Undergraduate - How to Apply

Please note: audition forms are now closed. Please email Zarah Ersoff with any questions at zarah@music.ucsb.edu.

Application Procedure

The UCSB Department of Music admits new students in the Fall Quarter only.  Applicants must first apply for admission to the University of California either as a freshman or as a transfer student.  The UC application filing period is November 1st - 30th for enrollment in September of the following year.  For more information on UC eligibility, please visit the University of California website.
This section is for all freshman applicants as well as transfer applicants from outside of UCSB.The total application fee is $70. Transfer students should also refer to Transferring to UCSB Music FAQ section.

Step one

  • Complete the UCSB Undergraduate Application between November 1 - 30. The application fee is $70.
  • Please note that applicants are permitted to apply simultaneously to both the Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies and the Bachelor of Music with a specific instrumental or vocal emphasis. The BM program must be selected as the first-choice major on the UCSB Application.

Step two

  • Complete the UCSB Instrumental Audition Form or Vocal Audition Form between November 1 and December 10. Auditions will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Audition forms are now closed. Please email Zarah Ersoff with any questions at zarah@music.ucsb.edu.
  • Determine the specific Audition Requirements for your chosen program.
  • You will be notified of your audition date and time by email. For Fall 2017 applicants, our three audition days are Sunday, January 22nd, Saturday, January 28th, and Saturday, February 4th (Violin, viola, and cello applicants only). Please do not make travel plans or purchase tickets until you have received official notification that your audition has been scheduled.

Step three

Transfer Students

Visit our Transferring to UCSB FAQ section for important information about transferring.

International Students

Visit our International Student Admission section for important information about applying as an international student.


Feel free to contact us at zarah@music.ucsb.edu or 805-893-5672.