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Welcome University of the Arts Students

Continue your artistic dream at DeSales.

We understand this is a challenging time for you with the sudden news that the University of the Arts is closing. Our community is here to support you by providing resources to help you heal, prioritize your health and well-being, and find an arts community in a new academic home.


“We want you to know that we are here to help. We are dedicated to professional standards of performance, aimed at seamlessly transitioning all students into their chosen professional field. Knowing that your focus has been a BFA, we want you to know that we believe in your talent and your journey. We want to guide you as you discover who you are as a person and an artist.” 

—Anne Lewis, MFA, Division Head, Performing Arts



As you navigate these changes, we assure you that DeSales is committed to offering University of the Arts students a hassle-free transition:

  • 60% tuition discount.
  • Audition waived for dance and theatre students.
  • Brief phone Interview with performing arts faculty required for all programs.

Available Majors and Tracks at DeSales:


Act 1 Drowsy Chaperone Actors

Act 1 Emerging Choreographers 24 Dancers

Transfer Advising

We understand the unique challenges you are facing, and extend our empathy and support during this time. Our admissions counselors can answer your questions about transferring to DeSales, including information about credit transfer, academic programs, and scholarships and financial aid. We encourage you to take advantage of campus visit options and our one-on-one transfer appointments to learn more about how we can assist you in making a seamless transition.

Academic Support

DeSales performing arts faculty are known for their expertise and dedication. We will guide you on your educational journey, helping you develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive.

Connection & Community

At DeSales, we live by the Salesian motto to “be who you are and be that well.” There’s an infectious optimism here and a belief that big results come from small actions. We take a positive approach to life and consider each day an opportunity to go forth and make good things happen. If this interests you, we invite you to learn more about our community.

One-on-One Visit with an Admissions Counselor

Join us on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, for a one-on-one campus experience that will feature a campus tour followed by a chat with your Transfer Admissions Counselor.  We will review our application process, transfer credits, financial aid and scholarships, and completing your college degree. 

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Two actors from DeSales University's production of Pride and Prejudice from the fall of 2021

Act 1 Performing Arts

Act 1 is DeSales University’s highly-acclaimed performing arts company featuring professional-caliber productions of plays and musicals, dance concerts and film festivals.

Each year we welcome another group of eager young artists, all drawn to DeSales to hone their craft and create art that will inspire and entertain. We offer enchanting and provocative stories that will — with the mere rise of a curtain — unlock the limitlessness of your imagination. 

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“Be who you are and be that well.”

– St. Francis de Sales


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