Curtis Institute of Music

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1726 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 893-5252
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Dec. 12
application deadline

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Curtis Institute of Music is a private institution that was founded in 1924. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 125, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $2,545 (2013-14).

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

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

Admissions to the Curtis Institute of Music are based on artistic promise alone. Enrollment is limited to the number of musicians needed for a symphony orchestra, opera department, and select programs in piano, guitar, composition, conducting, organ, and harpsichord. Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students. The student body is international and multicultural, and there is no minimum or maximum age to audition. Curtis's high standard for entry ensures that students rehearse and perform alongside musical peers.

Performances at Curtis grow from the school's "learn by doing" philosophy. Students enjoy constant opportunities to perform, with more than 150 public performances each year, including orchestra concerts, opera productions, and solo and chamber music recitals.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1924
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $90,928,866


When applying to Curtis Institute of Music, it's important to note the application deadline is December 12. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at Curtis Institute of Music is $150. It has an an acceptance rate of 6.8 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 6.8%
Application deadline December 12
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The most popular majors at Curtis Institute of Music include: Music Performance, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.3 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A
4-year graduation rate 81%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Music Performance, General 100%

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Student Life

Curtis Institute of Music has a total undergraduate enrollment of 125, with a gender distribution of 53.6 percent male students and 46.4 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 166
Student gender distribution
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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

Curtis Institute of Music offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Curtis Institute of Music also offers campus safety and security services like 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 Curtis Institute of Music.

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

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Paying for School

At Curtis Institute of Music, 59.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,559.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $2,545 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,072 (2013-14)
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