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Berklee College of Music Overview

Berklee College of Music is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Berklee College of Music Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$57,281 Avg Cost After Aid
55% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Berklee College of Music since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • Students at Berklee College of Music have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Berklee College of Music is the post-master's certificate.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 35% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Berklee College of Music student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Berklee College of Music?


Contact details for Berklee College of Music are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-747-2222

How Do I Get Into Berklee College of Music?

You can apply to Berklee College of Music online at:

Admission Requirements for Berklee College of Music

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Berklee College of Music?

55% Acceptance Rate
46% Of Accepted Are Women
Berklee College of Music has an acceptance rate of 55%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 54% of accepted students are men and 46% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 51%.

Can I Afford Berklee College of Music?

$57,281 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Berklee College of Music is $57,281. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Berklee College of Music, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $12,672 a year. That adds up to $50,688 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Berklee College of Music is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Berklee College of Music Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,494 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,177 undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music, with 5,494 being full-time and 1,683 being part-time.


There are also 766 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,494 full-time undergraduates at Berklee College of Music, 56% are male and 44% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Berklee College of Music students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 326
Black or African American 326
Hispanic or Latino 658
White 2,242
International Students 1,573
Other Races/Ethnicities 369

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Berklee College of Music. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 107 countries are represented at Berklee College of Music. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Canada.

Online Learning at Berklee College of Music

1,993 Took All Classes Online
3,868 Took At Least One Class Online
106.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 3,868 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Berklee College of Music has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Berklee College of Music

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Berklee College of Music was 106.5%. This is the #408 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Berklee College of Music regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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