Berklee College of Music

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1140 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: (617) 266-1400
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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Berklee College of Music is a private institution that was founded in 1945. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,447 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $37,586 (2013-14).

Located in Boston, the Berklee College of Music offers specialized majors such as Composition, Professional Music, and Music Therapy to its students. The school is broken up into Music Technology, Professional Education, Professional Performance, and Professional Writing departments, and the average class size is typically just 11 students.

Outside of class, there are more than 350 student ensembles to join, as well as a variety of clubs and organizations to check out. There are also student-run enterprises, which give participants hands-on experiences running record labels, concert venues, and more. There are no fraternities or sororities. University residence halls are located in the Back-Bay Fenway neighborhood of Boston and, due to limited space, students are not guaranteed housing. International students make up about a quarter of the student body. Among the scores of notable alumni who have graduated from Berklee College of Music are singer John Mayer; Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks; and Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Berklee attracts the most creative music students in the world who know that no other music college or institution offers such a rich diversity of people, music, and programs. They come here to discover their true music calling; pushing themselves past their own expectations and into the forefront of every aspect of the global music community - Berklee Core Message

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1945
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $243,718,071


When applying to Berklee College of Music, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. The application fee at Berklee College of Music is $150. It has an an acceptance rate of 19.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 19.2%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Berklee College of Music is 13:1, and the school has 88.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Berklee College of Music include: Music, General; Music Performance, General; Recording Arts Technology/Technician; Music Management; and Music Teacher Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Music, General 22%
Music Performance, General 19%
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 15%
Music Management 13%
Music Teacher Education 3%

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Student Life

Berklee College of Music has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,447, with a gender distribution of 70.3 percent male students and 29.7 percent female students. At this school, 17.1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 82.9 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 4,521
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Berklee College of Music offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Berklee College of Music also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Berklee College of Music.

Students who have cars on campus 0%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $37,586 (2013-14)
Room and board $17,200 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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