Berklee College of Music

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Boston, MA

$44,360

Avg tuition

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About Berklee College of Music

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Berklee College of Music is a medium-sized private college located on an urban campus in Boston, Massachusetts. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,004, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 52%. The college offers 15 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 65%, and a student-faculty ratio of 9:1. Tuition and fees for students are $44,360.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

52% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

75% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

65% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Not required or recommended

High school transcript Required

High school rank Recommended

Letter of recommendation Required

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Not required or recommended

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Yes

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

SAT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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7k

Students enrolled

100%

Online student enrollment

9:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

43%

Non-U.S. Citizen

25%

Hispanic

12%

Black

7%

Two or more races

5%

Asian

5%

Unknown

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

43%

Socio-economic diversity

13% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $44,360 $44,360
Graduate $42,973 $42,973

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $474
On-campus room and board $18,640
On-campus other expenses $2,170
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $14,526
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $2,170
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $2,170

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $65,644 $65,644
Off-campus without family $61,530 $61,530
Off-campus with family $47,004 $47,004

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

13%

State Grant Aid

2%

Institution Grant Aid

50%

Pell Grant

13%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $6,774
State Grant Aid $1,754
Institution Grant Aid $23,841
Pell Grant Aid $4,277

Financial Outlook

$25k

Average student debt after graduation

$26k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.