Berklee College Of Music

Berklee College Of Music

Berklee College of Music is an independent music college located in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 1945 and today the college enrolls more than 3,500 students. Berklee offers an accredited four-year baccalaureate's degree or diploma degrees in several fields of study. The campus houses the Berklee Performance Center, which is a 1,200 seat auditorium.

Berklee also offers athletics for students who wish to participate in sports. The students can sign up for NCAA Division III athletics at Emerson College as Berklee has a membership in the Professional Arts Consortium. Many alumni of the college have gone on to become famous including Quincy Jones, producer; Bruce Hornsby, pianists; and John Petrucci, guitarists.

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Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston , MA 02215
General Phone: (617) 747-2222

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Berklee Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Music680music, music performance, music theory and composition, music management, various music studies
Media119recording arts tech
Education and Teaching28music teaching
Therapy and Counseling21music therapy

Number of programs and degrees for Berklee in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years1166
Bachelor's degree7328

Berklee Student Body

In 2007-2008, Berklee had a total enrollment of 4,090 students (4,277 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 71%
Women 29%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 51%
Black 8%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 23%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 34%
22-24 22%
25-29 12%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Berklee Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %
Part-Time 100 %

Berklee Room and Board (2007)

Berklee offers campus housing for 748 of its 4,277 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Berklee Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Berklee Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,503
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,503
Room and board $ 14,360
Books and supplies $ 464
Other expenses $ 3,286

Financial Aid:
Berklee participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 212600)

Berklee Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year98$83,22415$84,290
Associate professoracademic year63$70,18126$64,800
Assistant professoracademic year27$59,9988$60,078
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year189$75,62949$69,995

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Berklee Degree Programs (2007)

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist

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What Sets Berklee Apart:

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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