Bachelor’s Application Requirements (BA)

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Application Checklist

  • Application and non-refundable $55 fee
  • Portfolio of artwork
  • Official transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • Bachelor of Arts Essay
  • Official SAT I/ACT test scores (optional, but encouraged)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional, but encouraged)
  • FAFSA (for financial aid consideration)

Admission and Scholarship Criteria
The Committee on Admissions considers artistic potential and the ability to succeed academically as the two most important considerations for admission. These same criteria are used to consider accepted students for multi-year merit scholarships at the time of admissions. No additional forms are required. Students applying for need-based aid should complete the free federal application form at For more information on Corcoran financial aid, please click here.

Portfolio Information

  • All students are required to submit a portfolio of ten to fifteen completed works of art.
  • The included work should be a reflection of your best and most recent work.
  • If possible, the work submitted in your portfolio should be related to your area of interest.
  • Work should be formatted digitally as a high quality JPG or PNG and submitted via Slideroom prior to the submission deadline.
  • Each file should be labeled with the tags provided in Slideroom.

Submit your portfolio with Slideroom here.

Secondary School Transcripts must be submitted by applicants who have not completed 24 college-level credits prior to applying. Applicants must receive a high school diploma or equivalent prior to their attendance at the Corcoran. Official copies of all high school transcripts, including courses in progress and final transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions.

College Transcripts are required of applicants who have completed any post-secondary coursework, regardless of whether or not they intend to seek credits for the work. Official transcripts must be requested from each institution attended.

A Writing Sample is required of all applicants. Please choose two of the four topics below to address in a minimum of 250 words (about 2–3 paragraphs). 

    • What do you think you will need to be successful in college? How will you go about find resources to develop your skills?
    • Please describe which of your activities: extracurricular, work, or volunteer experiences have been the most meaningful to you. Why?
    •  Please describe a time you set a personal goal for yourself and detail the plan you created to succeed.
    • Tell us about a time you encountered a problem for which you did not originally have a solution for. How did you go about solving it? Were you successful? Would you do anything differently the next time?


Please select one of the following topics for your application essay. This is not a test; we are simply interested in learning how you think and express yourself.

  • Today the web is a major site of visual experience, and some museums are responding by placing their collections online or devising “virtual museums” on the Second Life website.  What are the essential differences between a virtual museum and one made of bricks and mortar, and how should museums respond to the virtual world?
  • In a recent poll conducted by the New York Times, a large majority of art critics said they wouldn’t try to define the term “art.” Why do you think they feel that way?
  • For this question, we ask you to write a personal response occasioned by a particular word. Your answer can take you in any direction you wish and be in any written form. This year’s word is “Engagement.”


SAT I/ACT Test Scores are not required. Students who have taken these exams are encouraged to submit their scores.

Advanced Placement Credit may be awarded to students who take Advanced Placement (AP) examinations offered by The College Board and receive a score of 4 or 5. Applicants are encouraged to have official results of the AP exams forwarded to the Office of Admissions for credit evaluation. (optional)

Letters of Recommendation from teachers or professors qualified to evaluate the candidate's academic, artistic, or personal qualities. The full name of the candidate must appear on each letter of recommendation submitted to the Office of Admissions. Letters should be written on official letterhead. (optional)

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