Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University: Narrative Description

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1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202-2397
Tel: (410)659-8150
Free: 800-368-2521
Admissions: (410)659-8110
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Administratively affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1857. Setting: 1-acre urban campus with easy access to Washington, DC. Endowment: $73.4 million. Total enrollment: 639. Faculty: 165. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 4:1. 661 applied, 44% were admitted. Full-time: 296 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 7 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 12 other countries, 67% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 13% international, 2% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Johns Hopkins University; Loyola College; Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, interview, audition. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 4/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $37,740 includes full-time tuition ($28,215), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($9225). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $800 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 84 open to all. Major annual events: beginning of the year events, Relaxation Day, End of Year Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 180 college housing spaces available; 165 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Arthur Friedheim Library with 90,706 books, 199 microform titles, 223 serials, 24,585 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $469,818. 40 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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