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2021 Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

88 Colleges
$23,145 Avg Salary
$31,557 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

Music is the #47 most popular major in the country with 26,968 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This report analyzed 88 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

Check out the music programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Music Schools

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our analysis found Cornell University to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in the Middle Atlantic Region . Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Out of the 88 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, The College of New Jersey landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Delaware. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Music majors at U of Delaware take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#4

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Vassar College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#5

American University

Washington, DC

Out of the 88 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s ranking, American University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Carnegie Mellon take out is $33,856. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $377.

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#7

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA

Lebanon Valley College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Annville, LVC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, music graduates from LVC take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, West Chester University of Pennsylvania did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. WCUPA is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of West Chester.

On average, music graduates from WCUPA take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#10

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

With a ranking of #10, Syracuse University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #11 on the list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

On average, music graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick take out $33,980 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $379, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Rowan is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Glassboro.

Music majors at Rowan take out an average of $26,390 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $274, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #13 on the list. Ithaca is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Ithaca.

On average, music graduates from Ithaca take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Music students in the Middle Atlantic Region that almost earned our Best Music Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
14 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
15 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
16 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
17 Wagner College Staten Island, NY

Best Music Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
New York 2,587
Pennsylvania 1,077
Maryland 456
New Jersey 652
District of Columbia 84
Delaware 50

One of 9 majors within the area of study, music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Music

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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