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VanderCook College of Music

"Vandercook College of Music, located about three miles south of the downtown Chicago's Loop, "is the only institution in the United States that specializes exclusively in music education." The curriculum here combines general education courses, applied instrumental and vocal instruction, music education, and music theory."

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"Vandercook College of Music, located about three miles south of the downtown Chicago's Loop, "is the only institution in the United States that specializes exclusively in music education." The curriculum here combines general education courses, applied instrumental and vocal instruction, music education, and music theory."

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The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the preparation of teachers in instrumental, choral, and general music disciplines. Our broad-based curriculum is designed to prepare teachers with strong character, skill in the process of teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 133
Gender 52% Male / 48% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 75% Full Time / 25% Part Time
Geography 75% In State / 25% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 46% 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
Percentage
White 55%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 4%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

18% of students live on-campus.

55% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Fraternity/Sorority Housing
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Radio Station
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: remedial instruction tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates
  • Facilities: midi/electronic music laboratory; archival collection of recordings, photographs, sheet music, and materials from early 20th century to the present.
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Music Teacher Education (100%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach music and music appreciation programs at various educational levels.

Job Opportunities:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
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.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
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.

Administration & Faculty

President Charles T. Menghini
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 9
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 44 : 55
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 37.4% accepted of 123 applications

81% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
35% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
8% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite24 - 29
English21 - 29
Math23 - 27
 

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Talent Ability, Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities

Important: Standardized Test Scores, Interview, Academic GPA, Alumni Relation, Class Rank, Recommendations

Also Considered: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Geographical Residence, Work Experience, Volunteer Work, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 3
Math 0 2
Science 0 2
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 2
Academic Electives 0 3

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $26,661 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $25,346
$30K-$48K $19,177
$48K-$75K $22,674
$75K-$110K $28,327
$110K+ $30,423

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $23,450, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $23,450 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,440 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,626 $7,000
Books $1,900 $1,900
Total (before financial aid) $37,416 $33,790

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 83% $6,560
Federal Scholarships/Grants 58% $4,348
Institutional Grants 100% $6,305
Other Federal Grants 54% $1,112
Other Loans 17% $13,563
Pell Grants 46% $4,220
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 38% $5,132
Student Loans 83% $9,272

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.vandercook.edu/admissions/paying-for-school/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.vandercook.edu/admissions/net-price-calculator/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

38% of students graduated on time.

69% of students graduated in six years.

71% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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