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2022 Best Colleges for Music Technology

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617

Graduates Per Year

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$53K

Average Salary

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#254

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

617

90% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

62

68% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

253

Fine and Studio Arts Management

628

254

Music Technology

617

255

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

609

Cost

Affordable

$21,125

34% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

329

Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology

$21,367

330

Music Technology

$21,125

331

Missionary Studies

$21,120

Salary

Low Salary

$26,368

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

346

Music History, Literature, and Theory

$26,368

347

Music Technology

$26,368

348

Music

$26,368

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

121

Speech-Language Pathology

122

Music Technology

123

Christian Studies

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.5/5

3.18% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

252

Legal Support Services

253

Music Technology

254

Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

SUMMARY

Studying Music Technology is not only a valuable choice, but usually a mandatory first step for undergrads wanting to begin a career as a sound engineer, a musical software developer, or a festival sound director. In fact, music technology is a ​unique degree ranking as the 254th most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 617 music technology degrees conferred. In-state tuition for music technology at private universities is, on average, 3.8 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

With just 62 colleges offering music technology you may have limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other music technology undergrads, consider institutions in Florida which have the most students admitted to music technology annually. Zooming out, the best region to study music technology is in the Southeast region with Full Sail University, University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Middle Tennessee State University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the top conference to major in music technology is the New Jersey Athletic Conference with Rowan University representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best university for music technology is New York University. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The 'best' school does not have to be the best school for every student. There are many more angels to weigh when deciding on school. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely sway your choice on where to go to school. At Authority, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are intrigued by which music technology university is home to the top campus, the answer is New York University. If, for example, you are very interested in which university has the finest campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more so we can compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and our choice of the school with the best student life for music technology is New York University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If expense is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might be cautious about Stevens Institute of Technology. Stevens Institute of Technology is our most expensive school for music technology, at least for out of state enrollment. We do have a list of the most expensive colleges that might put the cost at Stevens Institute of Technology into perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that music technology is the 330th most expensive major in America, with an average associated cost of $21,100. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for music technology nationally is New Jersey at Rowan University and Stevens Institute of Technology, the main schools in the state, of $18,908 and $52,134. To zoom out even further, the most costly region of the country for music technology is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with California Lutheran University with a cost of $43,900, and Cogswell College with a cost of $19,800.

Our cheapest region for music technology is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. In better news, the most affordable college for music technology is California University of Pennsylvania. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,800 for a degree in music technology. That price grows substantially to a median of $21,300 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our choice for the school constituting the best value for music technology: Stevens Institute of Technology. Here you will find our comprehensive list for the schools we see as being the best value in general. That being said, this discussion 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 as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for music technology students can differ, but within two-years of graduation graduates will regularly earn around $52,900. While there can be much variation in salary; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $105,400. Even straight out of college, the lowest earning opportunities within the music technology space make $27,000, which is an alright wage. The top earning graduates for music technology studied at Stevens Institute of Technology and if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The general diversity of music technology lies subpar, falling within the 36th percentile of all majors. The school with the most composite diversity for music technology is New York University and here you can find our general list of the schools which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Music Technology major ranks only within the 75th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 42nd percentile. White collegians compose the largest share, 65%, of scholars majoring in music technology. Additionally, 81% of scholars pursuing a music technology degree are men.

The median rating of music technology professors is 4.2 stars, a rating that is 5% better than the average across every major; this is a good score. If you are looking for the most popular music technology instructor in the nation, consider looking up Mitch Benoff at Berklee College of Music. This might be surprising, but the highest rated instructors of music technology according to students are found at Berklee College of Music. If we consider data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the school with comprehensively the best professors for music technology is New York University. One will find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the best examples of professors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for music technology is New York University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a detailed page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that approaching the education process with a lens mainly formed from superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority hope you look at some of our more nuanced pages on different universities and peruse a couple of Authority's background articles on important things to think about as you continue your university search.

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New York University

#1 Best Colleges for Music Technology

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

Stevens Institute of Technology

#2 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a mid-sized private university located in Hoboken, NJ ranked 65th in the nation. It has a total of 3,462 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 39.96% of applicants. Stevens Institute of Technology offers 133 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering, Financial Mathematics, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,134 per year, Stevens Institute of Technology is extremely pricey. 77.16% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make near $89,200 per year, which is 115% over the national median.

