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2023 Best Colleges for Music

There are about 81,395 students enrolled in Music in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

29,103

Vs. National Avg.

84%

popularity Rank

#47

cost

Somewhat Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$26K

Vs. National Avg.

7%

cost Rank

#229

salary

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$40K

Vs. National Avg.

-0%

salary Rank

#271

professors

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

1%

professors Rank

#240

students

Below Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

2%

students Rank

#215

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Music is a valuable choice and ordinarily a requisite first step for undergrads endeavoring to pursue a career as a folk musician, a rap musician, or a metal musician. Interestingly, music is a fairly common choice ranking as the 33rd most popular area of study. Last year, there were 15,747 music diplomas received. In-state tuition for music at private colleges is, on average, 4.1 times more pricey than their public counterparts.

With a staggering 1086 universities having programs for this degree odds are that any schools you are interested in will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other music undergraduates, consider colleges in California which have the most undergrads admitted to music annually. Zooming out, the best region to get a degree in music is in the Southeast region with Florida State University, Full Sail University, and Belmont University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study music is the Big Ten Conference with Northwestern University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor representing the conference. On that topic, our belief is that the best college for music is Stanford University. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school does not mean it is the 'best' school for every student. There might be lots of perspectives to consider when deciding on institution. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would change your inclinations on where to go to college. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which music university boasts the top campus, the winner is Harvard University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which school boasts the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our selection of the school with the best student life for music is Cornell University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about Authority's top selections. Some of our picks will probably surprise you.

If expense is a major influence in your decision on where to go to school, you might consider avoiding Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspis the most expensive college for music, at least for out of state students. We have a list of the most expensive&nbspuniversities that might put the price tag of Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you might care to know that music is the 32nd most expensive program in America, with an average cost of $51,800. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for music nationally is District of Columbia with costs at the primary three institutions American University at $49,070, The Catholic University of America at $46,950, and tuition and fees at George Washington University of $46,950. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for music is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Amherst College with a cost of $57,640, Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for music is the Southeast region which is represented by Southern University and A & M College with a cost of $4,972, Western Carolina University with a cost of $5,000, and College of Charleston with a cost of $70. In better news, the most affordable university for music is Berklee College of Music. Our full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,900 for a degree in music. That price swells significantly to an average of $22,600 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the university representing the best value for music: Stanford University. Here you will find our comprehensive list about the colleges we believe to be the best value&nbspoverall. Bear in mind, this idea is based on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for music students can vary, but within two years graduation students will often make around $53,000. While there is much variation in salary; top positions can rake in up to $104,900. Right out of college, the minimum earning positions within the music field make $27,100, which isn't that bad. The highest earning graduates from music attended Stanford University&nbspand if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of music is pretty high, coming within the 76th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for music is Carnegie Mellon University&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Music major ranks only within the 22nd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 62nd percentile. White collegians compose the largest share at 55% of students studying music. Additionally, 53% of undergraduates pursuing a music major are men.

The median score of music's professors is 4.2 stars, a score which is 5% higher than the median across every major; which is a good score. If you want to find the most popular music professor in the nation, consider looking up Thomas Kabin at University of Arkansas. This might be shocking, but the top ranked music instructors from student rankings are at California State University-Northridge. If we including data beyond simply rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best instructors for music is Stanford University. You can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for music is Stanford University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we do hope you believe that looking at the higher education world through a lens mainly built on superlatives can cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to read our more focused pages on individual colleges and peruse some of our informative background articles on beneficial things to think about as your college search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Music

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Music

The New School

New York, NY | https://www.newschool.edu/

69%

Acceptance

12,046

Students

#261

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Chapman University

Orange, CA | https://www.chapman.edu/

58%

Acceptance

10,654

Students

#133

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Music

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN | www.depauw.edu/

68%

Acceptance

1,998

Students

#186

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA | https://drexel.edu/

77%

Acceptance

27,720

Students

#161

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Biola University

La Mirada, CA | https://www.biola.edu/

64%

Acceptance

6,748

Students

#318

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

F

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL | www.fullsail.edu/

0%

Acceptance

30,529

Students

#2283

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

A

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Furman University

Greenville, SC | www.furman.edu/

65%

Acceptance

2,919

Students

#176

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN | https://www.lipscomb.edu/

62%

Acceptance

5,876

Students

#408

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

A

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI | https://www.msu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

55,406

Students

#178

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

C−

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA | www.northwestu.edu/

93%

Acceptance

1,424

Students

#1620

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL | www.iwu.edu/

57%

Acceptance

1,643

Students

#221

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ | https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/

67%

Acceptance

56,178

Students

#152

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Music

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, CA | www.csulb.edu/

42%

Acceptance

42,378

Students

#260

Ranking

$19K

Tuition

A

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Music

DePaul University

Chicago, IL | https://www.depaul.edu/

70%

Acceptance

25,937

Students

#323

Ranking

$41K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Music

University of Mobile

Mobile, AL | www.umobile.edu/

67%

Acceptance

2,397

Students

#2107

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Music

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO | www.cofo.edu/

14%

Acceptance

1,750

Students

#162

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

A

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Baylor University

Waco, TX | www.baylor.edu/

68%

Acceptance

19,632

Students

#225

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

C

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle, WA | www.cornish.edu/

79%

Acceptance

614

Students

#1440

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, TN | https://www.trevecca.edu/

63%

Acceptance

4,847

Students

#702

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH | https://www.bw.edu/

70%

Acceptance

4,066

Students

#585

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Music

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD | www.umd.edu/

51%

Acceptance

44,404

Students

#98

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

C−

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Music

The Baptist College of Florida

Graceville, FL | www.baptistcollege.edu/

76%

Acceptance

501

Students

#1656

Ranking

$12K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Music

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK | https://utulsa.edu/

69%

Acceptance

4,546

Students

#248

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Music

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR | www.obu.edu/

62%

Acceptance

1,747

Students

#624

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

C

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Music

SUNY at Fredonia

Fredonia, NY | www.fredonia.edu/

72%

Acceptance

4,742

Students

#1377

Ranking

$18K

Tuition

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