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2021 Most Popular Music Bachelor's Degree Schools

1,086 Colleges
$25,137 Avg Salary
$24,580 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music Bachelor's Degree School for You

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

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Music Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 1,086 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular bachelor's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Music program at each school on the list.

Check out the music bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found Berklee College of Music to be the most popular school for music students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of Boston, Berklee College of Music is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

About 39% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 61% are male.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Berklee College of Music take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,773. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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#2

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Out of the 1,086 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Full Sail University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Full Sail University is a very large private for-profit school located in the suburb of Winter Park.

About 15% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 85% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at Full Sail University accumulate an average of around $37,858 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $460, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of North Texas. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UNT is a very large public school located in the city of Denton.

Of the 190 students majoring in music at UNT, 63% are male and 37% are female.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at UNT accumulate an average of around $23,581 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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The in-demand bachelor’s degree programs at Indiana University - Bloomington helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular music schools in the United States. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

About 48% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 52% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at IU Bloomington accumulate an average of around $18,839 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means California State University - Northridge is a great place for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. CSUN is a very large public school located in the large city of Northridge.

Women make up 31% of the music majors at the school.

Music majors at CSUN take out an average of $18,414 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $178.

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#6

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Oberlin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Oberlin.

Women make up 49% of the music majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Oberlin take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,148. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#7

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. University of Rochester is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Rochester.

About 46% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 54% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at University of Rochester accumulate an average of around $23,227 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#8

The New School

New York, NY

The New School came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Women make up 36% of the music majors at the school.

Music majors at New School University take out an average of $22,781 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $248, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #9, Belmont University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 58% of the music majors at the school.

On average, music graduates from Belmont take out $20,280 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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California State University - Long Beach ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Long Beach, CSULB is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 50% of the music majors at the school.

On average, music graduates from CSULB take out $18,585 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $196, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Women make up 40% of the music majors at the school.

Music majors at Northwestern take out an average of $16,795 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $174.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree music programs. WCUPA is a large public school located in the suburb of West Chester.

Of the 92 students majoring in music at WCUPA, 55% are male and 45% are female.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at WCUPA accumulate an average of around $24,978 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#13

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree music programs. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 89 students majoring in music at NYU, 51% are male and 49% are female.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from NYU carry an average student debt load of $19,765. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 43% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 57% are male.

Music majors at U-M take out an average of $17,646 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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With a ranking of #15, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. CU Anschutz is a very large public school located in the large city of Denver.

Women make up 31% of the music majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from CU Anschutz carry an average student debt load of $25,866. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $261.

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The New England Conservatory of Music came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. The New England Conservatory of Music is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

About 51% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 49% are male.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at The New England Conservatory of Music take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,375. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#17

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

With a ranking of #17, Florida State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Florida State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee.

Women make up 53% of the music majors at the school.

Music majors at Florida State take out an average of $20,622 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $236.

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#18

Manhattan School of Music

New York, NY

With a ranking of #18, Manhattan School of Music did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Manhattan School of Music is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

About 48% of the students majoring in music at the school are women while 52% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at Manhattan School of Music accumulate an average of around $22,374 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $247, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #19, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Of the 80 students majoring in music at USC, 59% are male and 41% are female.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from USC carry an average student debt load of $21,578. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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#20

The Juilliard School

New York, NY

With a ranking of #20, The Juilliard School did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of New York, Juilliard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 79 students majoring in music at Juilliard, 44% are male and 56% are female.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Juilliard take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,347. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#20

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Montclair, Montclair State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 49% of the music majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at Montclair State accumulate an average of around $27,843 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#22

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree music programs. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

Women make up 58% of the music majors at the school.

On average, music graduates from Liberty University take out $26,680 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#22

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables.

Women make up 41% of the music majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from U Miami carry an average student debt load of $17,485. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $175.

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#24

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree music programs. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 74 students majoring in music at Texas Tech, 59% are male and 41% are female.

Music majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $26,580 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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With a ranking of #25, Middle Tennessee State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 30% of the music majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from Middle Tennessee State University carry an average student debt load of $25,112. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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#26

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL
#28

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#31

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT
#32

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
#32

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#35

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#35

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ
#37

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK
#38

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#38

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#38

Lawrence University

Appleton, WI
#42

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#45

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#45

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#45

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Music Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1086 different United States music schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
50 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
50 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
50 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
55 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
55 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
55 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
58 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
58 Purchase College Purchase, NY
58 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
58 The City College of New York New York, NY
58 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
63 Luther College Decorah, IA
63 Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland, OH
63 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
66 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
66 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
66 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
69 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
69 Capital University Columbus, OH
71 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
71 Florida International University Miami, FL
71 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
74 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
74 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
74 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
74 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
74 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
79 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
79 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
81 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
82 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
82 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
82 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
85 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
85 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
85 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
85 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
85 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
90 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
90 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
90 University of Georgia Athens, GA
90 Northeastern University Boston, MA
94 Illinois State University Normal, IL
94 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
94 Baylor University Waco, TX
94 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
94 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
99 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
99 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
99 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
99 San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco, CA
103 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
103 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
105 DePaul University Chicago, IL
105 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
107 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
107 Biola University La Mirada, CA
107 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
110 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
110 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
110 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
110 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
110 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
110 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
110 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
110 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
118 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
118 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
118 Stetson University DeLand, FL
118 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
122 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
122 Boston University Boston, MA
122 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
122 Snow College Ephraim, UT
122 Auburn University Auburn, AL
122 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
122 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
122 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
122 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
131 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
131 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
131 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
131 Queens College Queens, NY
131 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT
131 Utah State University Logan, UT
131 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
131 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
139 Furman University Greenville, SC
139 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
139 Radford University Radford, VA
139 Millikin University Decatur, IL
143 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
144 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
144 Catawba College Salisbury, NC
144 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
144 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
144 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
144 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
144 Emory University Atlanta, GA
144 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
144 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
144 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
144 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
144 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
144 Los Angeles College of Music Pasadena, CA
157 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
157 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
157 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
157 Morehead State University Morehead, KY
157 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
157 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
157 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
157 Chapman University Orange, CA
157 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
157 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Music Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
167 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
167 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
167 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
167 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
167 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
167 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
167 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
167 The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
167 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
167 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
167 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
167 Troy University Troy, AL
179 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
179 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
179 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
179 Murray State University Murray, KY
179 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
179 Hunter College New York, NY
179 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
179 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
179 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
179 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
179 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro San Juan, PR
179 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
179 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
192 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
192 Brown University Providence, RI
192 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
192 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
192 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
192 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
192 University of Denver Denver, CO
192 Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia, PA
192 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
192 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
202 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
202 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
202 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
202 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
202 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
202 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
202 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
202 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
202 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
211 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
211 Towson University Towson, MD
211 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
211 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
211 Rice University Houston, TX
211 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
211 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
211 Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR

Music by Region

View the Most Popular Music Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

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.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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