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  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 27 people found this review useful. 1 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love music and want to understand the music business.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are serious about a music career either on the business side or the performing side of the music business; I recommend Berklee College of Music.

    Bang for the buck

    You can do anything you want as long as you put your mind up to it.

    Am enjoying being here

    because I love the business

    Am learning a lot

    about the music business

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for those that love music and know that their profession is going to be in music. It'll increase your all around musicianship and teach you more about the business side of music as well. Berklee offers everything a musician needs in the real world today!

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice hard and really impress them at your audition. That way you can get some money from them. It's really a lot of work, if you choose to do what you're given. But time management is key!

    Bang for the buck

    It's totally worth every penny, even though it's extremely expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do like is here. There is just so much music everywhere and so many people into the same styles as you. It's great meeting people and have awesome jam sessions.

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much to offer here and all the faculty is there for you. They are so kind and helpful in whatever you need. All the classes you take really seem to mesh with each other. Which is really helpful when doing the work. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and will make you a better player!

  • 10/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 3 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Musicians, performers, film scoring, drivers, self motivators.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't decide to come to Berklee in April. You must decide well before that for several reasons. Take time to get the money you will need to attend. Also, spend much time getting ready for your audition. It's worth it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but I believe it will pay off later. Get everything out of the classes that you can. Go talk to your teachers, often.

    Am enjoying being here

    Boston took awhile to get used to, don't bring a car here, HA! There is nowhere to park it. The classes are great and the faculty is as well.

    Am learning a lot

    Berklee is difficult, but if you want to learn and make yourself the best you can be, then this is it.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Musicians of any type, songwriters, composers, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to listen to and play a variety of music that you aren't familiar with. Entering students don't get as much freedom as the upperclassmen as far as class selection goes, so you may get stuck in something you don't like. And of course be prepared to practice!

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is very pricey, Berklee is probably the best college for contemporary musicians. With names such as Steve Vai, John Mayer or Quincy Jones who attended the college, it's definitely not something to look away from. You learn a lot and there is a wide variety of choices and combinations to suit your needs as a musician.

    Am enjoying being here

    What's better than going to a college specifically for something you love? Although Berklee is a music college, there are still a variety of liberal arts classes along with other classes. You aren't forced to just taking music classes. Besides that, the teachers are awesome and basically everyone is laid back. All the students are welcoming and it's pretty easy to find someone who has similar tastes in music as you!

    Am learning a lot

    Unlike other colleges, there are only like 20-30 people in your class. It's a lot easier to get the one on one help from your professor that can't be offered at other colleges. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and you will have the knowledge needed to pursue any career in the music industry.

  • 01/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is sincere about becoming involved in the music scene on any level. Berklee is the best!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just do it! Apply, and when you audition, have fun. That's the main thing that will make you shine.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, YES! And that's saying a lot because attending Berklee is, well, rather expensive. Don't let that throw you though--student aid and private loans can make your dream come true and believe me, it's very worth while!

    Am enjoying being here

    Enjoying isn't the word--I'm in absolute heaven! This is what I was born to do and I'm loving every minute.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much, in so many areas! Learning to be a performer, musician, writer, composer...the list goes on. I just finished my first semester there and scored a 3.95 GPA!

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any music related career, there's Composition, Contemporary Writing and Production, Electronic Production and Design, Film Scoring, Jazz Composition, Music Business/Management, Music Education, Music Production and Engineering, Music Therapy, Performance, Professional Music, and Songwriting... so we pretty much have it all, but unless you're getting some financial aid, grants, or scholarships I think the tuition is a little over the top.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going into any other Major besides MP&E or EPD, neither of which I am, then be ready to Network and create your own opportunities, you need to make your own bang for your buck here, which is exactly what I have done, but something I have seen from few of my peers.

    Bang for the buck

    Unless you're a Music Production and Engineering Major or an Electronic Production and Design Major (which I am neither) which are the best funded departments then NO, you are not getting any bang for your buck, all other majors should be charged significantly less tuition, this college is stingy with giving it's student body, those majors are only well funded because of their department chairs' being complete animals.

    Am enjoying being here

    Berklee is an incredible place to network for your future. I have chosen my friends carefully and spent my time wisely. I made sure that the doors were opened for me so I have a career when I graduate.

    Am learning a lot

    This college is what you make of it, getting A's isn't enough, I put the knowledge I learn every semester to serious use outside of school, as well as befriending my teachers and visiting them during their office hours.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is in a fairly safe area of town and security guards are always present and available to escort anyone at any time.

    Greek Life

    there isn't a greek system in this school yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a variety of clubs from songwriting to racquetball and quidditch. the school also sponsors free classes every week for yoga, dance, basketball, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    dedicated, talented, focused, and goal oriented musicians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the 939 cafe is a school owned cafe that hosts lots of live music every week. it's a great way to see new music or find an opportunity to perform.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is very, very expensive, but it's an incredible school.

