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Vandercook College of Music: Narrative Description


3140 South Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
Tel: (312)225-6288; 800-448-2655; Admissions: 800-448-2655; Fax: (312)225-5211; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1909. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $432,276. Total enrollment: 209. Faculty: 28 (10 full-time, 18 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 36 applied, 81% were admitted. Full-time: 79 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 35 students, 37% women, 63% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 2 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 13% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 11% 25 or older, 5% transferred in. Retention: 71% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, independent study, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, interview, audition, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $22,660 includes full-time tuition ($15,130), mandatory fees ($630), and college room and board ($6900). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $635 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $315 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 2 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 50% of eligible men and 50% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: MENC (Music Educators Natural Conference), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). Major annual event: Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic Concert. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Harry Ruppel Memorial Library with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $44,600. 20 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.

Community Environment: Urban.

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