Stay on Track: Organization Tips

Let’s be honest: this college audition stuff is stressful! And confusing! Why are there so many different audition requirements for each school? How am I going to fit in all of these auditions? Oh my goodness – why did I ever decide to major in the arts?! Before you start to regret your decision to pursue your dream career, big breath, because we’ve got some tips to help you get organized this summer before audition/application season begins.

First off, spreadsheets/organized lists are your best friend as you go through the college audition process. Let’s start with the first order of business: making a realistic college list. As we are sure you know, a performing arts applicant’s college list tends to be longer than a potential marketing or business major’s list as your acceptance primarily hinges on 5 minutes in the audition room. So, be sure to make a realistic list (check out our post here for tips) and organize as such:


(These are schools that are reaches in terms of performing arts and potentially reaches academically)


(These are schools that are a good fit performing arts wise and you also definitely meet academic standards)


(These schools should be true safeties! We recommend some non-audition programs and schools you can absolutely get into academically)

Additionally, as you begin to flush out your list, make sure to use Acceptd’s “Add to List” feature! In the top right hand corner of every school’s landing page, you can click “Add to List” to bookmark the school and apply to them later if and when you want to. An easy and exciting way to help add more potential programs to your college list.

Add to List FeatureIn order to make sure you are meeting each school’s audition requirements, you need to have the information in black and white in front of you. Let’s say you are a Musical Theatre hopeful and have a list of 15 schools you are thinking of applying to– here’s what a simple organizational spreadsheet could like look:

College Audition Requirements

Scheduling 2Next order of business is organizing potential audition dates for each school. Many schools travel to the National Unified Auditions (locations in NYC, LA, Chicago and Las Vegas) so you may be able to knock off a bunch of schools there if you are an Acting or Musical Theatre applicant. As a dancer, you may be able to tackle the majority of your schools at the National High School Dance Festival. However, not all programs attend a unified audition event. To make it more confusing, many Music/Theatre/Musical Theatre schools hold or attend regional auditions separate from Unifieds but in the same locations. Plus, most students like to do a mix of on-campus auditions and remote auditions. So! Moral of the story – start to map out your college audition road trip now. Here’s a sample spreadsheet to get you organized:

Audition Dates

Scheduling 3

When it comes time to schedule your audition, be sure to check out each school’s landing page on Acceptd. Many schools now offer you the ability to schedule your live auditions directly on our site! An easy way to keep your audition dates in one organized location.

And guys, this is just to get you organized for the performing arts half. You still have your academic half to tackle (applications, essays, etc.) The sooner you start to get organized, the easier your Fall will be. So, stop reading this, hop onto, grab a spreadsheet and pen and get to work! Break legs!

About Chelsea Diehl

Chelsea is a social contributor for Acceptd and the founder of My College Audition.

One response to “Stay on Track: Organization Tips”

  1. […] Once you have solidified your college list, it’s time to pull requirements for each performing arts program to discover what their audition consists of. Make a spreadsheet of pre-screen due dates, audition dates, material requirements, etc. Need tips on what to put in the spreadsheet? Check out our blog post covering this exact topic! […]