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2022 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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4,280

Graduates Per Year

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$54K

Average Salary

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#93

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

4,280

30% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

433

126% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

92

Applied Mathematics

4,288

93

Music Performance

4,280

94

Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences

4,135

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$40,594

27% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

86

Business

$40,735

87

Music Performance

$40,594

88

Science, Technology and Society

$40,481

Salary

Low Salary

$26,368

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

350

Keyboard Instruments

$26,368

351

Music Performance

$26,368

352

Jazz

$26,368

Professors

Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

71

Creative Writing

72

Music Performance

73

Ecology

Students

Diverse

4/5

10.53% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

127

Behavioral Sciences

128

Music Performance

129

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SUMMARY

A degree in Music Performance is not only a valuable choice, but often a needed first step for students aspiring to enter a career as a concert piano player, a concert cello player, or a concert oboe player. Interestingly, music performance is fairly common ranking as the 93rd most popular major. Last year, there were 4,280 music performance graduates. In-state tuition for music performance at private colleges is, on average, 4.2 times more expensive than their public fellows.

There are 433 colleges which offer music performance. 433 colleges is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other music performance undergrads, look at schools in California which have more students admitted to music performance than any other state. More generally, the top region to pursue music performance is in the Southeast region with George Mason University, James Madison University, and Virginia Commonwealth University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to study music performance is the Big Ten Conference with Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best school for music performance is Johns Hopkins University. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The 'best' school does not mean it is the best school for you. There are lots more factors to think about when deciding on ​university. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would refashion one's decision on where to go to school. At Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which music performance school has the top college campus, the winner is New York University. If you are primarily interested in which school is home to the finest campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life and, from that list, our choice for the college with the best student life for music performance is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Many of our picks will probably shock you.

If cost is a primary factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California is our most expensive school for music performance, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have a page for the most expensive schools that might put the cost of University of Southern California into perspective. For more context, you might be interested to know that music performance is the 87th most expensive program in America, with an average bill of $40,600. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for music performance in the nation is South Carolina demonstrated by a tuition of $50,464 at Furman University. Even more broadly, the most costly region of the U.S. for music performance is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Berklee College of Music with a cost of $44,360, Boston University with a cost of $54,720, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a cost of $35,112.

Our cheapest region for music performance is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. On the bright side, the most affordable university for music performance is Florida State University. Our full list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $9,700 for a degree in music performance. That price balloons significantly to a median of $23,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the school with the best value for music performance: Johns Hopkins University. On this page you will see our comprehensive list on the colleges we see as being the best value in general. That being said, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for music performance students vary widely, but two years after completing the major students will regularly make around $53,800. While there can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can rake in up to $105,100. Straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the music performance field make $28,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads from music performance studied at Carnegie Mellon University and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of music performance is on the higher end, falling within the 68th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the most composite diversity for music performance is Carnegie Mellon University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Music Performance is only in the 69th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 61st percentile. White students compose the largest share, 57%, of students studying music performance. Additionally, 51% of scholars pursuing a music performance degree are men.

The median ranking of music performance professors is 4.3 stars, a score that is 8% above the average for every major; which is a fairly good score. If you are curious about the most popular music performance instructor nationally, take a look at Joseph Taylor from James Madison University. It may be a shock, but the top ranked music performance instructors according to students come from Berklee College of Music. If we including information beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the best professors for music performance is Johns Hopkins University. You can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest examples of professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for music performance is Northwestern University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we hope you understand that considering academics from examples primarily derived from superlatives might cause issues. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different schools and explore some of our background articles on essential details to think about as your university search continues.

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Berklee College of Music

#1 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Berklee College of Music is a mid-sized private art school located in Boston, MA ranked 36th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 7,389 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.44% of applicants. Berklee College of Music offers 32 different majors and is best known for its Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, and Music Therapy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $44,360 per year, Berklee College of Music is rather pricey. 44.37% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $30,300 per year, which is 27% under the national median.

Boston, MA

www.berklee.edu

B

Rating

51%

Acceptance

8,031

Students

#439

Ranking

$44,360

Tuition

University of Rochester

#2 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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

Johns Hopkins University

#3 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Johns Hopkins University is a very large private university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 7th in the United States. It has a total of 8,185 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting more or less one in every ten applicants. Johns Hopkins University offers 362 different majors and is best known for its Public Health, Neuroscience, and Biophysics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,350 per year, Johns Hopkins University is very expensive. 83.58% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $73,200 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.jhu.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

33,543

Students

#7

Ranking

$55,350

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#4 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

Indiana University-Bloomington

#5 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Indiana University-Bloomington is a very large public university located in Bloomington, IN ranked 280th in the US. It has a total of 34,843 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 77.91% acceptance rate. Indiana University-Bloomington offers 336 different majors and is best known for its Business, Public Administration, and Informatics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,575 for students from Indiana and $35,140 for those from out-of-state, Indiana University-Bloomington is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.07% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home around $47,700 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Bloomington, IN

www.indiana.edu/

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

46,423

Students

#280

Ranking

$35,140

Tuition

Oberlin College

#6 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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