Hoboken, NJ

www.stevens.edu

A+

Rating

40%

Acceptance

7,990

Students

#65

Ranking

$52,134

Tuition

California Lutheran University

#3 Best Colleges for Music Technology

California Lutheran University is a small private institution located in Thousand Oaks, CA ranked 291st in the United States. It has a total of 3,409 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.42% of applicants. California Lutheran University offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology, Organizational Leadership, and Management Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 21st, and 27th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,900 per year, California Lutheran University is quite pricey. 66.29% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in roughly $54,200 per year, which is 30% over the national median.

Thousand Oaks, CA

www.callutheran.edu/

A-

Rating

71%

Acceptance

5,145

Students

#291

Ranking

$43,900

Tuition

University of St Francis

#4 Best Colleges for Music Technology

University of St Francis is a small private institution located in Joliet, IL ranked 299th in the United States. It has a total of 1,858 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.62% of applicants. University of St Francis offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology, Radiography, and Health Care Administration programs (nationally ranked 4th, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,000 per year, University of St Francis is somewhat moderately high-priced. 64.03% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $53,100 per year, which is 28% above the national median.

Joliet, IL

https://www.stfrancis.edu/

A-

Rating

46%

Acceptance

6,698

Students

#299

Ranking

$34,000

Tuition

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

#5 Best Colleges for Music Technology

University of Maryland-Baltimore County is a large public university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 8th in Maryland. It has a total of 12,758 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 3/5 of applicants. University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers 168 different majors and is best known for its Information Science, Emergency Medical Technology, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,704 for in-state students and $24,338 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-Baltimore County is somewhat moderately high-priced. 55.15% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home around $55,000 per year, which is 32% above the national median.

Baltimore, MD

umbc.edu

B+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

15,726

Students

#331

Ranking

$24,338

Tuition

Rowan University

#6 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Rowan University is a large public institution located in Glassboro, NJ ranked 14th in New Jersey. It has a total of 18,659 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.34% of applicants. Rowan University offers 127 different majors and is best known for its Music Teacher Education, Behavioral Sciences, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,076 for in-state students and $18,908 for those from out-of-state, Rowan University is reasonably priced. 65.13% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate close to $50,000 per year, which is 20% over the national median.

Glassboro, NJ

https://www.rowan.edu

B-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

23,011

Students

#554

Ranking

$18,908

Tuition

Lebanon Valley College

#7 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Lebanon Valley College is a small private institution located in Annville, PA ranked 37th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 1,821 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting virtually 4/5 of applicants. Lebanon Valley College offers 54 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology, Actuarial Science, and Special Education and Teaching programs (nationally ranked 7th, 18th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,650 per year, Lebanon Valley College is quite pricey. 68.27% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $45,800 per year, which is 10% over the national median.

Annville, PA

www.lvc.edu

B

Rating

80%

Acceptance

2,149

Students

#496

Ranking

$43,650

Tuition

CUNY City College

#8 Best Colleges for Music Technology

CUNY City College is a large public college located in New York, NY ranked 61st in New York. It has a total of 15,238 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 46.49% acceptance rate. CUNY City College offers 217 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology and Cinematography programs, which are respectively ranked 8th and 44th in America. With an annual tuition of $6,930 for students from New York and $14,880 for those from out-of-state, CUNY City College is reasonably priced. 44.5% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $46,300 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.ccny.cuny.edu

B

Rating

46%

Acceptance

18,675

Students

#429

Ranking

$14,880

Tuition

Full Sail University

#9 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Full Sail University is a very large for-profit associates college located in Winter Park, FL ranked 95th in Florida. It has a total of 25,521 full-time undergraduate students. Full Sail University offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Sports Communication, Music Technology, and Multimedia Art programs (nationally ranked 8th, 9th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $20,667 per year, Full Sail University is reasonably high-priced. 28.69% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $39,300 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Winter Park, FL

www.fullsail.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

27,834

Students

#2099

Ranking

$20,667

Tuition

Kent State University at Stark

#10 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Kent State University at Stark is a small public associates college located in Canton, OH ranked 88th in Ohio. It has a total of 7,105 full-time undergraduate students. Kent State University at Stark offers 26 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology program, which is ranked 10th in America. With an annual tuition of $5,999 for students from Ohio and $14,875 for those from out-of-state, Kent State University at Stark is moderately priced. 40.06% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in around $38,000 per year, which is 9% less than the national median.

