Top 20 Universities In Massachusetts

Berklee College of Music
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19. Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music is a private institution that was founded in 1945. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,402 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $38,910 (2014-15).

Located in Boston, the Berklee College of Music offers specialized majors such as Composition, Professional Music, and Music Therapy to its students. The school is broken up into Music Technology, Professional Education, Professional Performance, and Professional Writing departments, and the average class size is typically just 11 students.

Outside of class, there are more than 350 student ensembles to join, as well as a variety of clubs and organizations to check out. There are also student-run enterprises, which give participants hands-on experiences running record labels, concert venues, and more.

There are no fraternities or sororities. University residence halls are located in the Back-Bay Fenway neighborhood of Boston and, due to limited space, students are not guaranteed housing. International students make up about a quarter of the student body.

Among the scores of notable alumni who have graduated from Berklee College of Music are singer John Mayer; Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks; and Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith.


When applying to Berklee College of Music, it’s important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1.

The application fee at Berklee College of Music is $150.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Berklee College of Music is 11:1, and the school has 90.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Berklee College of Music include: Music Theory and Composition; Music, General; Music Performance, General; Recording Arts Technology/Technician; and Music Management.

Student Life

Berklee College of Music has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,402, with a gender distribution of 69 percent male students and 31 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus.

Campus Services

Berklee College of Music offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance.

Berklee College of Music also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Berklee College of Music.

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