Applying is a 2 Step Process

(1) Complete General Admissions Requirements & (2) Complete Major Specific Requirements

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Step 1: Complete General Admissions Requirements

Submit an application that contains the following:

Application fee: $60

Reference: You will be asked to provide one to two references who can discuss your personal character on an academic and professional level. Preferred references would be a teacher, mentor, or employer; reference experience within the music community is helpful, but not required. You will be asked to provide the name and email for each reference within the online application. It is customary and courteous to first obtain the reference’s permission to provide their contact information for this purpose.

Official Transcripts:

  • First Time Freshman: If you are still in high school and graduating soon, or if you have graduated high school and have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following graduation, you need to submit your official high school transcripts. An admission decision may be granted during a student’s final year of high school study, but enrollment will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of high school graduation requirements.
  • Lower Division Transfer: If you have attempted college level credits beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation, you will need to submit your official high school transcripts AND official college transcripts for all schools attended.
  • Upper Division Transfer: If you have completed a Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/university, you will need to submit only your official college transcripts. These must show proof of graduation at the Bachelor degree level. You may still be asked to provide proof of high school graduation to satisfy federal financial aid or immigration policies.

International Students: In addition to the above materials, international students must also submit the information below:

  • English proficiency test scores: You must submit either TOEFL or IELTS results along with your application. Results must be current within the past two years. LACM’s minimum TOEFL score is a 70 (internet based), and minimum IELTS score is a 6 (overall band score).

Exemptions for submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score will only be granted if the student is:
A citizen or permanent resident of one or more of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Philippines, United Kingdom, United States.

(or) The student has a diploma/degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction and evaluation is English. Verification will need to be submitted on the official school transcript or from the International Handbook of Universities.

  • Course-by-course Credit Evaluation: Students who have completed high school, college, or university coursework outside of the United States must submit an official transcript evaluation from aNACES approved evaluation agency. The transcript evaluation must include a course-by-course evaluation, U.S. degree equivalency, and U.S. grade point average equivalency.

Exemptions for submitting a transcript evaluation will only be granted if the transcript is from an American university operation overseas, provided the institution is regionally accredited and submits verification.

All documentation may be submitted online through the application, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the College:

Office of Admissions
Los Angeles College of Music
300 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Step 2: Complete Major Specific Requirements

Check out the program page for your major of interest to find the specific audition requirements. All audition requirements can be uploaded directly to your online application.


Dates & Deadlines

Winter 2018

Winter Start Date
January 8, 2018

Admission  Application
Rolling – Limited Spots Available

Scholarship Priority Deadline
Rolling – Limited Availability

Grant Application and FASFA Deadline
Rolling – Limited Availability

Enrollment Fee & Documents (SPFS & EA) (non-refundable)
Rolling – Limited Spots Available

Housing Deposit 
Spots Available by Waitlist Only

I-20 Requirements
Rolling – Limited Spots Available

International students should submit the I-20 requirements as quickly as possible to ensure enough time for processing, gathering of visa documents, visa wait times and travel plans. F-1 and M-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the program start date.

Tuition Payment Deadline
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Receipt of Final Transcripts/Evaluations Deadline
Rolling – Limited Spots Available

Transfer Credit Evaluation Deadline
December 4, 2017

New Student Orientation
January 4 – 5, 2018

Spring 2018

Spring Start Date
April 10, 2018

Admission  Application
Extended – January 15, 2018

Scholarship Priority Deadline
Extended – January 15, 2018

Grant Application and FASFA Deadline
Extended – January 15, 2018

Enrollment Fee & Documents (SPFS & EA) (non-refundable)
Extended – January 15, 2018

Housing Deposit  
Extended – January 15, 2018

I-20 Requirements
Extended – January 15, 2018

International students should submit the I-20 requirements as quickly as possible to ensure enough time for processing, gathering of visa documents, visa wait times and travel plans. F-1 and M-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the program start date.

Tuition Payment Deadline
January 22, 2018

Receipt of Final Transcripts/Evaluations Deadline
January 22, 2018

Transfer Credit Evaluation Deadline
March 5, 2018

New Student Orientation
April 5 – 6, 2018

Fall 2018

Fall Start Date
October 8, 2018

Admission Application (Priority)
November 15, 2017

Scholarship Priority Deadline
November 15, 2017

Admission Application (Regular) 
February 15, 2018

Scholarship Regular Deadline
February 15, 2018

Grant Application and FASFA Deadline
March 1, 2018

Enrollment Fee & Documents (SPFS & EA) (non-refundable)
May 1, 2018

Housing Deposit (non-refundable)
April 1, 2018

I-20 Requirements
March 1, 2018

International students should submit the I-20 requirements as quickly as possible to ensure enough time for processing, gathering of visa documents, visa wait times and travel plans. F-1 and M-1 visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the program start date.

Tuition Payment Deadline
July 13, 2018

Receipt of Final Transcripts/Evaluations Deadline
July 13, 2018

Transfer Credit Evaluation Deadline
August 31, 2018

New Student Orientation
September 26 – 28, 2018