New England Conservatory of Music: Narrative Description

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290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000
Tel: (617)585-1100
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Endowment: $47.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,519 per student. Total enrollment: 792. Faculty: 201 (84 full-time, 117 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 4:1. 809 applied, 42% were admitted. Full-time: 390 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 16 students, 38% women, 63% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 39 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 18% international, 4% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Simmons College, Tufts University, Northeastern University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, audition, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 4/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $38,450 includes full-time tuition ($27,500) and college room and board ($10,950). Part-time tuition: $900 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 8 open to all; local fraternities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: NEC Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Christian Fellowship, Vegetarian Club, Soccer Club. Major annual events: spring and fall barbecues, International Day, Chinese New Year. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 169 college housing spaces available; 163 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Spaulding Library plus 1 other with 78,853 books, 298 microform titles, 275 serials, 46,384 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $645,921. 48 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Boston University.

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