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VanderCook College of Music is a private institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 178, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $24,116 (2012-13).
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For 100 years, VanderCook College of Music has been dedicated to preparing musicians to become music educators. Through a rigorous course of study in band, orchestra, jazz, choir, general music, and music technology, VanderCook graduates receive comprehensive, practical training designed to prepare them for the challenges in today's K-12 classrooms. All VanderCook students are instructed in the methodology and techniques of far more instruments - 18 in all - and for longer duration than at any other institution.
With its academic and outreach programming, VanderCook promotes the passionate life-long teaching, learning, playing, enjoyment, and appreciation of music to its students and the surrounding community. Uniquely qualified to teach all areas of music specialization for any grade level, every VanderCook graduate is able to offer unique guidance and experience to each of their students. On average, 95% of students secure teaching jobs within their first year after graduation.
As the first institution in the state where professional musicians could learn to become public school band directors, VanderCook had a pioneering role in Illinois' music education history. Currently it is the only independent college in the nation dedicated exclusively to music teacher preparation. In addition, VanderCook hosts one of nation's largest continuing education programs for music teachers, and provides outreach programs and public performances in Chicago's south side neighborhoods.
Operating as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit institution since 1954, VanderCook has been located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus since 1996. VanderCook is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to VanderCook College of Music, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at VanderCook College of Music is $35. It has an an acceptance rate of 69.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||69.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at VanderCook College of Music is 10:1, and the school has 69.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at VanderCook College of Music include: Music Teacher Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.2 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||36|
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VanderCook College of Music has a total undergraduate enrollment of 178, with a gender distribution of 51.7 percent male students and 48.3 percent female students. At this school, 19.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81.0 percent of students live off campus.
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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|
Campus Info & Services
VanderCook College of Music offers a number of student services including placement service. VanderCook 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, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at VanderCook College of Music.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At VanderCook College of Music, 86.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,514.
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|Tuition and fees||$24,116 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,626 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data