Optional Arts Supplement
The optional arts supplement is for students who have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to one or more art forms and who wish to have their work considered as part of their application.
If you've excelled in architecture, creative writing, dance, music, theater or visual arts, and would like us to consider your talent as part of your Princeton application, you are welcome to submit an arts supplement via SlideRoom. Details for arts supplement submissions will be found on the SlideRoom website and below.
Princeton values the arts in all forms. We cannot, however, evaluate areas outside those in which our faculty have expertise.
Please read the descriptions for each area for further guidelines on how to submit your supplementary materials.
- Single-choice early action optional arts supplement is due on or before November 6.
- Regular decision optional arts supplement is due on or before January 8.
- Transfer optional arts supplement is due on or before March 9.
- On the Coalition, Common, QuestBridge or Universal College Application, please indicate your intention to submit an arts supplement in Princeton’s member questions. You will then be provided with a link in the application to begin your optional arts supplement through our SlideRoom portal.
- Please keep in mind that you need to submit your application to Princeton University before you can submit your optional arts supplement through SlideRoom. You may save the link or return to this page after you have completed your application.
- Within SlideRoom, select the application through which you are applying to Princeton (Coalition, Common, QuestBridge or Universal College Application).
- Please use the same email address as you used on your Coalition, Common, QuestBridge or Universal College Application when setting up your SlideRoom account.
- If you wish to apply using the Coalition, QuestBridge or Universal College Application and require a fee waiver for your optional arts supplement, please email email@example.com directly.
Each SlideRoom submission incurs a small fee. SlideRoom fee waivers are automatically provided for applicants who receive a Common Application fee waiver and who use the SlideRoom link provided in the Common Application.
If you wish to apply using the Coalition Application or the Universal College Application and require a fee waiver for your optional arts supplement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Write to us after you have selected your desired SlideRoom program but before you submit your materials. We cannot refund fees once they have been paid.
As one of your media uploads, we encourage you to include a resume if you think that will add to an understanding of your training and experiences. Or, you may include information about your training in the additional notes field on the SlideRoom Optional Arts Supplement. Please keep in mind, information you provide in SlideRoom will only be read by the arts faculty evaluating your supplement unless you submit it as additional information along with your application to Princeton.
SlideRoom only accepts one submission per program.
SlideRoom will send you an email confirmation that your submission has been received. Receipt of your submission will also be reflected on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal within 24-48 hours.
Documents (for example, additional academic information, research papers, etc.) should not be uploaded through SlideRoom. You may upload those materials through the additional information section of the application or on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal.
If you have excelled in an area of the arts not covered by our supplement, we are still interested in seeing how your talent and expertise might enhance our community. You may submit additional materials or links to your work through your application or on your Princeton Applicant Status Portal. Although we cannot guarantee that the Admission Office will have time to review your work, we will include it in your file.
For more information about the optional arts supplement, please review our FAQs.
SlideRoom can accept any media file type but, the following file formats are optimized for browser-based viewing:
Images (up to 5MB each): .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
Videos (up to 250MB each): .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
3D Models (embedded): .blend, .3ds, .dae, .obj, .fbx, .dwf, .osg, .osgt, .osgb, .ive, .lwo, .lws, .ply, .wrl, .iv, .shp, .stl, .bvh, .flt, .ac, .x, .dw, .3dc, .geo, .gta, .kmz, .vpk
Audio (30MB each): .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
Documents (10MB each): .pdf
Supplement Type, Category and Description of Acceptable Submissions:
Submit samples of your work in architecture or design, including blueprints/plans, drawings, renderings, 3D models, photographs or video.
$5 submission fee
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations
Include a portfolio of your work in any or all of the following media, totaling no more than five pages: poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and translations. Please do not submit journalism samples or complete books.
