Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

355

Graduates Per Year

$54K

Average Salary

#307

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

355

94% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

97

49% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

306

Biology Teacher Education

364

307

Voice and Opera

355

Cost

Expensive

$42,709

34% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

73

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

$42,917

74

Voice and Opera

$42,709

75

Communication and Media Studies

$41,498

Salary

Low Salary

$26,368

32% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

341

Recording Arts Technology

$26,562

342

Voice and Opera

$26,368

343

Stringed Instruments

$26,368

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TOP

5

Professors

5/5

25% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

1

Directing and Theatrical Production

2

Voice and Opera

Students

Diverse

4/5

10.01% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

131

Physiology

132

Voice and Opera

133

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Voice and Opera is not only a valuable choice, but naturally a necessary first step for scholars aspiring to pursue a career as a vocal backing artist, a concert singer, or an opera musician. Interestingly, voice and opera is an uncommon major ranking as the 307th most popular area of study. In the last year, there were 355 voice and opera graduates. In-state tuition for voice and opera at private universities is, on average, 4.4 times more expensive than their public rivals.

With just 97 institutions having programs for voice and opera there could be a smaller selection of institutions you can choose from. If you are hoping to immerse yourself with other voice and opera undergraduates, look at universities in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to voice and opera than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to get a degree in voice and opera is in the Mid East region with Rider University, The New School, and Manhattan School of Music best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study voice and opera is the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with Rider University representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best school for voice and opera is Northwestern University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall best school might not actually be the 'best' school for you. There might be lots of facets to think about when deciding on college. External stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely refashion one's thoughts on where to go to university. At authority.org, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which voice and opera school boasts the top college campus, the answer is University of Southern California. If you are mostly interested in which school boasts the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more to compare every major in the United States 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 voice and opera is University of Southern California. Are you curious why? Keep reading to find out more about Authority's top selections. Some of our picks will probably surprise you.

If cost is a significant influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California is our most expensive college for voice and opera, at least regarding out of state enrollment. That being said, we have a page for the most expensive colleges that might put the price tag of University of Southern California into perspective. You could also want to know that voice and opera is the 74th most expensive degree in America, with an average bill of $42,700. On a broader scale, the most costly state for voice and opera on our list is California with tuition and fees at the primary two institutions Chapman University and University of Southern California of $54,540 and $57,256 respectively. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for voice and opera is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for voice and opera 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 university for voice and opera is Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $10,100 for a degree in voice and opera. The price swells dramatically to an average of $20,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our choice for the university representing the best value for voice and opera: Northwestern University. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list on the schools we see as being the best value in general. With that said, this idea is based on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, 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 voice and opera majors can cover a wide range, but within two-years of leaving college students will often earn around $54,000. There is a lot of variation in pay; top positions can rake in up to $105,500. Straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the voice and opera field make $27,900, which is an alright wage. The top earning graduates from voice and opera have come from Carnegie Mellon University and if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The general diversity of voice and opera is decent, ranking within the 67th percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for voice and opera is Carnegie Mellon University and here you can find our general list for the schools with the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Voice and Opera major ranks only within the 18th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 59th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share, 57%, of scholars studying voice and opera. Additionally, 69% of undergrads pursuing a voice and opera major are women.

The median ranking of voice and opera's professors is 5 stars, which is 25% better than the average score for every major; this is an exceedingly good ranking. If you are searching for the most popular voice and opera professor in the country, consider looking up Steven Splitt at The John Marshall Law School. It may be shocking, but the top ranked voice and opera instructors by student come from The John Marshall Law School. As we incorporate data other than simply rankings we find that the school with comprehensively the best instructors for voice and opera is Northwestern University. You can find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the top examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for voice and opera is The Juilliard School. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that approaching academics with context primarily informed by superlatives might cause issues. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on different universities and read a few of our helpful background pages on essential things to look for as your school search develops.

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Manhattan School of Music

#1 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Rider University

#2 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Rider University is a small private college located in Lawrenceville, NJ ranked 11th in New Jersey. It has a total of 4,194 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 7 out of 10 applicants. Rider University offers 115 different majors and is best known for its Voice and Opera, Music History, Literature, and Theory, and Biopsychology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 5th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,720 per year, Rider University is rather expensive. 64.56% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to generate more or less $50,600 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Lawrenceville, NJ

www.rider.edu

B+

Rating

71%

Acceptance

5,422

Students

#381

Ranking

$43,720

Tuition

The New England Conservatory of Music

#3 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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 Southern California

#4 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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 Miami

#5 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Northwestern University

#6 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

#7 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

The Juilliard School

#8 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

The Juilliard School is a very small private art school located in New York, NY ranked 152nd in America. It has a total of 614 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.88% of applicants. The Juilliard School offers 55 different majors and is best known for its Stringed Instruments, Dance, and Keyboard Instruments programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $47,370 per year, The Juilliard School is extremely pricey. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $32,800 per year, which is 21% under the national median.

