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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 analyzed 143 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in music. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent music programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the music program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Music Schools for Veterans list, to help you choose the best school for you.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. 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 large city of Houston, U of H is a public school with a very large student population. U of H also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Music in the United States rankings.

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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,578. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Texas earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNT is a very large public school located in the 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.

Among the 38,241 students enrolled at UNT, 1,839 are 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 large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a very large student population. Texas Tech also made our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list, coming in at #6.

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. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 28,644 students enrolled at UT Rio Grande Valley, 842 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 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 medium-sized 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 large suburb of Fairfax. In addition to being on our best for vets list, GMU has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, GMU supports 37,316 students, and 2,265 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds 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 fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Michigan State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Music in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Michigan State supports 50,351 students, and 763 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 500 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,685. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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 midsize city of Las Vegas, UNLV is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 30,457 students enrolled at UNLV, 1,576 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,048 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,443. On top of their other funding sources, 1 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 very large public school located in the city of Columbia. Carolina not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Music in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,523 of the 34,795 students enrolled at Carolina were GI Bill® students, of which 897 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,738. In addition to receiving other benefits, 38 students qualified for 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 city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school 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.

Of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin, 1,201 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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.

Of the 34,657 students enrolled at Boston U, 438 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. On top of their other funding sources, 48 students qualified for 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 city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 32,264 students enrolled at UTSA, 3,260 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,724 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients 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 town of Nacogdoches, SFASU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, SFASU supports 13,144 students, and 389 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 179 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,906. SFASU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small 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.

Among the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 are 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. On top of their other funding sources, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Chester University of Pennsylvania. WCUPA is a large public school located in the 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public college with a fairly 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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.

Of the 20,106 students enrolled at UNC Greensboro, 812 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 353 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,368. To help with additional expenses, 21 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 fairly large public school located in the 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.

Of the 41,005 students enrolled at Florida State, 986 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 582 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 school with a very 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 tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,897. UT Arlington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 fringe town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Among the 10,029 students enrolled at West Texas A&M University, 414 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 230 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,587. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 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 GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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

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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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