    What to do for fun

    the school offers a lot of student activities for a small price or for free. it helps keep students connected with one another and creates a sense of belonging in the school.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria has a fair variety of buffet style food every day, but the hours are somewhat inconvenient.

    Dorm Life

    there are very few dorms and most students live off campus. the dorms that are available are expensive, but convenient and fairly spacious/well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    most students get very little sleep at this school. there's not as much homework is the sense of typing reports and writing papers, but there's a high expectation for practicing new materials daily. the homework that is given is always extremely time consuming, but very useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    save as much money as possible, practice your instrument more than you think is practical, and be prepared to meet a great amount of musicians and contacts that will help you in your career.

    In three sentences

    berklee is extremely expensive, but i firmly believe you are getting exactly what you pay for. with the exception of a few, the teachers are highly knowledgeable and always willing to help with any question. the competition is high, and the learning experience is irreplaceable.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For as much as we pay to go here, I was literally expecting everything to be perfect. Berklee is far from perfect, but its pros far outweigh the cons. Students get the chance to work with seasoned veterans of the music industry and teachers who are active musicians. The skills you learn here will be indispensable once out in the real world.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do in and around Berklee. Once the semester gets up and rolling, the Student Activities Center hosts Caf Shows at night around 10 PM. Also, there's a bowling alley right down the street from the 150 Mass Ave building, among other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, Berklee's cafeteria is just okay. Most would say it's awful, which it can be, but most of the time it's decent. I wish the higher-ups would invest more in it so the overall experience would be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Berklee is wonderful. I've stayed in two of the three dorms (150 Mass Ave and 98 Hemenway) in my time here, and know several students at the other dorm (270 Commonwealth). 150 and 270 are definitely more open communities, while 98 is more for older students who are just looking for a quieter place to live. Each dorm has events throughout the semester, and all the RAs are awesome and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee can definitely be difficult for students who have not had any music theory training, and is still challenging for those who have. Teachers understand this and are very helpful during office hours and before/after class. Utilize this time if you need help!

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip for prospective students is to visit the campus to get a feel for Berklee. Tours are generally run in the midday during classes, so prospective students and parents can get a glimpse of a typical Berklee day. Another tip is to do some long-term planning, in terms of student loans. If loans are not an absolute necessity, don't get them.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is definitely the place to be, for contemporary music. If you are at all interested in Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, etc., Berklee is one of the best. From the experienced teachers, to the state-of-the-art facilities, to the vast amount of artists brought in over the course of the year, Berklee is a mecca of music.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who are passionate about music. If you just enjoy playing here and there and have no real love for the music, you will hate it. Berklee requires that everyone understand music from the boring basics. Your first two years will be filled with boring theory and ear training classes that will drive you insane. If music is just a passing fancy for you, making it through those classes will be really tough. You have to love music. Be passionate!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with the right attitude and meet people! Don't go in thinking you're the best or that you're there to compete with those around you. Berklee, being a music school, is not nearly as competitive in spirit as one might think. When I was leaving, I was terrified I would never make friends because everyone would look down on me. I quickly learned that everyone is as impressed with your talents as you are with theirs, and it is a community of musicians, not some televised competition.

    Bang for the buck

    While you have to learn, at least you're learning from experienced musicians who have done many inspirational things. They all have so many stories to tell, and most of them seem to be extremely passionate about what they're teaching. It is worth every penny!

    Am enjoying being here

    From the future stars you meet to current stars (Bruce Springsteen visited when his son came to audition, and many more visit on a regular basis to speak with the students), there is always something interesting going on. Not to mention, you are surrounded by music everywhere you go. This place is amazing, and most of the upperclassmen I have spoken to say they hate leaving because the experience is so great.

    Am learning a lot

    I have improved so much since I started attending Berklee. My singing is so much better, and I understand my voice a lot better than I used to. I love learning here, and most of the teachers are outstanding people.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone pursuing a degree in music for anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here its great.

    Bang for the buck

    Costly, but great education.

    Will enjoy being here

    Nice people, great atmosphere. Always have things to do outside in the city.

    Will learn a lot

    Offer a great music program.

  • 11/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's incredibly expensive but when you look around the school you can see where the money goes to. All the equipment is industry standard and the buildings are very neat and organized. The education you will recieve here will defintely be worth the money you're spending, there's smaller classes which means more potential for one on one advice and help with your professors.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's in a great part of Boston with many opportunites for networking!

    Will learn a lot

    There's so many programs and a lot of people who are willing to help you as long as you ask for it. There's also many resources for you to take advantage of!

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    went to my brother's orientation and the food is impeccable!

    Dorm Life

    i haven't experienced the dorm life yet but will in september.

