candidates should be attired according to The Ailey School Dress Code


Segment 1:  BalletCenter floor grand adagio; combination through space; petit allegro and grand allegro
Segment 2:  Modern Adagio; allegro; floor work and spatial work
Segment 3:  SoloStandard or original repertory using modern, ballet, or jazz technique


For questions, email the BFA Program.