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Berklee College of Music

"Music, twenty-four, seven" describes the life and the atmosphere at Berklee College of Music. "For music, there is no other place to be." For those rare moments of silence, students on the predominantly male campus can go out in Boston for amusement and "a great escape from possible music burnout."

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"Music, twenty-four, seven" describes the life and the atmosphere at Berklee College of Music. "For music, there is no other place to be." For those rare moments of silence, students on the predominantly male campus can go out in Boston for amusement and "a great escape from possible music burnout."

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Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today--and tomorrow.

Berklee College of Music is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 4,402
Gender 69% Male / 31% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 90% Full Time / 10% Part Time
Geography 16% In State / 84% Out of State / 30% 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
Percentage
White 40%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 30%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $300.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

17% of students live on-campus.

56% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

Student Publications: The Groove

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available computer repair service available on campus wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling veteran's counselor minority students services
  • Facilities: performance center, student-run music venue and coffee house, music technology facilities and practice spaces, synthesizer laboratories, recording studios, film scoring laboratories, technology labs, media center.
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major internships student-designed major teacher certification english as a second language (esl) cooperative education dual enrollment of high school students
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Music Theory and Composition (23%), Music (22%), Music Performance (17%), Recording Arts Technology/Technician (15%), Music Management (13%), Music Therapy/Therapist (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of Jazz. Includes instruction in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics.

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.
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.

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.

A program that prepares individuals to organize and manage music organizations, operations, facilities, and personnel. Includes instruction in business and financial management; marketing and fundraising; personnel management and labor relations; event promotion and management; music products merchandising; artist agency and promotion; music law; and applications to specific activities such as managing theaters, recording studios and companies, bands and other ensembles, individual artists, and music organizations.

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.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

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.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
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.

A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability.

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.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

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.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals, in association with a rehabilitation team or in private practice, to use music in therapeutic relationships to address patients' physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. Includes instruction in music theory and performance, human growth and development, biomedical sciences, abnormal psychology, disabling conditions, patient assessment and diagnosis, treatment plan development and implementation, clinical evaluation, record-keeping, and professional standards and ethics.

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Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Therapists, All Other
All therapists not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions. Includes instruction in sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound effects recording; sound track editing; dubbing and mixing; sound engineering; tape, disk, and CD production; digital recording and transmission; amplification and modulation; and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers.

Job Opportunities:

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
Sound Engineering Technicians
Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Administration & Faculty

President Roger H. Brown
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 248
Student : Faculty Ratio 12 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 76 : 23
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 LAHS 231 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 LMSC 200 3.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 LMSC 200 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 LMSC 200 3.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 LMSC 200 3.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 LHUM 200 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 LSOC 331 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 LENG 111 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 LENG 111 or LENG 201 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 LMSC 318 3.0
AP European History 3.0 LHIS 217 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 LFRN 151 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 LHUM 200 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 LSOC 200 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 LHUM 200 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 LHUM 200 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 LSOC 225 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 LSOC 225 3.0
AP Physics B 3.0 LMSC 306 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 LSOC 211 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 LSPN 161 3.0
AP Statistics 3.0 LMSC 251 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 LSOC 335 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 LHIS 213 3.0
AP World History 3.0 LHIS 233 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 36.2% accepted of 6,412 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability, Interview

Important: Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities, Level Of Applicants Interest, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student, Geographical Residence, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work, Application Essay, Class Rank

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 1
English 0 4
Math 0 1
Science 0 1
Science Lab 0 1
Academic Electives 0 6

Other Application Information: SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

Deadlines

November

1

Early Action
January

15

Regular Decision

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $41,408 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $41,445
$30K-$48K $39,189
$48K-$75K $41,248
$75K-$110K $42,690
$110K+ $47,014

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $36,514, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,514 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,072 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,200 $17,200
Books $474 $474
Total (before financial aid) $55,260 $55,260

Students Receiving Aid

51% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 42% $6,092
Federal Scholarships/Grants 18% $4,983
Institutional Grants 43% $15,327
Other Federal Grants 11% $1,427
Other Loans 12% $30,039
Pell Grants 18% $4,157
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 4% $1,043
Student Loans 44% $14,184

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.berklee.edu/financial-aid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.berklee.edu/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance.html.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

36% of students graduated on time.

49% of students graduated in six years.

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

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Berklee College of Music graduates is $39,500, according to Payscale.

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Rankings

PayScale

#676 Starting Median Salary Rankings

Social Mobility Index

#537 Social Mobility Index

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#132 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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