Berklee College of Music: Narrative Description

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1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215-3693
Tel: (617)266-1400
Free: 800-BER-KLEE
Admissions: (617)747-2222
Fax: (617)747-2047
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $127.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,151 per student. Total enrollment: 3,882. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,093 applied, 79% were admitted. Full-time: 3,882 students, 25% women, 75% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 66 other countries, 83% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 24% international, 20% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at Pro Arts Consortium.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, interview, 2 years of formal music study and audition. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/30, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $37,997 includes full-time tuition ($21,790), mandatory fees ($4517), and college room and board ($11,690).

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 39 open to all. Most popular organizations: Musical Theater at Berklee Club, Yoga Society, Black Student Union, Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: Convocation, Welcoming Barbecue, International Night. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 771 college housing spaces available; 760 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. The Stan Getz Media Center and Library with 30,208 books, 77 serials, 19,480 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $775,000. 45 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Boston University.

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