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Mannes College of Music, New School University: Narrative Description


150 West 85th St.
New York, NY 10024-4402
Tel: (212)580-0210; 800-292-3040; Admissions: (212)580-0210; Fax: (212)580-1738; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Part of New School University. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1916. Setting: urban campus. System endowment: $114.9 million. System-wide research spending 2001-02: $6.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $8218 per student. Total enrollment: 623. Faculty: 183 (5 full-time, 178 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 355 applied, 32% were admitted. Full-time: 149 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 297 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 14 other countries, 65% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 35% international, 20% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 89% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, audition. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 4/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $33,320 includes full-time tuition ($22,000), mandatory fees ($510), and college room and board ($10,810). College room only: $8100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $724 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Choral group. Major annual events: Block Party, University Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 948 college housing spaces available; 13 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Harry Scherman Library plus 2 others with 4.1 million books, 4.7 million microform titles, 22,150 serials, 48,379 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. System-wide operations spending 2001-02: $2.8 million. 934 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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