Academy Admission

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There is no place better to grow and thrive as a young artist than Interlochen Arts Academy. Our students come from different cultures and educational backgrounds, from all over the country and all around the world, sharing one essential quality: a passion for the arts. 

The application is the first step toward becoming part of our community. We've designed the admission process with two primary goals:

  1. Provide opportunities for you to demonstrate your preparedness for boarding school
  2. Provide opportunities for you to interact with current students, faculty, and staff to ensure Interlochen is the right place for you and your goals

We aren't looking for perfection, but for potential. More than anything, we want to make sure you will be able to thrive artistically, academically, and emotionally during your time here. 

Early Application Deadline

Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply by the early application deadline on Nov. 15. Applying early gives you priority consideration for your major of choice, financial aid opportunities, and more time to plan ahead.

Regular Application Deadline

Our regular application deadline is Jan. 15. After that date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as space permits.

All applications for Interlochen Arts Academy are submitted online via our Education Community portal. This is where you will fill out your contact information, write your required responses, receive your recommendations, and upload admissions documents, including your audition and/or portfolio.

How to Apply

Your audition and/or portfolio is the most important part of the application process. Each major has different requirements, so please read the instructions carefully before starting. 

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Learn more about upcoming on-campus events such as Open Houses, Meet & Greets, Q&As, and more. Can't make it to campus in-person? Visit our campus virtually instead.

Plan Your Visit

We believe that each and every talented student who is offered admission should be able to attend. Explore our tuition and financial assistance options and don't hesitate to contact our Office of Admission & Financial Aid to ask questions or seek advice. 

Tuition & Financial Aid

The application process for international students requires additional materials, including English proficiency testing results. Want to know more about life as an international student? Our International Students page can give you insights on what to expect.

International Students