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The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory is college with 545 students located in Boston, MA.

Fine and Performing Arts


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The intimacy of our class settings provides a student-centered atmosphere that is uniquely intensive and supportive. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region, and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. Armed with new energy and new ambitions, the Conservatory is in the midst of a revitalization from top to bottom, setting the stage for new achievements for the institution and our students. We prepare and inspire our students to perform at the highest level in their art and in their lives. We foster their creativity and give them courage. We teach them the skills that will lead to professional and personal fulfillment. The Boston Conservatory was founded in 1867 by Julius Eichberg to serve as both a professional training academy and community music school. Eichberg, a gifted violinist and composer, brought with him the spirit and musical practices flourishing in the great conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Prague, London, and Vienna--but with a difference. From the very start, the Conservatory broke new ground by opening its doors to women and African Americans, people with few professional opportunities in classical music at the time. The Conservatory is also credited with several other important "firsts." After merging with the National Associated Studios of Music at the start of the 20th century, The Boston Conservatory expanded its offerings in several innovative ways. The Conservatory incorporated dance and theater training into its curriculum, created the first "grand opera" department in the United States, and developed the first professional training program in dance to offer equal emphasis on European classical ballet and the uniquely American forms of modern dance. Today, The Boston Conservatory is an independent private college with fully accredited programs in music, dance, and theater. Our student and faculty performances are a consistent and valued part of Boston's cultural life. Our community service program allows us to reach out beyond our walls to various constituencies across the city. Our success is visible both in the learning environment, and in the professional accomplishments of our graduates.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 545
Gender 39% Male / 61% Female
Geography 11% In State / 89% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 18% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 35%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 53%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%
Greek Life 3% of male undergrads participate in Greek life
4% of female undergrads participate in Greek life


Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $250.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

28% of students live on-campus.

98% of freshman live on-campus.

3% of male students live in fraternities.

4% of female students live in sororities.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Women's Dorms


  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: libraries, dorms, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling health services personal counseling
  • Facilities: college operated theater
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major english as a second language (esl) independent study teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Music (42%), Visual and Performing Arts, Other (38%), Dance (19%)

Majors Offered


A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.
Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

Job Opportunities:

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Any instructional program in visual and performing arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Richard Ortner
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 92
Student : Faculty Ratio 6 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 59 : 40
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Acceptance Rate: 36.5% accepted of 1,240 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite21 - 26
English21 - 29
Math20 - 26
Writing10 - 12
SATMath510 - 610
Reading510 - 630
Writing510 - 620

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Character Personal Qualities, Talent Ability

Important: Interview, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Class Rank

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Application Essay

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 0
Math 0 0
Science 0 0
Social Studies 0 0
Foreign Language 0 0
History 0 0

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT




Regular Decision



Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $43,208 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $35,474
$30K-$48K $34,587
$48K-$75K $44,525
$75K-$110K $39,656
$110K+ $49,245

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $38,800, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,800 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,100 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,195 $11,500
Books $776 $776
Total (before financial aid) $58,871 $53,176

Students Receiving Aid

74% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 53% $5,833
Federal Scholarships/Grants 18% $5,153
Institutional Grants 72% $15,633
Other Federal Grants 16% $1,200
Other Loans 9% $25,158
Pell Grants 18% $4,097
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 2% $785
Student Loans 53% $9,889

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

66% of students graduated on time.

67% of students graduated in six years.

80% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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Washington Monthly

#61 National Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#76 National Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
#130 National Universities - Faculty National Academies Rank
#134 National Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#154 National Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#155 National Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#184 National Universities - Science & engineering PhD's awarded Rank
#218 National Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#224 National Universities - Faculty Awards Rank
#232 National Universities - Overall Rank
#233 National Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#247 National Universities - ROTC Rank
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