Berklee College of Music

804 reviews
  1. Boston, MA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Berklee College of Music is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

Berklee College of Music Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
40%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$150
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$41,619/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $46,416/ year
  • $30-48k
    $49,701/ year
  • $49-75k
    $35,436/ year
  • $76-110k
    $42,690/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,249/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.62 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,187Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Creative
    33%
  • Diverse
    31%
  • Dedicated
    27%
  • Someone to learn from
    6%
  • Creatively driven1
    2%
  • Hipster in a good way
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
59%
Poll
79%
of students say they don't have Greek life.66 responses
Poll
85%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Big, intimidating and absolutly fantastic.
    26%
  • An amazing resource that's up to you to use
    24%
  • Amazing
    17%
  • Full of opportunity, great people, connections,
    17%
  • Free and open
    7%
  • Eccentric in the best way
    5%
  • Self-driven
    5%

After Berklee College of Music

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses

Reviews

804 reviews
  • Excellent
    209
  • Very Good
    261
  • Average
    237
  • Poor
    61
  • Terrible
    36
Like I said, I still haven't attended the school as a student but based on my visit, it was really great. I just can't give a full and accurate review because I haven't yet had the chance to take full advantage of everything that will be offered to me. Class sizes were great! Largest I attended was maybe 30 people and the smallest was about 8. So nothing like the 200-300 class sizes at many schools. All the staff at the school is extremely helpful in the admissions process and the time between being admitted and attending. They answer all questions clearly and easily transfer you between departments so you can get the best information from the most knowledgable people on the subject.
  • College Sophomore
  • 9 months ago
I transferred to Berklee after attending another private school for 2 years, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love Berklee. I truly feel I'm getting the education I need to pursue my passion, and I know that I'm getting my money's worth.

Make sure you take a serious look at what it is you need to get to where you want to go in life before attending Berklee, though. It's not for everyone. Some students get a ton of tech training, graduate, and have a giant skill-set that will get them any tech job in the music industry. Some attend Berklee for a year or two, study with some great teachers, and then leave. And they still get the work they need. It works well that way for some of the students and that's great. Some students take out $200,000 in loans, graduate, and go nowhere. That's the reality for a few of the students. If you have a plan and a specific, clear reason to spend the money, by all means, go! But, make sure your cost to benefit ratio balances out! Don't waste money if you don't need to.

The music business is very fluid, and every person's experience is unique. Berklee is right for me. I couldn't think of a university that could be more right. Think it over and see if Berklee is right for you!
  • College Senior
  • Jan 2 2015
Berklee's Music Therapy Program – Berklee's music therapy program is what drew me to the school, and honestly it's what has made me stay. The professors in my department are really top-notch teachers and clinicians. Most professors are currently working in the field or have retired from clinical practice to conduct research. The program offers a wide range of clinical experiences, including five field placements in which students go into the community and do music therapy with a group under a certified therapist. I can't wait to graduate!
  • College Senior
  • Oct 13 2011