Canton, OH

www.kent.edu/stark

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

7,125

Students

#1910

Ranking

$14,875

Tuition

Western Michigan University

#13 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Western Michigan University is a very large public university located in Kalamazoo, MI ranked 24th in Michigan. It has a total of 19,216 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.86% acceptance rate. Western Michigan University offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Medical Informatics, Mechanic and Repair Technologies, and Family Systems programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,094 for in-state students and $15,118 for those from out-of-state, Western Michigan University is reasonably priced. 54.39% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $45,000 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Kalamazoo, MI

https://wmich.edu/

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

25,010

Students

#1027

Ranking

$15,118

Tuition

Greenville University

#14 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Greenville University is a small private institution located in Greenville, IL ranked 57th in Illinois. It has a total of 1,180 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.12% of applicants. Greenville University offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology, Digital Arts, and Music Management programs (nationally ranked 14th, 29th, and 29th respectively). With an annual tuition of $27,580 per year, Greenville University is reasonably high-priced. 24.5% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to generate approximately $36,800 per year, which is 11% less than the national median.

Greenville, IL

www.greenville.edu

C

Rating

56%

Acceptance

1,572

Students

#1330

Ranking

$27,580

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Asheville

#15 Best Colleges for Music Technology

University of North Carolina at Asheville is a small public liberal arts college located in Asheville, NC ranked 26th in North Carolina. It has a total of 4,332 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84% of applicants. University of North Carolina at Asheville offers 37 different majors and is best known for its Music Technology, Digital Arts, and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology programs (nationally ranked 15th, 27th, and 38th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,122 for in-state students and $21,470 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Asheville is somewhat moderately pricey. 61.22% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home approximately $34,500 per year, which is 17% under the national median.

Asheville, NC

https://www.unca.edu

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

4,358

Students

#1178

Ranking

$21,470

Tuition

Middle Tennessee State University

#16 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Middle Tennessee State University is a very large public university located in Murfreesboro, TN ranked 24th in Tennessee. It has a total of 22,234 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 93.71% acceptance rate. Middle Tennessee State University offers 137 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Business Teacher Education, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,200 for students from Tennessee and $25,872 for those from out-of-state, Middle Tennessee State University is somewhat moderately costly. 47.37% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate more or less $38,700 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Murfreesboro, TN

www.mtsu.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

25,239

Students

#1437

Ranking

$25,872

Tuition

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

#17 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a mid-sized public institution located in Millersville, PA ranked 99th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 7,659 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 79.27% of applicants. Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers 72 different majors and is best known for its Quality Control and Safety Technologies, Music Technology, and Industrial Production Technologies programs (nationally ranked 10th, 17th, and 26th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,570 for students from Pennsylvania and $19,290 for those from out-of-state, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is reasonably priced. 52.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $43,500 per year, which is 5% above the national median.

Millersville, PA

www.millersville.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

9,231

Students

#1151

Ranking

$19,290

Tuition

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

#18 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is a very large public university located in Indianapolis, IN ranked 29th in Indiana. It has a total of 24,439 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.73% of applicants. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis offers 302 different majors and is best known for its Labor Studies, Informatics, and Human Biology programs (nationally ranked 5th, 10th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,580 for in-state students and $29,589 for those from out-of-state, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is somewhat moderately high-priced. 41.01% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $42,500 per year, which is 2% greater than the national median.

Indianapolis, IN

www.iupui.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

34,279

Students

#1225

Ranking

$29,589

Tuition

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

#19 Best Colleges for Music Technology

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne is a small private college located in Fort Wayne, IN ranked 31st in Indiana. It has a total of 2,011 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 96.22% acceptance rate. University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Developmental and Child Psychology, Music Technology, and Health and Wellness programs (nationally ranked 13th, 19th, and 39th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,380 per year, University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.89% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make about $40,400 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Fort Wayne, IN

www.sf.edu

C

Rating

96%

Acceptance

2,692

Students

#1427

Ranking

$30,380

Tuition

Utah Valley University

#22 Best Colleges for Music Technology

Utah Valley University is a very large public institution located in Orem, UT ranked 10th in Utah. It has a total of 44,361 full-time undergraduate students. Utah Valley University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, American Sign Language, and Fire Protection programs (nationally ranked 8th, 13th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,122 for in-state students and $15,872 for those from out-of-state, Utah Valley University is moderately priced. 29.17% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in roughly $43,800 per year, which is 5% above the national median.

Orem, UT

www.uvu.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

45,080

Students

#1913

Ranking

$15,872

Tuition