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Admissions Events

Turn Your Creativity into a Career in USF Creative Arts | Virtual Session

October 20, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST

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Hear from creative arts professors to learn how as a USF student you’ll push the boundaries of your creative potential, collaborate with artists from various disciplines, connect with professionals in your major and grow through a personalized and progressive education. Our Creative Arts offers majors in Dance, Digital Media Management, Graphic Design, Music Technology, Pre-Art Therapy, Studio Art, and Visual Arts Education.

All potential students and parents are invited to attend. Bring questions for the live Q&A portion!

Cougar Transfer Days

November 4 or 30, 4:00-6:30 p.m. EST

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As a transfer student, we know you have distinct questions and objectives during your search for a new college home. Explore what USF has to offer and get your pre-enrollment steps accomplished all at one time. No registration is required! Come anytime between 4-6:30 p.m.

Become a Health Professional at USF | Virtual Session

November 10, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST

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Join a rewarding career in healthcare or personal health and wellness with endless possibilities. Hear from professors in our allied health majors: Advanced Medical Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Services, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Social Work, and Surgical Technology. Prepare for an in-demand health profession at USF!

All potential students and parents are invited to attend. Bring questions for the live Q&A portion!

Catholic Visit Day

November 13, 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about the University of Saint Francis mission, Franciscan values, and how students foster their faith here. This event is tailored to high school students and their parents/guardians. Hear from President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer, staff, and students, attend Mass in the St. Francis Chapel, and enjoy a campus tour and lunch. You’re also invited to the noon football game as the USF Cougars take on the Concordia University Cardinals!

Come experience what it’s like to live out the Catholic faith at USF.

I’m Accepted! Now What? | Virtual Session

December 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST

High school seniors (and your parents!): You’re invited to attend and learn about your next steps after acceptance to USF. We will talk about admissions, which programs have extra requirements, financial aid, and housing. Don’t miss this to get set on the right path to becoming a student at USF.

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Talent Scholarship Day (Attention Artists & Performers!)

Friday, December 10, 2021
9:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Friday, March 4, 2022
9:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Appointments are Required

You may schedule a virtual or in-person review or audition through Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064 or One-on-one reviews and virtual reviews are also offered all year for those that cannot attend a Talent Scholarship Day.

In the fall and spring of each year, the Creative Arts hosts Talent Scholarship Day — providing incoming students the opportunity to have your work reviewed by professional Creative Arts faculty for talent scholarship consideration.

Scholarships are awarded in the following areas:

  • Art Education
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Graphic Design
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
  • Music Technology
  • Pre-Art Therapy
  • Studio Art

You can also submit a digital portfolio for faculty review, please send an email with:

  • 8-10 images of your best work (attached) to
  • In the body of the email please include a list of the images with the following information: Ex. Image #1: title, medium, size, and year made (feel free to include any notes/descriptions for the faculty regarding each piece).
  • Complete and attach a Portfolio Review Form.

A Creative Arts faculty member will review your submission and make a scholarship recommendation to the office of Financial Aid. Please contact Molly McGowan, Creative Arts Coordinator, with any questions at or 260-399-8064.

Criteria & Conditions

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file at USF and all requests for supporting documentation must be provided. Talent Scholarship recipients must:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid funding as set forth in the USF catalog
  • Maintain full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate enrollment

Here’s what to prepare for Talent Scholarship Day


Students can audition at the Ballet or virtually. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria that apply:

  • Technique
  • Musicality
  • Artistic quality
  • Interview

The audition on site will include participation in a class of 1½ to two hours in length. If you are auditioning virtually please prepare a solo of your choice, up to three minutes in a length.

Visual Arts

The faculty reviews visual arts portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Design and drawing skills
  • Technical achievement
  • Academic achievement

Your portfolio should have 12-15 works demonstrating two-dimensional (drawing, painting), three-dimensional (sculpture or ceramics) or any other media illustrating design ability.


Music Technology

We are interested in your background and current musicianship level, and want to know more about your goals with music tech. Audition requirements:

  • We can take portfolios of work if you come from a live sound/theatre background, or you can bring mp3s of beats you have created if you are in to electronic/composition, etc.
  • Some students audition on specific instruments (trumpet, guitar, drums, etc), voice, or bring in various beats/mixes/tracks they have made.
  • We have both classical (Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz, Choir) and contemporary ensembles (Electronic Music Ensemble, Guitar/Rock Ensemble) in our program.
  • All music tech majors are required to participate in one of our ensembles. What area would you like to audition on? Do you have a specific genre of music you relate to?


Enrollment and scholarship opportunities for the USF Choir are open to all students regardless of major. Audition requirements:

  • Prepared solo piece of your choosing sung a cappella (without accompaniment) or with a live or pre-recorded accompaniment
  • Sight singing

Marching Band

Enrollment and scholarship opportunities for the USF Marching Pride are open to all students regardless of major. Audition requirements:


  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats
  • Prepared solo piece of your choosing
  • Sight reading


  • Standard rudiments (to include metered rolls, flams and paradiddles)
  • Prepared snare drum piece
  • Sight reading on snare drum

Color Guard:

  • 45-60 second solo to music showcasing best flag and dance skills
  • Solo should include at least 30 seconds of flag, choreography should combine movement with flag throughout the piece
  • Solo may be own choreography or something previously performed. However, if using someone else’s choreography, credit should be given to the choreographer
  • If student wishes to showcase more skills (rifle, sabre, tumbling, more dance, etc.), they may perform up to one additional minute of choreography. The whole piece should not be over 2 minutes
  • Student must provide own equipment