Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA

Berklee, founded in 1945, is a private college. Its urban campus is located in Boston's Back Bay area.

Website: www.berklee.edu/

Private
Co-ed
5,112
Undergraduate
Students
(32.7%) 1,673 Women
(67.3%) 3,439 Men
160
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
26% of 7,682 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.00
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$65,144
Tuition and Fees
$44,140
Room and Board
$18,360
Average Percent of Need Met
44%
Average Freshman Award
$22,497
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$43,444
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
266
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 44% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Boston Population
625,087
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
27% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
8.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.7% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
53.8% White
11.2% Unknown
International Students
33.2%
First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
38.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is not required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1140 Boylston Street
City, State, Zip
Boston, MA 02215-3693
Phone
(617) 747-2221
Fax
(617) 747-2047
E-mail
admissions@berklee.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$150
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
January 31

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
2 years of formal music study, audition required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
26% of 7,682 applicants were admitted
Women
28% of 3,000 applicants were admitted
Men
25% of 4,682 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,178 (59%) of 2,012 admitted students enrolled
Women
401 (48%) of 830 admitted students enrolled
Men
777 (66%) of 1,182 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
232
Students Accepting Wait List Position
187
Students Admitted From Wait List
23

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.00
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$65,144
Tuition and Fees
$44,140
Room and Board
$18,360
Books and Supplies
$474
Other Expenses
$2,170
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning -100
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002126
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
681 (60.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
525 (81.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
494 (93.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
33 (8.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
44%
Average Award
$22,497
Need-Based Gift
Received by 158 (34.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,998
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 407 (80.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,644
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 296 (64.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
245 (22.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,229

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,329 (46.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,974 (84.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,892 (95.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
150 (6.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
45%
Average Award
$23,532
Need-Based Gift
Received by 701 (42.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,683
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,605 (85.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,794
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,208 (66.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,313 (28.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,556

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
38%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$43,444
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Education, Engineering/Technologies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not reported
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments
Most Popular Disciplines
Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related sciences, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not reported
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not reported
Math/Science
Not reported

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
266
Part-Time Faculty
426
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 44% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
 
Sophomore Standing
Not reported

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
 
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Not reported
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Boston Population
625,087
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
 

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Boston
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
27% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
73%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Not available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Not reported
Personal Counseling
Not offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
ice hockey, rock climbing, soccer, table tennis

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
5,112
Women
1,673 (32.7%)
Men
3,439 (67.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
4,291
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
8.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.7% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
53.8% White
11.2% Unknown
International Students.
33.2%
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
160

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
38.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
45.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
49.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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