Required Materials for Admission


The application is found here.The application deadline for fall enrollment is December 1. The application deadline for spring enrollment is November 1.

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee required with the application. Applicants must pay this fee by major credit card as the final step of submitting their application. 

Application fees are as follows:

  • Applications submitted on or before the application deadline: $110
  • All graduates and/or current students of SFCM applying to a new program: $50
  • All graduates and/or current students of the Pre-College or Adult Extension divisions: $50
  • All late applications: $110, plus an additional $50


All applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from music instructors, preferably including the applicant's current private music teacher. Recommendations will be submitted electronically with your application.  

The applicant will provide the names and email addresses for two music teachers when completing the application.  An email with detailed instructions for completing the recommendation will be sent to each music teacher as soon as the application is submitted. We strongly advise that the recommendation be submitted directly through the application; if this is not possible, a teacher may email a letter of recommendation to  Recommendations should be received no later than January 1st.


  • Undergraduate applicants: Please submit transcripts from all high schools attended.
  • Undergraduate transfer applicants: Please submit all high school and college transcripts.
  • Home-schooled applicants: Please submit either an official transcript issued by an accredited institution, or the diploma from the GED or CHSPE.  In addtion, home-schooled applicants should submit the SAT or ACT.
  • Graduate and postgraduate applicants: Please submit all college transcripts.

Please upload copies of your unofficial transcripts to your online application before January 1st.  If they are available to upload before the December 1st application deadline, please include them with your application.  If the transcripts are not available until after your application has been submitted, please scan them and send them, with your name and desired degree program, to They will add the transcripts to your application record.  If you are admitted and decide to attend, you will be responsible for submitting an original copy of your final transcripts to the SFCM Office of Admission. Complete, official transcripts are due no later than July 1. Students completing their degrees after July 1, but prior to enrollment at the Conservatory, must contact the Registrar prior to the deadline.

Transcripts from International Applicants

International students must also provide notarized, literal translations of their transcripts if the originals are not issued in English. The Office of Admission may require that international transcripts be evaluated by an organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation, such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.  Please click here for more information about the requirements for international students. Complete, official transcripts are due no later than July 1. Students completing their degrees after July 1, but prior to enrollment at the Conservatory, must contact the Registrar prior to the deadline.

ACT/SAT Scores

Home-schooled applicants are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores to support their transcripts. The Conservatory's school code for the ACT is 0403; the code for the SAT is 4744. We will accept scores as official if they are listed on the student's official school transcript. All other applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.


All applicants who have passed the prescreening stage are required to perform a live audition for admission to the Conservatory.  Auditions are held both in San Francisco and regionally, the schedule for which can be found here.  While we encourage students to audition in San Francisco so that they may experience our vibrant campus firsthand, we understand that geographical logistics may occasionally present an obstacle.  Local and regional auditions, along with final audition recordings, are not judged preferentially and students will be given equal consideration.