How to Overcome the BFA Waitlist Woes

How to Get Off the BFA Waitlist

You passed your pre-screens. You successfully completed all of your college auditions. You even have been accepted at some college programs. Then you get put on the waitlist at one of your top BFA Musical Theatre or BFA Acting choices!

Wait, what? Now I have to wait longer?!

Although you might be in agony having to wait a little bit longer (and just want this whole college audition process to be over), congrats on making it on the waitlist. It might not feel like a victory, but remember that out of hundreds of auditions, they felt like you were a strong enough match for the program to give you a slot in the BFA class, if one were to open up. When putting together a BFA class, so many factors are taken into consideration. BFA programs could easily fill several classes with talented and worthy applicants, but unfortunately, the spots are limited to keep the student/faculty ratio low.

If you are currently on a BFA waitlist and don't know what to do, here's some advice on

How to Overcome the BFA Waitlist Woes

1. Would you commit to this college?

Before you initiate any contact with a BFA or BA program that you have been waitlisted at, consider whether or not you would actually accept an offer. Of course, if you get off the waitlist and you don't receive a financial aid or scholarship package that makes the program possible for you, then it's ok to turn it down. That being said though, taking money out of the equation, are you 100% sure that you would consider committing to this college? It's important that you don't waste anyone's time; you ultimately are slowing down the process for other students who really want to train there.

2. Multiple Waitlists

It's possible that you could be put on waitlists at different colleges. There's nothing wrong with trying to turn your waitlists into acceptances at multiple programs, but just make sure that if you get off the waitlist at your top choice and decide to go there, communicate with the appropriate contacts at all the other waitlist colleges ASAP (and audition-based programs that you have already been accepted at). That way, the programs can work through their waitlists efficiently and send out their next set of offers.

3. Ask for an additional recommendation.

Maybe you have an acting coach, voice teacher, dance teacher, director, etc. who didn't write a recommendation for you when you initially applied. Don't be shy about asking for an additional recommendation. These arts-based recommenders can provide an accurate picture of what you are like to work with, your overall potential, and your growth throughout your training with them. Ask your recommenders to send these recommendation emails/letters directly to the program, not the general admissions department, to make sure that they get to the appropriate faculty members that are overseeing the BFA selection process.

4. Let them know you're interested.

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