New York University

#7 Best Colleges for Music Performance

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Boston University

#8 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

Northwestern University

#9 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Northwestern University is a very large private university located in Evanston, IL ranked 18th in the US. It has a total of 9,906 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 9.05% of applicants. Northwestern University offers 406 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Journalism, and Drama programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,232 per year, Northwestern University is exceptionally expensive. 76.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate roughly $69,000 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

#18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#10 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

University of Southern California

#11 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

University of North Texas

#12 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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

University of Miami

#13 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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

Florida State University

#14 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Florida State University is a very large public university located in Tallahassee, FL ranked 148th in the nation. It has a total of 36,720 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 35.97% of applicants. Florida State University offers 272 different majors and is best known for its English Language and Literature, Real Estate, and Insurance programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,022 for students from Florida and $16,540 for those from out-of-state, Florida State University is moderately priced. 73.69% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to draw around $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Tallahassee, FL

www.fsu.edu

A

Rating

36%

Acceptance

46,825

Students

#148

Ranking

$16,540

Tuition

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

#15 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a very large public university located in New Brunswick, NJ ranked 144th in the US. It has a total of 40,836 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.22% of applicants. Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers 374 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Social Work, and Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,230 for in-state students and $29,012 for those from out-of-state, Rutgers University-New Brunswick is somewhat moderately expensive. 72.03% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $57,900 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

New Brunswick, NJ

https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu

A

Rating

61%

Acceptance

57,162

Students

#144

Ranking

$29,012

Tuition

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

#16 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a small public art school located in Winston Salem, NC ranked 210th in the nation. It has a total of 904 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 28.91% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina School of the Arts offers 10 different majors and is best known for its Theatre Design and Technology, Dance, and Cinematography programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,497 for students from North Carolina and $23,040 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina School of the Arts is reasonably costly. 69.27% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home around $35,500 per year, which is 15% less than the national median.

Winston Salem, NC

www.uncsa.edu/

A

Rating

29%

Acceptance

1,057

Students

#210

Ranking

$23,040

Tuition

California State University-Long Beach

#17 Best Colleges for Music Performance

California State University-Long Beach is a very large public college located in Long Beach, CA ranked 240th in the United States. It has a total of 34,674 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 39.27% acceptance rate. California State University-Long Beach offers 180 different majors and is best known for its Human Sciences, Health and Fitness, and Computer Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Long Beach is reasonably priced. 73.68% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $48,100 per year, which is 16% over the national median.

Long Beach, CA

www.csulb.edu

A-

Rating

39%

Acceptance

41,344

Students

#240

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Michigan State University

#18 Best Colleges for Music Performance

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

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#19 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in Chapel Hill, NC ranked 64th in the nation. It has a total of 19,957 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.63% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,019 for students from North Carolina and $34,198 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is somewhat moderately costly. 84.25% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $55,600 per year, which is 34% above the national median.

Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

#64

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

Lawrence University

#20 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Lawrence University is a small private liberal arts college located in Appleton, WI ranked 189th in America. It has a total of 1,474 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely shy of 5/8 of applicants. Lawrence University offers 40 different majors and is best known for its Russian Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Music Performance programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 13th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,822 per year, Lawrence University is exceptionally expensive. 69.29% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $44,100 per year, which is 6% greater than the national median.

Appleton, WI

www.lawrence.edu

A

Rating

62%

Acceptance

1,474

Students

#189

Ranking

$48,822

Tuition

The University of Texas at Austin

#21 Best Colleges for Music Performance

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

University of Colorado Boulder

#22 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of Colorado Boulder is a very large public university located in Boulder, CO ranked 269th in the nation. It has a total of 33,059 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon greater than 7 out of 9 applicants. University of Colorado Boulder offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Physiology, Environmental Design, and Astronomy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,728 for in-state students and $36,546 for those from out-of-state, University of Colorado Boulder is rather expensive. 60.59% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $50,800 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Boulder, CO

www.colorado.edu

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

40,353

Students

#269

Ranking

$36,546

Tuition

University of Maryland-College Park

#23 Best Colleges for Music Performance

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Southern Methodist University

#24 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Southern Methodist University is a large private university located in Dallas, TX ranked 95th in the United States. It has a total of 6,947 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.29% of applicants. Southern Methodist University offers 217 different majors and is best known for its Office Management and Supervision, Fitness Administration, and Real Estate programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 9th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,200 per year, Southern Methodist University is exceptionally expensive. 70.9% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $60,700 per year, which is 46% greater than the national median.

Dallas, TX

www.smu.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

12,825

Students

#95

Ranking

$50,200

Tuition

Baylor University

#25 Best Colleges for Music Performance

Baylor University is a large private university located in Waco, TX ranked 140th in the nation. It has a total of 14,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.33% acceptance rate. Baylor University offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Religious Music, Entrepreneurship, and Management Information Systems programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $42,842 per year, Baylor University is rather expensive. 71.81% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home near $51,600 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Waco, TX

www.baylor.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

18,956

Students

#140

Ranking

$42,842

Tuition