Best Colleges for Jazz

316

Graduates Per Year

$53K

Average Salary

#316

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

316

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

61

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

316

Jazz

316

317

Sports Communication

315

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering9%9%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public55%55%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Mid East

The New School

By State

New York

The New School

By Conference

Conference USA

University of North Texas

By School

University of Arkansas at Monticello

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a modal jazz musician, band composer, or jazz music executive sounds interesting, then a degree in jazz may just be for you. You could even become the next Miles Davis!

POPULARITY

Jazz is the 316th most popular degree in America, with 316 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #317 Sports Communication.

The degree is offered at a total of 61 colleges across the nation, and is the 244th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 9% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that practically 5/9ths of colleges offering jazz are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most jazz graduates, largely led by The New School, while it’s the Conference USA that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from The New School and University of Rochester.

All that being said, no individual school produces more jazz graduates than University of Arkansas at Monticello, which graduated 62 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study jazz). More students studied jazz as a percentage of total students at Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico than any other college.

Good luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Jazz list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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The New England Conservatory of Music

#1 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Boston, MA

https://necmusic.edu

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Rating

37%

Acceptance

876

Students

# 132

Ranking

$49,580

Tuition

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University of Rochester

#2 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Rochester, NY

https://www.rochester.edu

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Rating

30%

Acceptance

13,269

Students

# 47

Ranking

$55,040

Tuition

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The New School

#3 Best Colleges for Jazz

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New York, NY

https://www.newschool.edu/

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Rating

57%

Acceptance

12,497

Students

# 133

Ranking

$49,778

Tuition

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University of Miami

#4 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Coral Gables, FL

www.miami.edu/

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Rating

27%

Acceptance

19,618

Students

# 55

Ranking

$50,400

Tuition

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Manhattan School of Music

#5 Best Colleges for Jazz

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New York, NY

www.msmnyc.edu

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Rating

36%

Acceptance

1,019

Students

# 163

Ranking

$48,280

Tuition

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University of North Texas

#6 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Denton, TX

www.unt.edu

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Rating

74%

Acceptance

43,963

Students

# 200

Ranking

$18,423

Tuition

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Oberlin College

#7 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Oberlin, OH

www.oberlin.edu

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Rating

36%

Acceptance

2,939

Students

# 96

Ranking

$55,976

Tuition

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California Institute of the Arts

#8 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Valencia, CA

www.calarts.edu

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Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,618

Students

# 134

Ranking

$50,850

Tuition

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#9 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

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Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

# 21

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

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Michigan State University

#10 Best Colleges for Jazz

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East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

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Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

# 41

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

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Temple University

#11 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Philadelphia, PA

www.temple.edu

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Rating

60%

Acceptance

43,154

Students

# 67

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

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SUNY at Purchase College

#12 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Purchase, NY

www.purchase.edu

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Rating

52%

Acceptance

4,753

Students

# 134

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

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DePaul University

#13 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Chicago, IL

https://www.depaul.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

26,721

Students

# 224

Ranking

$40,551

Tuition

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Elmhurst College

#14 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Elmhurst, IL

www.elmhurst.edu

B-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

3,845

Students

# 410

Ranking

$37,454

Tuition

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University of Missouri-Kansas City

#15 Best Colleges for Jazz

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Kansas City, MO

https://www.umkc.edu/

C+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

19,166

Students

# 222

Ranking

$23,080

Tuition

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Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

#16 Best Colleges for Jazz

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San Juan, PR

cmpr.edu/

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Rating

65%

Acceptance

423

Students

# 463

Ranking

$3,000

Tuition