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Admission Policies and Procedures

First-Year Students

All prospective first-year music majors must audition and interview with the scholarship/admissions committee of the music faculty to enter the music program. This same audition also serves for scholarship decisions.

Early auditions and interviews are recommended for students wishing to be considered for scholarships; students desiring scholarship consideration must audition by March 1. After March 1 a student may still audition for admission, but will not be considered for scholarship.

A successful audition and admission to the Department of Music does not, however, guarantee admission to the university. Students must also be admitted to the university by meeting the requirements specified in publications from the Admissions Office 434.395.2060.

The audition could result in one of four possible outcomes:

  • Full acceptance - the faculty believes the student capable of successfully completing classes and performance in the department
  • Provisional acceptance - the faculty has some concerns about the preparation of the student. The student will be able to enroll in all classes of the music major, but must successfully reaudition at the end of the first semester in order to continue.
  • Music minor status - the faculty has more serious concerns about the preparation of the student, and the student is allowed to enroll in classes leading to the music minor.
  • No acceptance



Transfer students from other institutions must complete the same admission/scholarship audition and interview as described above for freshmen. Transfers must also be admitted to the university by meeting the requirements established by the Admissions Office. Transfer will be determined through transcript evaluation by the Admissions Office. The amount of applied music credit that may be transferred from other institutions is determined through evaluation of the student's abilities by the Department Chair. Transfer students should confer with the Department Chair or Transfer Coordinator for the purpose of evaluating past college work and for planning the orderly completion of a degree plan.


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