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Film Schools are often very tight lipped and secret about their acceptance rates and the minimum GPAs that they accept. However thanks to the over a thousand applications in the Application Tracker (1500+ and counting!), we are able to get a pretty good idea of what these numbers might be. Below is the information tabulated from the 2015-2018 application seasons. If a school had less than 5 applications added to the database it was not included.

AFI - Cinematography
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 44.44% (4 out of 9 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: March 3
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 9
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 13
AFI - Directing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 25% (12 out of 48 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 25
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 2
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 13
AFI - Editing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 83.33% (5 out of 6 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 22
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 14
  • Earliest Decision Date: April 2
AFI - Producing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 63.64% (7 out of 11 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 30
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 3
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 15
AFI - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 57.58% (19 out of 33 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 16
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 5
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 13
Art Center - Graduate Film
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 62.5% (5 out of 8 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 16
BU - Cinema and Media Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 40% (4 out of 10 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 29
BU - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 62.5% (5 out of 8 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 1
CalArts - Directing/Film Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 55.17% (16 out of 29 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.55
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 3
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 22
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 4
CalArts - Film/Video
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 14.29% (1 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 4
Chapman - Cinematography
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 71.43% (5 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: April 4
Chapman - Film Production / Directing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 60% (18 out of 30 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.52
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 5
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 8
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 27
Chapman - Film Production / Editing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 81.82% (9 out of 11 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: March 28
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 1
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 7
Chapman - Producing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 75% (12 out of 16 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.9
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 6
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 25
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 27
Chapman - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 91.67% (22 out of 24 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.76
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 7
Chapman - TV Writing & Producing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 60% (3 out of 5 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.78
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 26
Columbia - Creative Producing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 68.09% (32 out of 47 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.13
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 16
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 1
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 9
Columbia - Directing/Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 29.5% (41 out of 139 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 5
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 20
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 21
Columbia College Chicago - Directing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 68.75% (11 out of 16 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.82
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 9
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 2
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 8
CUNY/Feirstein - Directing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 33.33% (3 out of 9 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 15
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 16
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 16
Emerson - Film and Media Art
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 52.94% (9 out of 17 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 24
FSU - MFA Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 56% (14 out of 25 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.47
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 7
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 18
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 8
LMU - Writing for the Screen M.F.A.
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 60% (6 out of 10 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 1
LMU - Film and Television Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 58.82% (20 out of 34 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 1
LMU - Writing and Producing for Television
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 93.33% (14 out of 15 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.43
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 2
Northwestern - Writing for Screen and Stage
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 35.71% (5 out of 14 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.9
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 13
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 26
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 9
NYU - Graduate Film
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 15.44% (21 out of 136 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 8
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 22
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 24
NYU - Dramatic Writing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 40% (18 out of 45 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 22
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 23
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 4
NYU - Producing Program (Dual MBA/MFA)
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 25% (2 out of 8 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.7
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 30
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 17
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 18
SAIC - Film Media Animation
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 62.5% (5 out of 8 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.54
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 25
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 17
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 2
SFSU - Graduate Film
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 85.71% (6 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 21
Syracuse - Film
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 23.08% (3 out of 13 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.59
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 9
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 9
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 23
UMiami - Graduate Film
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 85.71% (6 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.3
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 26
UCLA - Cinematography
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 42.86% (3 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 26
  • Earliest Interview Date: March 15
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 18
UCLA - Directing/Film Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 22.06% (15 out of 68 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 30
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 20
  • Earliest Decision Date: March 5
UCLA - Producers Program
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 13.33% (4 out of 30 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.45
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 29
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 5
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 25
UCLA - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 36.84% (28 out of 76 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 18
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 1
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 17
USC - Directing/Film Production
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 32.28% (41 out of 127 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 11
  • Earliest Interview Date: January 24
  • Earliest Decision Date: January 25
USC - Peter Stark Producing Program
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 21.88% (14 out of 64 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: January 11
  • Earliest Interview Date: January 19
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 16
USC - Writing for Screen and TV
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 24.21% (23 out of 95 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.9
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: February 23
  • Earliest Interview Date: February 25
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 20
UT Austin - Directing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 40% (6 out of 15 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 2.82
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: January 23
UT Austin - Producing
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 42.86% (3 out of 7 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.89
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 22
UT Austin - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 29.41% (5 out of 17 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: 3.83
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: January 25
UT Austin - Michener - Screenwriting
  • FilmSchool.org Acceptance Rate: 20% (1 out of 5 applications)
  • Lowest Reported Minimum GPA: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Notification Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Interview Date: Not Reported
  • Earliest Decision Date: February 6
To see all 1,500+ applications worth of data, use the Application Tracker.

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