Boston Conservatory Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Boston Conservatory
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Note: Boston Conservatory merged with Berklee College of Music in 2015.

Boston Conservatory Admissions Overview:

The Boston Conservatory is a very selective school, only admitting 39% of those who apply each year. Students must submit an application, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, an artistic resume, and a high school transcript. In addition, students must schedule an audition, which is the most important part of the application process. The school's website has information about audition dates and requirements, and interested students are encouraged to contact the admissions office with any questions. 

Admissions Data (2014):

Boston Conservatory Description:

Boston Conservatory is an independent performing arts conservatory for music, dance and musical theater located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1867, it is one of the oldest performing arts institutes of higher education in the country, and it made our list of the 10 top music schools in the U.S. The campus is located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, home to several other colleges and universities as well as many of Boston’s cultural treasures. The conservatory strives to maintain a selective, intimate learning environment for students to receive personalized faculty attention, with very small classes and a student faculty ratio of just 6 to 1. Academics are divided into divisions of music, dance and theater; students can pursue bachelor of fine arts and bachelor and master of music degrees in a range of concentrations. Campus life is active, with students participating in dozens of clubs and activities as well as more than 250 performances each year at the conservatory and locations across the city.

Enrollment (2014):

  • Total Enrollment: 711 (545 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $43,800
  • Books: $780 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $17,242
  • Other Expenses: $2,398
  • Total Cost: $64,220

Boston Conservatory Financial Aid (2013 - 14):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74%
    • Loans: 48%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,474
    • Loans: $14,878

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Dance, Music, Theater

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 57%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Boston Conservatory, You May Also Like These Schools:

Applicants interested in schools with a strong performing arts or music program should also check out Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Boston University, the Juilliard School, and Carnegie Mellon University.

For those interested in a school located in or near Boston, other colleges similar in size to the Conservatory include Boston Architectural College, Pine Manor College, Wheelock College, and Newbury College.