    Academic Rigor

    haven't experienced it yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep at it! remember... esse quam videri... to be, rather than to appear to be. (berklee's motto)

    In three sentences

    berklee college of music is a place for dedicated, determined, and passionate musicians to thrive, discover, and gain knowledge beyond what they thought was possible.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 58

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    too busy practicing and doing homework to invest in other things

    Academic Rigor

    just started so nothing too rigor but the workload is constant and seems like it will increase

    Tips for prospective students

    know what you want to do after graduation.

    In three sentences

    what you put in is what you get. professors will try to help you. it is expensive so don't be careless

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 58

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Make music, and network.

    Food and Dining

    The caf, has pretty good food! for such a small school, i think it is great!

    Dorm Life

    Berklee has its own dorms. Berklee students also have a choice of living off campus, which is more than a viable option, because Berklee is in the middle of a city.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee is an academically demanding school. You can take up to 10 classes a semester and each class has its own projects and test that ask a lot out of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind, and be ready to receive.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is the best contemporary music school to attend in the US. It ranges from all different styles from jazz to classical. The students and teachers are great sources of networks.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Berklee's pretty expensive, but I'm assuming it's well worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Almost anything! It's in Boston.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice, but pretty costly, and not too roomy compared to most dorms. I'm considering renting a room near the city instead of this or renting an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Dedication everywhere you go!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're on the not-so-rich side, like me, work way ahead of time to find scholarships!

    In three sentences

    Absolutely brilliant school to go to. Although I haven't started yet, just visiting showed me how incredibly dedicated both the students and staff are at what they do.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt really safe in and around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated to their craft. Open minded. Hard working. Seeking the best education for their musical future.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't put a price on the pursuit of passion! I believe wholeheartedly that Berklee is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Chill in jam sessions, explore Boston, sing, sing, sing!

    Food and Dining

    Loved those cheesy eggs!!!

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the dorms for the summer program. The other participants come from everywhere but all have the same love of music. Typical dorm beds but the rooms were nice sized and in a really cool location.

    Academic Rigor

    I attended the summer program in 2011. There was alot to it but everyone helped each other which made the program really fun. I hear the curriculum is rigorous but definitely worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research before you audition. Read student blogs and learn from their auditions. Be prepared to work hard but because you love music, it won't feel like work...mostly.

    In three sentences

    Warm, accepting atmosphere. Knowledgeable, well-connected staff. Excellent location.

  • 09/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    What really are the odds of being able to have a paid career in music with a degree from berklee?

    Bang for the buck

    so they say

    Will enjoy being here

    nt there yet

    Will learn a lot

    hope to

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious students knowing within yourself this is what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be share you are ready to focus in on your music career. If your heart is not in it, than you are not ready.

  • 04/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security 24/7. I didn't feel as if something bad would ever happen. It seems pretty safe close to campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Many ensembles to join that the school has. Also, many students form bands.

    Bang for the buck

    I will say the cost drives many students away. The only reason I give it five stars is because of how many opportunities it gives for students to receive scholarships and work on or near campus.

    What to do for fun

    Music! Everywhere! Along with being surrounded by great musicians you also are in Boston. What more is there to say? Many historical sites and delicious restaurants. Fenway Park is also walking distance away.

    Food and Dining

    I have visited over the summer and the food tasted like it came from a restaurant. One of the faculty had said they were having not the best day with cooking and I was surprised because of ho good it still tasted.

    Dorm Life

    New dorm building on 160 Massachusetts avenue is incredible looking and I have only seen pictures so far. Sixteen story dorm with Cafeteria and Studio. Expensive but well worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what you're major is and what teachers you receive just like any other college. In the end you just have to be on top of things and do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not just think it is all fun and games. It is an expensive school that offers more activities and majors than I had ever imagines. It is not a school of rock or just some place to jam away at. It is a college where you learn how to make it in today's society and you get out what you put in, and there is a lot to get out.

    In three sentences

    If you are planning to learn how diverse music is in today's society and keeping up with the new forms of music while studying an older form, Berklee is for you. World renowned faculty who teach you how to be the best musician you can be out in a real life setting, along with the amazing city of Boston where small to large concerts are given. Networking is obviously crucial in today's world which is why I would rather no place else.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is not big at Berklee. If you require parties, kegs, and fake platforms, I recommend looking elsewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    If it doesn't exist, you can create it!

    Bang for the buck

    The learning center provides free tutorials and forums for all those interested in learning more about a particular subject (i.e. how to record vocals, how to best use your mac/music software while at Berklee...etc).

    What to do for fun

    Jam!

    Food and Dining

    Haven't tried the school's cafeteria, but have heard good things about their food and the variety provided. There are many great places to eat around Berklee as well (B.Good's right across the street- a personal favorite of mine, with hamburgers and sweet potato fries that hit the spot).

