2021 Best Music Colleges for Veterans in the United States

143 Colleges
15,747 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,533 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Music Schools for Vets

Best Music Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesMusic is the #34 most popular major in the country with 15,747 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Music Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 143 colleges that offer a bachelor's in music. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality music programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the music program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The music school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Music Schools for Veterans.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Music Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Music Colleges for Veterans.

Top 15% Best Music Schools for Veterans

#1

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value music schools. Located in the city of Houston, U of H is a public school with a very large student population. U of H also made our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Among the 46,324 students enrolled at U of H, 1,380 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 935 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,578. U of H does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Texas earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNT is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Denton. UNT excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

Of the 38,241 students enrolled at UNT, 1,839 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,135 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,180. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Texas Tech, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Texas Tech supports 38,209 students, and 1,148 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 662 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,852. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Edinburg, UT Rio Grande Valley is a public school with a very large student population.

Our most recent data shows that 842 of the 28,644 students enrolled at UT Rio Grande Valley were GI Bill® students, of which 422 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,470. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Utah. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City. U of U also made our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Of the 33,023 students enrolled at U of U, 988 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,580. On top of their other funding sources, 39 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. U of U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. GMU not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

Among the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU, 2,265 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,143. During this same period, 44 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 763 of the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State were GI Bill® students, of which 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,685. On top of their other funding sources, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value music schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public college with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, UNLV supports 30,457 students, and 1,576 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,048 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,443. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value music schools. Carolina is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. Carolina did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Carolina supports 34,795 students, and 1,523 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 897 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,738. During this same period, 38 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value music schools. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UT Austin, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the United States ranking.

Among the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#11

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Boston U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Boston U supports 34,657 students, and 438 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. During this same period, 48 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 32,264 students enrolled at UTSA, 3,260 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,724 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,491. UTSA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Stephen F Austin State University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public school with a large student population.

Among the 13,144 students enrolled at SFASU, 389 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 179 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,906. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

Of the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. During this same period, 4 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Chester University of Pennsylvania. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester. WCUPA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, WCUPA supports 17,527 students, and 391 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 216 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,868. In addition to receiving other benefits, 11 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. WCUPA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Our rankings recognize Sam Houston State University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 21,213 students enrolled at SHSU, 1,026 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 648 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,792. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

Our most recent data shows that 812 of the 20,106 students enrolled at UNC Greensboro were GI Bill® students, of which 353 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,368. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UNC Greensboro does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#18

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee. Florida State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Florida State supports 41,005 students, and 986 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 582 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,897. On top of their other funding sources, 20 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Florida State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Arlington. Located in the large city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 47,899 students enrolled at UT Arlington, 2,100 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,897. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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West Texas A&M University landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value music schools. Located in the town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

According to our most recent data, West Texas A&M University supports 10,029 students, and 414 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 230 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,587. West Texas A&M University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#21

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to James Madison University. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. JMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 800 of the 21,751 students enrolled at JMU were GI Bill® students, of which 637 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,908. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Music that almost earned our Best Music Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
22 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
23 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
24 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
25 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
26 Illinois State University Normal, IL
27 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
28 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX

Music by Region

View the best for vets Music schools in a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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