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2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

There are about 1,090 students enrolled in Stringed Instruments in the USA.

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popularity

Not Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

539

Vs. National Avg.

-97%

popularity Rank

#332

cost

Very Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$42K

Vs. National Avg.

72%

cost Rank

#18

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$48K

Vs. National Avg.

19%

salary Rank

#91

professors

Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

10%

professors Rank

#144

students

Very Diverse

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B

Vs. National Avg.

27%

students Rank

#1

SUMMARY

Majoring in Stringed Instruments is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a necessary first step for undergraduates endeavoring to enter a career as an orchestral cello player, a classical composer, or a baroque orchestra conductor. In fact, stringed instruments is a ​unique major ranking as the 353rd most popular major. Last academic year, there were 188 stringed instruments degrees conferred. In-state tuition for stringed instruments at private colleges is, on average, 13.2 times more expensive than their public peers.

With just 30 institutions having programs for stringed instruments you could have limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other stringed instruments majors, consider universities in New York which have the most undergrads admitted to stringed instruments annually. More generally, the top region to study stringed instruments is in the Mid East region with The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in stringed instruments is the Southeastern Conference with Vanderbilt University representing the conference. Based on our list of the best colleges, our selection for the best college for stringed instruments is Vanderbilt University.

The overall 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for every student. There might be lots more angels to consider when selecting college. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely impact one's thoughts on which university to attend. Here at authority.org, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are interested in which stringed instruments college is home to the top campus, the answer is University of Southern California. If you are very interested in which university boasts the top campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our pick of the school with the best student life for stringed instruments is Vanderbilt University. Are you curious why? Keep reading to learn more about Authority's top choices. Some of our conclusions just might surprise you.

If expense is a significant factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspis our most expensive college for stringed instruments, at least for out of state attendance. We do have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspschools that could put the price tag at University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you may want to know that stringed instruments is the 53rd most expensive major in the US, with an average associated cost of $48,300. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for stringed instruments in the nation is California with costs at the main institution, University of Southern California, of $57,256. Even more broadly, the most costly region for stringed instruments is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for stringed instruments is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. In better news, the most affordable college for stringed instruments is Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying about $3,400 for a degree in stringed instruments. That price inflates substantially to an average of $3,900 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the university representing the best value for stringed instruments: Northwestern University. On this page you can find our comprehensive list for the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Bear in mind, this discussion is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition 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 stringed instruments majors can cover a wide range, but within two-years of leaving college students will often make around $53,800. There can be a lot of variation in salary; top earners can make up to $104,600. Straight out of college, the lowest earning positions within the stringed instruments field make $28,000, which is an alright wage. The highest earning graduates for stringed instruments come from Northwestern University&nbspand if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of stringed instruments sits very highly, falling within the 96th percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for stringed instruments is Vanderbilt University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the universities with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Stringed Instruments major sits only within the 23rd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 88th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion, 46%, of scholars studying stringed instruments. Additionally, 54% of undergrads pursuing a stringed instruments degree are men.

The median score of stringed instruments professors is 4.2 stars, a ranking that is 5% above the median for every major; this is a good ranking. If you are curious about the most popular stringed instruments instructor nationally, look no further than G. Andrew Maness from Berklee College of Music. It may surprise you, but the highest rated stringed instruments instructors by student are found at Berklee College of Music. As we including data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the overall best instructors for stringed instruments is Northwestern University. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the best professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for stringed instruments is The Juilliard School. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you understand that looking at the education process from examples primarily informed by superlatives could cause problems. We at Authority encourage you to explore our other pages on different colleges and read some of our helpful background pages on beneficial things to consider as you progress with your school search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA | www.whitman.edu/

54%

Acceptance

1,677

Students

#137

Ranking

$50K

Tuition

F

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, PA | www.curtis.edu/

2%

Acceptance

173

Students

#3716

Ranking

$3K

Tuition

A

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

The Juilliard School

New York, NY | www.juilliard.edu/

8%

Acceptance

979

Students

#171

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, OH | www.cim.edu/

34%

Acceptance

381

Students

#189

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA | www.berklee.edu/

52%

Acceptance

8,191

Students

#404

Ranking

$46K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, CA | https://sfcm.edu/

46%

Acceptance

445

Students

#145

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Boston University

Boston, MA | www.bu.edu/

20%

Acceptance

42,047

Students

#35

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, MA | https://necmusic.edu/

36%

Acceptance

883

Students

#182

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY | https://www.rochester.edu/

35%

Acceptance

14,171

Students

#53

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Manhattan School of Music

New York, NY | www.msmnyc.edu/

42%

Acceptance

1,049

Students

#210

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL | www.miami.edu/

33%

Acceptance

19,971

Students

#73

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston Salem, NC | www.uncsa.edu/

36%

Acceptance

1,102

Students

#228

Ranking

$26K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Brookdale Community College

Lincroft, NJ | https://www.brookdalecc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

16,439

Students

#2239

Ranking

$10K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

University of Northwestern-St Paul

Saint Paul, MN | https://www.unwsp.edu/

92%

Acceptance

3,995

Students

#1178

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

F

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA | www.mi.edu/

68%

Acceptance

1,516

Students

#2568

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Stringed Instruments

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA | https://www.calarts.edu/

27%

Acceptance

1,558

Students

#240

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

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