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How Well Is Berklee College of Music Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Berklee College of Music was awarded 30 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Berklee College of Music as #517 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Berklee College of Music also holds the #37 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Berklee College of Music?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Berklee College of Music is a competitive 53%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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Berklee College of Music Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Berklee College of Music it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Berklee College of Music is 39%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  39 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Berklee College of Music

Freshmen Retention Rate

Berklee College of Music has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Berklee College of Music for first-time, full-time students is 47%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Berklee College of Music

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,400 undergraduates at Berklee College of Music with 4,962 being full-time and 1,438 being part-time.

Berklee College of Music Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 98.29 out of 100, Berklee College of Music is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.29 out of 100
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How Much Does Berklee College of Music Cost?

The overall average net price of Berklee College of Music is $48,425. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Berklee College of Music

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$43,518 $41,505 $48,020 $50,474 $51,463

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Berklee College of Music, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Berklee College of Music, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $12,820 a year. That adds up to $51,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Berklee College of Music is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Berklee College of Music Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music make about $30,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 24% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Berklee College of Music

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee College of Music is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Berklee College of Music

Contact details for Berklee College of Music are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-747-2222

Berklee College of Music Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 8 majors graduated from Berklee College of Music. Of these students, 1,439 received undergraduate degrees and 258 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Music 623 $20,100
Computer Software & Applications 348 NA
Arts & Media Management 163 $30,100
Engineering Technology (Other) 151 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 64 NA
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 43 NA
Dance 35 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 NA

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Online Learning at Berklee College of Music

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,582 students took at least one online class at Berklee College of Music. This is an increase from the 1,371 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,582 1,297
2016-2017 1,371 1,168
2015-2016 1,192 943
2014-2015 783 619
2013-2014 253 253

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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