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2022 Best Colleges for Jazz

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316

Graduates Per Year

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$53K

Average Salary

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#316

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

316

95% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

61

68% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

316

Jazz

316

317

Sports Communication

315

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$40,159

26% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

91

International Economics

$40,282

92

Jazz

$40,159

93

Entrepreneurship

$40,106

Salary

Low Salary

$26,368

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

351

Music Performance

$26,368

352

Jazz

$26,368

353

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

$26,307

Professors

Bad

3.8/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

268

Jazz

269

Applied Mathematics

Students

Diverse

3.9/5

8.45% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

148

Accounting and Finance

149

Jazz

150

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SUMMARY

A degree in Jazz is a valuable choice and ordinarily an essential first step for undergrads aspiring to pursue a career as a modal jazz musician, a band composer, or a jazz music executive. Interestingly, nationally, jazz is a very rare major coming in at the 316th most popular area of study. Last year, there were 316 jazz graduates. In-state tuition for jazz at private universities is, on average, 4.3 times more pricey than their public counterparts.

With only 61 colleges having programs for jazz you might have limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other jazz undergrads, look at schools in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to jazz than any other state. More generally, the top region to pursue jazz is in the Mid East region with The New School, SUNY at Purchase College, and Temple University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to major in jazz is the Conference USA with University of North Texas representing the conference. From our extensive list of the best colleges, our belief is that the best college for jazz is University of Rochester.

The overall 'best' school does not mean it is the 'best' school for every student. There might be tons more factors to think about when choosing institution. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might change one's decision on where to go to college. At authority.org, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which jazz school is home to the top college campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university boasts the best campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more so we can compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life and our selection for the university with the best student life for jazz is University of Miami. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If price is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about Oberlin College. Oberlin College appears to be our most expensive university for jazz, at least for out of state students. We do have an entire list of the most expensive schools that might put the expense of Oberlin College into perspective. For more context, you might care to know that jazz is the 92nd most expensive degree in the US, with an average expense of $40,200. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for jazz in the nation is Ohio with costs at the main school, Oberlin College, of $55,976. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for jazz is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for jazz is the Southwest region which is represented by University of North Texas with a cost of $18,423. In better news, the most affordable school for jazz is Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Our entire list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $11,400 for a degree in jazz. The price inflates by a lot to an average of $24,300 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the university constituting the best value for jazz: University of Rochester. On this page you can find our comprehensive list on the schools we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for jazz majors vary a lot, but within two-years of finishing the degree graduates will typically earn in the neighborhood of $52,800. While there is a lot of variation in earnings; highest paid earners can rake in up to $104,800. Even straight out of college, the minimum earning jobs within the jazz field earn $26,900, which is an alright wage. The top earning grads from jazz graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of jazz sits solid, coming in the 63rd percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for jazz is The New School and here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Jazz sits only in the 64th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 75th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion, 51%, of those studying jazz. Additionally, 86% of undergraduates seeking a jazz degree are men.

The median rating for jazz professors is 3.8 stars, which is 5% less than the average across every major; this is a subpar score. If you are interested in the most popular jazz professor in the country, look no further than Bill Scism at Berklee College of Music. This might be shocking, but the best rated jazz professors according to students are found at Berklee College of Music. As we including data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school with the best professors for jazz is University of Miami. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the best professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for jazz is California Institute of the Arts. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have an extensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering university with context primarily derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We at Authority hope you read our more nuanced pages on different topics and explore a couple of our helpful background pages on important details to look out for as you continue your university search.

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The New England Conservatory of Music

#1 Best Colleges for Jazz

The New England Conservatory of Music is a very small private art school located in Boston, MA ranked 179th in the nation. It has a total of 479 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 36.94% acceptance rate. The New England Conservatory of Music offers 36 different majors and is best known for its Music, Stringed Instruments, and Jazz programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $49,580 per year, The New England Conservatory of Music is very expensive. 69.81% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take in around $32,100 per year, which is 23% less than the national median.

Boston, MA

https://necmusic.edu

A

Rating

37%

Acceptance

876

Students

#179

Ranking

$49,580

Tuition

University of Rochester

#2 Best Colleges for Jazz

University of Rochester is a large private university located in Rochester, NY ranked 51st in the United States. It has a total of 7,308 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.71% acceptance rate. University of Rochester offers 277 different majors and is best known for its Computational Science, Music Performance, and Jazz programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,040 per year, University of Rochester is extremely expensive. 79.93% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to bring in roughly $61,200 per year, which is 47% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

https://www.rochester.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

13,269

Students

#51

Ranking

$55,040

Tuition

The New School

#3 Best Colleges for Jazz

The New School is a large private university located in New York, NY ranked 180th in the nation. It has a total of 9,104 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.34% acceptance rate. The New School offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Fine and Studio Arts Management, Fashion Design, and Web Design programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,778 per year, The New School is very high-priced. 60.27% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to generate approximately $44,500 per year, which is 7% over the national median.

New York, NY

https://www.newschool.edu/

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

12,497

Students

#180

Ranking

$49,778

Tuition

University of Miami

#4 Best Colleges for Jazz

University of Miami is a large private university located in Coral Gables, FL ranked 59th in the United States. It has a total of 12,351 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 27.13% acceptance rate. University of Miami offers 309 different majors and is best known for its Information Technology Administration and Management, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, and Broadcast Journalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,400 per year, University of Miami is exceptionally costly. 74.98% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn about $60,100 per year, which is 45% above the national median.

