Additional Information

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How do I apply?
Applications are available to be downloaded online at this website or through the Tepper Semester office. Complete the application form and submit it along with the application fee to the Tepper Semester office. The address is as follows:

The Tepper Semester
11 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
What are the application requirements?
  • Apply as a second semester junior and attend senior year
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 with good academic standing
  • Successfully passed appropriate evaluations and/or currently attending upper level performance classes
When is the application deadline?
We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2013, which are due by May 15, 2012. Students are accepted on a rolling basis once applications are received.
Is there financial aid available? Are there scholarships available?

  • Students who are not already utilizing a Stafford loan are eligible for up to $5,500 for the year or $2,750 for the semester based on financial need. (International students do not qualify for Stafford loans.)
  • There are grants available for the Tepper Semester based on student eligibility.
  • Other alternative loans may be available to cover a semester program with additional costs.
  • Please check out the Tepper Semester website and click on the financial aid link for further information.
  • The contact person at the financial aid office for the Tepper Semester is Benita Rodriguez. Her email is [email protected] and her phone number is 315-443-1045.
What is the cost of attendance?
Please visit our Program Cost and Fees information for cost breakdown.
Where will the students be housed during the program?
The students have the option of living in apartment-style housing at Equity Residential Properties, conveniently located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The apartments are located a short distance from Theatre Row Studios and readily accessible via subway or bus and an easy walk from the Theatre District.
Is housing mandatory?
Students may choose to live in alternate housing. However, the program is designed to provide housing that offers a suitable living situation for students undergoing a rigorous New York City training experience. All other housing options must be petitioned with written parental approval.
8. Can we choose our roommate for the apartments at Equity Residential?
Yes, given sufficient notice we will accommodate room sharing requests.
What academics must be completed before entering the NYC program for Musical Theatre and Acting students?
Please see your advisor to review your academic requirements.
Where are the classes held?
Classes will be held at studios in the heart of the Theater District and at Syracuse University’s Lubin House. Dance classes and voice lessons are held at various studio locations in New York City.
What is the breakdown of the curriculum for the New York City semester?
Please review our Program Curriculum for the class breakdown.
Who will be teaching the classes?
The faculty is comprised of working professionals: prominent actors, directors, designers, stage managers, accomplished voice teachers, casting directors, and production staff members.
What forms of transportation are available to the students in NYC?
A monthly MetroCard is factored into the program fee. The MetroCard allows you an unlimited number of rides on all subways and buses throughout the city. Along with mass transit, there are taxis. It’s also good to note that New York is an easy walking city.
Will we have classes on the weekend or just during the week?
The regular class schedule will be planned Monday through Friday. There will be master classes and field trips that will take place at night and on the weekends with advance notice. Some students find that taking dance classes and voice lessons on the weekend helps make their schedule more accommodating.
Will we attend plays and take other field trips?
Yes! You will be seeing theatre twice a week as a part of the program. There will be several field trips to museums, The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and a number of other cultural venues throughout the city during the semester.
Will I be able to take any academic courses?
There will not be any academic courses offered as a part of the Tepper Semester. The program is designed to give you an in-depth training experience in your chosen area of specialization.
Will I be able to take online courses?
The curriculum as scheduled is quite full and demanding. If absolutely necessary, students can arrange online courses.
What do we do regarding health insurance?
All students entering the program are required to carry their own health insurance or be covered under their parents plan while in New York City. Proof of coverage must be shown prior to departure for the program.