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  2. Value
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VanderCook Music is an above-average private college located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 102 undergraduate students. The VanderCook Music acceptance rate is 90%. The only major offered is Music Teacher Education. VanderCook Music graduates 59% of its students.
About VanderCook College of Music...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
846-1084
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,110/ 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
    $23,256/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,976/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,956/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,654/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,511/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
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Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
102Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
25%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
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VanderCook is a specialty school. If you want to be a music educator, there is no better place to be. It is very small. I graduated in a class of 13 people. Total enrollment was 90. The school has an excellent masters degree program, and undergrads are permitted to take graduate classes for undergraduate classes. What a way to learn - sitting next to people who are already out there, and who know what they need to learn. I will never regret a day of that education, and living in Chicago offered all sorts of opportunities.
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Vandercook College of Music offers you the overall experience that you need for the college life. It is a small school where you know everyone from staff, faculty and students and yet, it is inside the Illinois Institute of Technology where you can get lost in their big campus. You can use their same facilities such as the Bog which is a social gathering place with bowling allies, video games, pool tables, ping pong tables, a bar and a nice sitting area where you can enjoy food and watch different performances or be your own performer and do some Karaoke with friends. You can also use IIT's library, their radio station (WIIT 88.9 FM Chicago), gym (which has an Olympic size pool), and eating areas such as 7-Eleven and assist their events.

The only draw back as a Vandercook student is that you can't have a hawklink (which is their form of an email address) and so it's really hard to hold a position in one of their clubs/organizations. Also, since we're all Music Education majors in that school, it is very time consuming and stressful but once you figure out that this is the teacher life, your career will be much more easier.

Vandercook is a tight knit community. A family. They, facutly, staff, peers, will help you with anything they can and you will get a job right after you graduate and do your student teaching. You always get emails and honestly information passing is great because everyone wants to succeed and everyone wants to help each other succeed.
There is only one place you can get a student discount and that's Freddie's which is a 10% discount on Vandercook, Shimer, and IIT students. Other than that there is no discounts.