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Admissions Events

Blue & White Days

July 14 & 28
August 11

9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | University of Saint Francis


Join us for a day catered to incoming high school seniors and juniors and their families to visit and experience life at the University of Saint Francis. Learn about the admissions process, scholarships, and programs, hear from a professor about academics and what it is like to be a USF Student, take a tour of the campus, and have lunch with other families and students. Add a personal appointment if you need some one-on-one information.

Campus Connection Days

July 9 or 23, 9 a.m. EST | University of Saint Francis


New fall students are invited to get familiarized with campus and make key connections. There will be special programming for parents. Learn More!

Contact Kati Hultman-Schlabach, Director of First Year Experience, at 260-399-7700 ext. 6740 or [email protected] if you have questions.

Welcome Weekend

August 26-28 | University of Saint Francis


This celebration weekend brings the new student community together for fun and learning. Watch for the complete Welcome Weekend schedule to be posted soon at Students must register by August 1.

Contact Kati Hultman-Schlabach, Director of First Year Experience, at 260-399-7700 ext. 6740 or [email protected] if you have questions.

Fall Open House

September 24

8:00 a.m. | University of Saint Francis


Welcome high school seniors and parents! You are invited to learn more about USF, explore academic and social opportunities, and make connections while hanging out with other prospective students and current Cougars.

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