Berklee College of Music Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Tuition, Financial Aid, and More

Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music. Twp / Wikimedia Commons

Berklee College of Music is a selective school. The school has a 34 percent acceptance rate, and those applying must go through live auditions and interviews as part of the application process. The school's website has all the information about the audition process. Test scores from the ACT or SAT are not required, but students can submit them if they want. Students must also submit a high school transcript, and are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation, resumes, and any other materials that would support their application.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Berklee College of Music Acceptance Rate: 34 percent
  • Berklee has test-optional admissions (your audition will be far more important than any test scores when applying to Berklee)

Berklee College of Music Description

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. The college has a history of success in historical and contemporary music education—its alumni have received more than 250 Grammy Awards. It should come as no surprise that Berklee made our list of the 10 top music schools in the U.S. Berklee also operates an international satellite campus in Valencia, Spain. Berklee students come from roughly 100 countries.

Undergraduate students can choose to pursue either a professional diploma or bachelor’s degree in 12 majors, including popular programs in composition, music business/management and music production and engineering. Berklee also offers master’s programs at its international campus in contemporary studio performance, scoring for film, television and video games, and global entertainment and music. Classes at Berklee are supported by an 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Campus life is active, and students operate the nation’s only all-ages, student-run night club where students and community members can perform. Berklee students can also participate on Emerson College varsity athletic teams which compete in the NCAA Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 6,405 (5,972 undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 63% Male / 37% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,398
  • Books: $474 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $18,000
  • Other Expenses: $2,170
  • Total Cost: $62,042

Berklee College of Music Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 74%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 61%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,519
    • Loans: $13,714

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Data Sources

National Center for Educational Statistics and Berklee Factbook

If You Like Berklee College, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants looking for a designated music school, or a college with a strong music program should check out Oberlin College, the Juilliard School, Ithaca College, and USC. These schools all get top marks, and are general difficult to get into, like Berklee.

Suffolk University, Emerson College, Newbury College, Simmons College, and UMass Boston are all great options, located near Boston, that are similarly-sized to Berklee, but are more accessible, and not strictly music schools.