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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
SF Conservatory of Music is an above-average private college located in San Francisco, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 221 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SF Conservatory of Music acceptance rate is 45%. Popular majors include Musical Instruments, Music Technology, and Voice and Opera. SF Conservatory of Music graduates 61% of its students.
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
About SF Conservatory of Music...
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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Rankings

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SFCM Admissions

Acceptance Rate
45%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$110
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$40,081/ 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
$26,819/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.8 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.8 responses

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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
221Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
  • Music lovers
    83%
  • Stressed
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
0%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
Poll
90%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.10 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
  • Music
    67%
  • Motivating
    22%
  • Fast-paced
    11%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$19,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%

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I received my Bachelor of Music degree from SFCM and am also a current graduate student at the conservatory, studying voice. One of the biggest forces drawing me to SFCM was my voice teacher, Jane Randolph. I love working with her and have grown so much throughout my time under her instruction. Both the opera program faculty and the academic faculty are amazing.

SFCM's Opera and Musical Theater Program also has a lot to offer in regards to performance opportunities. The conservatory is unique in that it allows even the undergraduate students to participate in operas and ensembles, something that is not often offered by other music programs. The school is small enough that everyone gets a chance to partake in shows and productions. Even during COVID-19, there are plenty of performances (virtual) taking place. Furthermore, if you are a voice student, you have the opportunity to partake in both operas and musicals (not just one or the other).
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SFCM currently has a hybrid learning system in place. The academic classes are online, but rehearsals (depending on instrument and the production) are in-person. The city of San Francisco does not permit any singing when in a room with another person, so the conservatory has inputted a real-time audio streaming system into several classrooms and practice rooms. This allows for rehearsals, coachings, and lessons to take place in real-time (no lag), but in separate rooms of the building.
SFCM has undergone some amazing transformations in faculty, facilities, and access to local arts institutions which is quickly establishing this conservatory as one of the top student destinations in the country. SFCM is located in one of the greatest cities in the world, gives students access to the world-renowned San Francisco Symphony, as well as the SF Opera, SF Ballet, and SF Jazz. I love the community found within the walls of the Conservatory. The students are very friendly and supportive and the administration really cares about its students. In addition to performing, there are tons of opportunities to teach or gain arts administration experience. With the expansion of the Bowes Center adding practice rooms and performance spaces beginning fall 2020, SFCM is giving its students and unparalleled experience.