$5 submission fee
Categories: Choreography, Performance
Include a digital video of one or more solo performances of contrasting styles (ballet, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, modern) and/or of your choreography (no more than five minutes total). Please do not submit group work unless you have a prominently featured solo or you are the choreographer. On-campus auditions are not offered; however, if you are able to visit campus while classes are in session, contact the Dance Program office during business hours at (609) 258-3017 for a meeting and/or opportunity to participate in a class.
$5 submission fee
Categories: Classical Instrument, Classical Voice, Composition, Electronic Music, Jazz, Piano
Please attach a resume as one of your media uploads that details your music training and accomplishments.
Classical Instrument (except piano) — Include a 10- to 15-minute submission of advanced solo work that shows contrasting examples of expression and technique. Do not submit orchestral or ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Classical Voice — Include a submission (no more than 10 minutes) of two songs from classical vocal literature in contrasting styles that best demonstrate your level of technical and musical accomplishment. At least one submission should be from conventional art song or operatic repertoire, and at least one submission should be in a language other than English. Do not submit ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Composition — Include a submission of one to three works that demonstrate your interests and abilities in composition. The Department of Music has a broad definition of composition, one that includes concert music, improvisational music, un-notated music, and while they don’t have the expertise to fully evaluate non-Western compositional traditions, these are also welcome. Submissions can consist of .PDF scores or recordings; recordings or MIDI mockups of scored works are welcome if you have them, but not required.
Electronic Music — Include a submission of a work that shows your skill in electronic music composition.
Jazz Instrument Composition or Voice – Include a 10 to 15-minute submission of advanced solo work. Please do not submit ensemble work unless you have a prominently featured solo.
Piano — Include a submission of work that best demonstrates your level of technical and musical accomplishment, preferably including one of each of the following: 1) the 48 preludes and fugues of J.S. Bach; 2) the first movement of a sonata by Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn; 3) any 19th or 20th-century solo work, not concerti.
Please send submissions in the form of digital audio files. Select times are also available for live hearings. Please email Ryan Dalton email@example.com to schedule an appointment. You should also submit an optional arts supplement, even if you also have been scheduled to play a live hearing.
The Princeton musical community is rich in many kinds of music. This includes non-Western classical and popular music of many types. The Department of Music, however, can provide evaluations only of the performance genres for which formal instruction is offered.
$5 submission fee
Theater / Music Theater
Categories: Performance, Writing, Design, Directing
Students may submit short videos, writing samples or portfolio images to demonstrate their efforts in acting, singing, writing, designing and/or directing. Arts supplements for theater and music theater should be accompanied by a short personal statement related to your interest in the arts (no more than 250 words). Videos should be no more than five minutes in total length and should begin with a clear introduction of yourself and your role in the project shown. Performer’s videos could be two contrasting monologues, songs or other creative work. Writing samples should be no more than 30 pages long. We are more interested in getting a sense of you as an artist than in video production values. If you visit campus while classes are in session and would like to visit a class, a rehearsal or meet with a faculty member, contact the Theater Program office during business hours at 609-258-7810 to request a meeting. On-campus auditions are not offered.
$5 submission fee
Categories: Drawing, Film and Digital Video, Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
We encourage applicants to include works that reflect experimentation and imagination rather than stylistic consistency. We also encourage including exploratory and/or preparatory works (such as sketchbook pages) to show how you think visually.
Whether you are self-taught or have attended art classes, please represent the breadth, depth and complexity of your efforts. Test your digital materials to make sure they are viewable in their entirety before submitting them.
Drawing, Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary, Painting, Photography, Sculpture – Your portfolio may include 5-20 images of your most recent work in any medium or across media. For Drawing or Painting submissions, if possible please include some examples that involve drawing from observation.
If your portfolio includes work from more than one category, choose the category that is your predominant, or submit under Interdisciplinary.
Film and Digital Video – Submit up to, but not more than, 15 minutes of video samples, only as links to works on YouTube or Vimeo. Include a word document listing the title(s), running time, short description, your role in the production, and the category: narrative/documentary/animation/experimental.
$10 submission fee