New York, NY

www.juilliard.edu/

A

Rating

7%

Acceptance

971

Students

#152

Ranking

$47,370

Tuition

The New School

#9 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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 Cincinnati-Main Campus

#10 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Cincinnati, OH ranked 25th in Ohio. It has a total of 30,173 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely under seven ninths of applicants. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers 459 different majors and is best known for its Respiratory Care Therapy, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,982 for in-state students and $25,316 for those from out-of-state, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is reasonably high-priced. 48.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $42,300 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Cincinnati, OH

www.uc.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

43,692

Students

#661

Ranking

$25,316

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#11 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Chapman University

#12 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Chapman University is a mid-sized private institution located in Orange, CA ranked 131st in the nation. It has a total of 7,626 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 55.65% of applicants. Chapman University offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Playwriting and Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Broadcast Journalism programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,540 per year, Chapman University is very high-priced. 69.79% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to generate more or less $54,500 per year, which is 31% above the national median.

Orange, CA

https://www.chapman.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

10,286

Students

#131

Ranking

$54,540

Tuition

University of Tulsa

#13 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

University of Tulsa is a small private university located in Tulsa, OK ranked 143rd in the US. It has a total of 3,535 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 35.84% of applicants. University of Tulsa offers 160 different majors and is best known for its Environmental Control Technologies, Petroleum Engineering, and Voice and Opera programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,698 per year, University of Tulsa is rather expensive. 57.93% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make around $48,500 per year, which is 17% greater than the national median.

Tulsa, OK

https://utulsa.edu

A

Rating

36%

Acceptance

4,799

Students

#143

Ranking

$41,698

Tuition

Brigham Young University-Provo

#14 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Brigham Young University-Provo is a very large private university located in Provo, UT ranked 233rd in the nation. It has a total of 35,951 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.49% acceptance rate. Brigham Young University-Provo offers 310 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Portuguese Language and Literature, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,790 per year, Brigham Young University-Provo is very inexpensive. 66.32% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $59,700 per year, which is 44% over the national median.

Provo, UT

www.byu.edu

A-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

39,233

Students

#233

Ranking

$5,790

Tuition

SUNY at Purchase College

#15 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Baldwin Wallace University

#16 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Baldwin Wallace University is a small private institution located in Berea, OH ranked 21st in Ohio. It has a total of 3,370 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 72.69% acceptance rate. Baldwin Wallace University offers 100 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, Fine and Studio Arts Management, and Voice and Opera programs (nationally ranked 8th, 11th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,530 per year, Baldwin Wallace University is somewhat moderately costly. 67.79% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn near $44,400 per year, which is 7% greater than the national median.

Berea, OH

https://www.bw.edu

B-

Rating

73%

Acceptance

4,390

Students

#621

Ranking

$33,530

Tuition

Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

#17 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Western Michigan University

#18 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

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

Central Washington University

#19 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Central Washington University is a large public college located in Ellensburg, WA ranked 18th in Washington. It has a total of 16,355 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.92% of applicants. Central Washington University offers 302 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Nursing Studies, Retailing and Retail Operations, and Environmental Control Technologies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 5th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,318 for in-state students and $21,999 for those from out-of-state, Central Washington University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.1% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in close to $46,500 per year, which is 12% greater than the national median.

Ellensburg, WA

www.cwu.edu

C+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

17,678

Students

#908

Ranking

$21,999

Tuition

Liberty University

#20 Best Colleges for Voice and Opera

Liberty University is a very large private institution located in Lynchburg, VA ranked 32nd in Virginia. It has a total of 60,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.06% of applicants. Liberty University offers 229 different majors and is best known for its Music Pedagogy, Religious Music, and Music History, Literature, and Theory programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,361 per year, Liberty University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 29.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $36,700 per year, which is 12% less than the national median.

Lynchburg, VA

www.liberty.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

111,084

Students

#1009

Ranking

$21,361

Tuition