San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Narrative Description

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1201 Ortega St.
San Francisco, CA 94122-4411
Tel: (415)564-8086
Admissions: (415)759-3431
Fax: (415)759-3499
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1917. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Endowment: $30.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,150 per student. Total enrollment: 287. 116 applied, 63% were admitted. 43% from top quarter of their high school class, 71% from top half. Students come from 28 states and territories, 16 other countries, 49% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 3% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 20% international, 11% 25 or older. Retention: 86% 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, advanced placement, independent study, part-time degree program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, audition, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: 4/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $70. Tuition: $24,800 full-time, $1100 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $280 full-time, $140. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group. Major annual events: Sing It Yourself Messiah, End of Year Picnic, Fall Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Conservatory Library with 36,821 books, 80 serials, 14,614 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $205,900. 7 computers available on campus for general student use.

Community Environment:

See San Francisco State University.

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