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Admissions Events

“I’m Accepted; Now What?”

December 7

4:30 p.m. | Virtual


What’s next after being accepted to college? Join our admissions and financial aid staff as they go over your next steps after being accepted to USF.

Navigating Admissions and Financial Aid

January 11

4:30 p.m. | Virtual


With all the dates and deadlines to remember and the long, confusing documents to read, the college admissions process can be a lot to handle. But you are not alone! The USF Admissions and Financial Aid teams are always here to help you through the processes.

Beyond the Classroom

February 22 

4:30 p.m. | Virtual


The USF Student Affairs team is here to show you all that USF has to offer outside of the classroom. We will cover all aspects of life on campus, including housing, student events, clubs, and student leadership. For those living on campus, we will walk you through the housing registration process. This session will include a Q&A portion.

Future Cougar Friday

March 10

5:30 p.m. | University of Saint Francis


Relax and have fun with fellow incoming first-year students in Hutzell Athletic Center—have dinner, play games and win prizes! There will be inflatables to play on and plenty of laughs to be shared.

Please note, this event is only for prospective students interested in the fall 2023 semester. Parents and guardians will not be admitted into the event.

Junior and Sophomore Open House

April 22

9:00 a.m. | University of Saint Francis


Welcome high school juniors and sophomores! You’re invited to check out campus, hear from staff and students, and explore what USF has to offer! You will receive a campus tour and eat lunch on campus while you learn why USF would be a great fit for you. Parents and guardians should plan to attend too. Begin your college search and learn what life is like as a USF Cougar!

Welcome Home

June 7

4:30 p.m. | Virtual


Join the USF Student Affairs team as they present and answer questions about on-campus housing. They will talk about a variety of topics, from the residence halls to events on campus. Come and hear what you should expect while living on campus at USF!

Future Cougar Meet-and-Greet

June 13

5:00 p.m. | Parkview Field


Hang out with other incoming first-year students while you take in a Fort Wayne TinCaps game in the 400 Club. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet while watching the game in the best seats in the stadium. This event will definitely be a home run!

Talent Scholarship Day (Attention Artists & Performers!)

Appointments are Required

You may schedule a virtual or in-person review or audition through Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064 or [email protected]. 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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected] 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