Coral Gables, FL

www.miami.edu/

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

19,618

Students

#59

Ranking

$50,400

Tuition

Manhattan School of Music

#5 Best Colleges for Jazz

Manhattan School of Music is a small private art school located in New York, NY ranked 224th in the US. It has a total of 520 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 35.54% of applicants. Manhattan School of Music offers 60 different majors and is best known for its Keyboard Instruments, Voice and Opera, and Music programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,280 per year, Manhattan School of Music is very high-priced. 58.69% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $32,300 per year, which is 22% under the national median.

New York, NY

www.msmnyc.edu

A-

Rating

36%

Acceptance

1,019

Students

#224

Ranking

$48,280

Tuition

University of North Texas

#6 Best Colleges for Jazz

University of North Texas is a very large public university located in Denton, TX ranked 24th in Texas. It has a total of 35,111 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 73.61% acceptance rate. University of North Texas offers 243 different majors and is best known for its General Studies, Jazz, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,295 for students from Texas and $18,423 for those from out-of-state, University of North Texas is reasonably priced. 55.16% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in near $45,000 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Denton, TX

www.unt.edu

C+

Rating

74%

Acceptance

43,963

Students

#668

Ranking

$18,423

Tuition

Oberlin College

#7 Best Colleges for Jazz

Oberlin College is a small private liberal arts college located in Oberlin, OH ranked 111th in America. It has a total of 2,911 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting a smidgeon below 3 out of 8 applicants. Oberlin College offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Music Performance, Jazz, and East Asian Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,976 per year, Oberlin College is exceptionally expensive. 78.88% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $40,800 per year, which is 2% less than the national median.

Oberlin, OH

www.oberlin.edu

A

Rating

36%

Acceptance

2,939

Students

#111

Ranking

$55,976

Tuition

California Institute of the Arts

#8 Best Colleges for Jazz

California Institute of the Arts is a small private art school located in Valencia, CA ranked 181st in the nation. It has a total of 1,111 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 25.28% acceptance rate. California Institute of the Arts offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,850 per year, California Institute of the Arts is very high-priced. 63.73% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in roughly $37,900 per year, which is 9% under the national median.

Valencia, CA

www.calarts.edu

A

Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,618

Students

#181

Ranking

$50,850

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#9 Best Colleges for Jazz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

Michigan State University

#10 Best Colleges for Jazz

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

Temple University

#11 Best Colleges for Jazz

Temple University is a very large public university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 253rd in America. It has a total of 31,632 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about three out of every five applicants. Temple University offers 493 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Communication, Recreational Therapy, and Social Studies Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $16,080 for students from Pennsylvania and $28,992 for those from out-of-state, Temple University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 69.66% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in around $50,500 per year, which is 22% over the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.temple.edu

A-

Rating

60%

Acceptance

43,154

Students

#253

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

SUNY at Purchase College

#12 Best Colleges for Jazz

SUNY at Purchase College is a small public college located in Purchase, NY ranked 66th in New York. It has a total of 4,647 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.51% acceptance rate. SUNY at Purchase College offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Fine and Studio Arts Management, Playwriting and Screenwriting, and Literature programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for students from New York and $16,980 for those from out-of-state, SUNY at Purchase College is moderately priced. 67.84% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate around $35,200 per year, which is 15% under the national median.

Purchase, NY

www.purchase.edu

B

Rating

52%

Acceptance

4,753

Students

#472

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

DePaul University

#13 Best Colleges for Jazz

DePaul University is a very large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 13th in Illinois. It has a total of 16,625 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.22% of applicants. DePaul University offers 263 different majors and is best known for its General Studies, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,551 per year, DePaul University is quite expensive. 65.8% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $53,300 per year, which is 28% greater than the national median.

Chicago, IL

https://www.depaul.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

26,721

Students

#314

Ranking

$40,551

Tuition

Elmhurst College

#14 Best Colleges for Jazz

Elmhurst College is a small private college located in Elmhurst, IL ranked 24th in Illinois. It has a total of 3,126 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.78% acceptance rate. Elmhurst College offers 106 different majors and is best known for its Multicultural and Diversity Studies, Jazz, and Music Management programs (nationally ranked 4th, 14th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $37,454 per year, Elmhurst College is quite expensive. 62.22% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $48,300 per year, which is 16% over the national median.

Elmhurst, IL

www.elmhurst.edu

B-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

3,845

Students

#607

Ranking

$37,454

Tuition

University of Missouri-Kansas City

#15 Best Colleges for Jazz

University of Missouri-Kansas City is a large public university located in Kansas City, MO ranked 13th in Missouri. It has a total of 13,235 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.3% acceptance rate. University of Missouri-Kansas City offers 146 different majors and is best known for its Music Theory and Composition, Jazz, and Dental Hygiene programs (nationally ranked 10th, 15th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,392 for students from Missouri and $23,080 for those from out-of-state, University of Missouri-Kansas City is somewhat moderately pricey. 46.73% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home near $45,700 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Kansas City, MO

https://www.umkc.edu/

C+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

19,166

Students

#719

Ranking

$23,080

Tuition

Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

#16 Best Colleges for Jazz

Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico is a very small public art school located in San Juan, PR ranked 14th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 393 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about two thirds of applicants. Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico offers 24 different majors and is best known for its Stringed Instruments, Jazz, and Voice and Opera programs (nationally ranked 9th, 16th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $2,520 for students from Puerto Rico and $3,000 for those from out-of-state, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico is quite inexpensive. 41.93% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw near $15,100 per year, which is 64% under the national median.

San Juan, PR

cmpr.edu/

C

Rating

65%

Acceptance

423

Students

#1525

Ranking

$3,000

Tuition