B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    NG
  12. Safety
    B+
Cleveland Institute of Music is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
11021 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
SAT Scores Range
ACT Scores Range
Application Fee
$110
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Cleveland Institute of Music

Cost

Net Price
$34,081/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,173/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,916/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,779/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,399/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,354/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
236Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
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71%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.7 responses
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After Cleveland Institute of Music

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
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Cleveland Institute of Music Reviews

44 reviews
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It's an amazing experience: being surrounded by other high-achieving musicians, getting very interactive lessons and masterclasses from the world's finest professors. CIM is unique because the school doesn't hire TAs, all lessons are given by the professors themselves. If underclassmen have any questions, the masters/doctor students are very open to help you anytime. From the faculty to the security guards to the students, everyone is warm and inviting.

The students are all very focused and aspiring. The school doesn't need requirements to attend each others' recitals, because the students are interested and supportive anyway.

I love the school, and definitely I will consider staying at CIM for my graduate degree as well.
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Educationally it is both challenging and sometimes excess/bs work. You learn from some of the best teachers this country can offer. What hurts this school is financial and the administration. Currently the school as been put on notice by accreditators for those very reasons. Orchestra program is either too demanding or not demanding enough (depends on your instrument). Some facilities are nice, like the recital hall and studios/classrooms, but the practice rooms are in need of major overhaul. I wound not come back to this school if I could do it over again, despite studying under cleveland orchestra members, the price (scholarship is ok to poor) and administration cause enough headaches that there are better schools with equally great teachers out there, ie Julliard, Curtis, Rice, Colburn, etc.

Yes, we get free access to TCO concerts and perform in severance hall multiple times. Cleveland is still a recovering city from pretty much every major economic crash. It has gotten a lot better since 2008-9 but nowhere near the level of say this countries biggest cities (NY, LA, Chicago, Houston, Philly...). The area,University Circle, is nice and access to museums is mostly free. Outside of UC is hell, aka East Cleveland. The westside is much nicer as is downtown. The weather is well what you'd expect from an northern easterly coasty city. CIM has a partnership with CWRU which is really nice if you like to do other academics or horrible if your main focus is just music. If you like university life/all that other stuff they have it, all is there. If you want to be a recluse and practice all day you can do that too, so the appeal I suppose would be that there is opportunity to escape the conservatory life &dive into another activity. What I liked about the relationship between the 2 institutions was the recreation/workout facility and the early music program is STELLAR. All in all, ok-good school that has a price tag that does not equate to the quality it should and needs.
Stay on campus during the daylight with a group of friends. Night is a little more tricky but safe overall, outside of campus be very aware of surroundings, it's east cleveland. The CIM campus sits on the edge of university circle, but there are constant patrol cars going through the area with cleveland police, CWRU police, and UC police. The university is very aware of its' location and does its' best to provide safety. That being said there are a lot of muggings (CWRU doesn't always report them but they happen) because of location in east cleveland.