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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
MSM is an above-average private college located in Manhattan, New York in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 507 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the MSM acceptance rate is 38%. Popular majors include Musical Instruments, Voice and Opera, and Music. Graduating 88% of students, MSM alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $16,800.
130 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Manhattan School of Music Rankings

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

MSM Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$125
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$41,832/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,854/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
5:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.4 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.6 responses
83%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.6 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    4%
  • On Campus
    96%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
507Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Hardworking
    67%
  • Stressed
    33%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.5 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Advanced
    33%
  • Genuine
    33%
  • Strict
    33%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
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I overall love being a student at Manhattan school of music! The courses available to us are very valuable and the professors are irreplaceable. Academically speaking I am highly impressed with the school. However the reason it did not receive 5 stars was due to the fact that their non music related department is lacking organization and support. It is a very "you're on your own" feel environment when it comes to the non academic portion of the school. That being said, I go to this school for the people (my professors, mentors and colleagues ) and not for their lack of support when it comes to the school offices and officials
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Stefon Harris is an incredible leader and educator here! In his first year as the Associate Dean of the jazz program, he has given master classes on his harmonic system almost weekly, while inspiring creativity, ambition, and artistry from students here.

On the flip side, I was unhappy with my trombone teacher for the first semester. He didn’t always come to lessons, owed time, and was not communicative during these cycles of disconnect. I didn’t feel encouraged by his style of teaching and had to draw from other classes, as well as my own passion, in order to improve.
Manhattan School of Music is definitely one of the most unique conservatories in the world. Excellent music program. I'm specifically enrolled in Voice Opera Theatre. The school is extremely welcoming and has a diverse community I am proud to be a part of. This school truly prepares you for your professional career in the future. Another benefit of attending Manhattan School of Music is its location. The urban atmosphere is truly sensational. Its almost as if the entire city is your classroom. I get inspired by seeing new faces. The skyscrapers surpassing the clouds is a reminder that even the sky isn't the limit. I am truly excited for this upcoming school year.