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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A
Berklee is an above-average private college located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,875 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Berklee acceptance rate is 34%. Popular majors include Music, Music Technology, and Music Performance. Graduating 61% of students, Berklee alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,500.
About Berklee College of Music...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

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

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
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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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses

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 52 responses
Report
  • Creative
    31%
  • Diverse
    31%
  • Dedicated
    25%
  • Someone to learn from
    10%
  • Creatively driven1
    2%
  • Hipster in a good way
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
80%
of students say they don't have Greek life.69 responses
Poll
84%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Big, intimidating and absolutly fantastic.
    27%
  • An amazing resource that's up to you to use
    22%
  • Full of opportunity, great people, connections,
    20%
  • Amazing
    16%
  • Free and open
    7%
  • Eccentric in the best way
    4%
  • Self-driven
    4%

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 College of Music Reviews

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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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Berklee initiated the first of many innovative applications of technology to music education with Jazz in the Classroom, a series of LP recordings of student work, accompanied by scores. These albums contain early examples of composing, arranging, and performing by students who went on to prominent jazz careers, such as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Ernie Watts, Alan Broadbent, Sadao Watanabe, and many others. The series, which continued until 1980, was a precursor to subsequent
As a current student at Berklee, I really enjoy the campus, academics, and extreme level of diversity here, in terms of improvement, the food needs improvement, and the elevators in my 15+ floor dorm building would shut down a lot so we had little to no elevator access. Other than that, great school!