B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A
Berklee College of Music is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
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Berklee College of Music Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$150
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$41,296/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $38,079/ year
  • $30-48k
    $36,907/ year
  • $49-75k
    $44,844/ year
  • $76-110k
    $45,437/ year
  • $110k+
    $48,633/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.62 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,875Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Creative
    31%
  • Diverse
    31%
  • Dedicated
    25%
  • Someone to learn from
    8%
  • Creatively driven1
    2%
  • Hipster in a good way
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
79%
of students say they don't have Greek life.68 responses
Poll
84%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.76 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Big, intimidating and absolutly fantastic.
    25%
  • An amazing resource that's up to you to use
    23%
  • Full of opportunity, great people, connections,
    20%
  • Amazing
    16%
  • Free and open
    7%
  • Eccentric in the best way
    5%
  • Self-driven
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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Berklee is located in the back bay neighborhood of the beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts. The faculty there is so welcoming, and they genuinely care about you and your musical learning. They are so knowledgeable, and each is a currently active member in the music industry. I loved seeing all the amazing in house studios they had there. The cutting edge advancement of this school simply cannot be beat. Every building is safe and you need an ID to get in. There are constantly Berklee Police officers around which makes you feel very safe. The dorms are top of the line in all honesty. The library has an enormous CD collection, and all sorts of books and music scores for students to check out. The cafeteria in the 160 Mass Ave. building sometimes has live performances... In the cafeteria! All the other students that attend school there are so inspiring and love music just as much as you do. The only thing I would like to see change is the cost of tuition being more affordable.
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What I love most about this college is the extraordinary opportunity to be completed immersed in the musical environment and surrounded by the most talented and enthusiastic musicians in the world. Every week we have a lot of rehearsals and performances, many concerts and recordings created by the students, outside the lessons and the school activities. I also love the support of the different centers, such as the career center, job opportunities and internships, the large number of master classes with exceptional musicians who come every week to listen to our music and share their stories and advice with us.
What I would change is probably to diminish the separation between the various departments. I would like to have more opportunities to collaborate with the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Dance department, with the recording studios of the Music Production and Engeneering department, or even have the opportunity to participate in the performances of Electronic Music and Design.
Berklee is an environment of total musical immersion. Diversity is awesome, it enriches the experience by mixing music and habits from all around the world. Furthermore, return on investment is outstanding due to the fact that the high costs return to the student as excellent safety, great professors and incredible academics. All of that will certainly contribute to even more return after graduation, evolving a good place in the nowadays competitive employment market.