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging. Assignments are lengthy and usually require a combination of hours of practice (on principal instrument), reading & analysis (the theoretical side of music), immersion into the techy side of life (facilitating garage band, logic, etc.), and great communication (with professors and classmates)....among other things.

    Tips for prospective students

    A competitive drive is essential ** however ** it is important to never lose sight of one's individual goals. Aim to be competitive with oneself. Appreciate the talent that surrounds you, but never forget where you are and where you'd like to be weeks, months, and years from now.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a friendly community comprised of awesome musicians- those that teach and those that are eager to be taught. The environment is very open and non-threatening, which gives a new student (or a returning student) the opportunity to grow at their own pace. Also, the resources (computers, forums, music, and supplemental materials for classes) are abundant.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The dorms at Berklee are well secured

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide rang of clubs and there are always concerts and clinics with professional artists around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Any one who is involved in any style of music, and is willing to work hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee is an expensive school, however the opportunities are great as far is getting a job after getting out.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is a great city full of music, sports, and tourist attractions. There is always a concert, sporting event or, countless other things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good cafeteria at Berklee and losts of other places to eat around the school.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, it is nice being surround by other helpful students at Berklee.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee has a challenging ciriculum of classes that will test your knowledge of every aspect of music.

    Tips for prospective students

    In your audition be sure to prepare yourself for whatever they might ask you to do. There is list of things that you can expect to have to do, however your goal is to go above and beyond. Also try to present yourself as professionally as possible and provide your resume and any other documentation of your experience.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a great school for anyone who is pursuing a career in music. It offers the widest range of study as far as genres of music, and different careers in the music industry. It also is the best place for networking because of the amount of successful musicians as students, faculty, and frequent guests.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 58

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Play music, attend house shows all over town, day trips, visit area museums

    Tips for prospective students

    Expensive school. Work on scholarships as early as possible

    In three sentences

    Imagine spending 24 hours a day with people who share your interests and passion. The learning experience comes from both the academic side, but also from interacting with so many other musicians.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Berklee has security and constantly sends out public safety newsletters.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Berklee has all types of clubs for all types of students from African American to Gay and Bisexual.

    Great for these types of students

    Musicians who love music. Do not dissuaded by the notion that Berklee is only for contemporary musicians. I am a Foreign Classical Opera Singer and I find Berklee extremely qualified for my particular genre.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is spread throughout the Back Bay of Boston, MA. Locating certain buildings can be difficult and confusing but there are information desk and maps to help students.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition includes not only up to 16 credit hours of education, but also counseling if need, concerts, workshops and private weekly tutoring in all subjects!

    What to do for fun

    The school has concerts that students can attend, game and movie nights and a Student activity center that holds varies activities daily.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. Everything is Buffet All You Can Eat style offered for breakfast lunch and dinner. Everyday a foreign cuisine is featured.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Berklee is best described as a community area. Students often have jam sessions together and participate in events held by the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee College of Music teaches both various music related courses and Liberal Arts. The teachers are demanding and do require a great deal of responsibility and time outside of class but, students are given many opportunities and tutoring options.

    Tips for prospective students

    If students are interested in attending Berklee I believe that he or she must have dedication to their music and have a fierce hunger to learn about not only their genre's of choice, but varies genre's orginated around the world.

    In three sentences

    Berklee College of Music is an extremely diverse community, built to nourish musicians all over the world. Berklee, provides its students with not only valuable knowledge but also with opportunities in performance and other major related experience. This school is for musicians that love the music that they create and want to know in depth how to create it.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You're living in a major city, not on a secure campus, however I found the Boston Back Bay area to be very enjoyable.

    Great for these types of students

    Jazz, rock, and contemporary musicians who understand theory and have plenty of training already under their belt.

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts almost every night!

    Food and Dining

    Only one full time cafeteria but many local eateries are within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    It is more like city apartment living.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only extremely committed and talented musicians should apply here.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a male dominated school but offers the tools needed to find a professional career in music. It is an intense, competitive, and creative environment.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Berklee has security and constantly sends out public safety newsletters.

    What to do for fun

    Compose music and JAM!

    Food and Dining

    For such a small school, I think it is great.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet people from all around the world. And each dorm has events throughout the semester, and all the RAs are friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    At Berklee, most of the students get very little sleep. There is not as much homework is the sense of typing essays and reports, but there's a very high expectation for practicing new materials daily and regularly. The homework that is given is always extremely time consuming, but very useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind & be ready to receive!

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an extremely diverse community built to nourish musicians all over the world. Berklee is also very competitive, intense but creative environment.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe living at Berklee as all of the buildings are staffed by 24 hour security guards and you have to swipe you ID card and show it to them before you can enter any dormitory. Also, one of the things you get used to drowning out is the sound of fire trucks, police sirens and ambulances. You can be sure that Back Bay is a safe place to live.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Berklee unfortunately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that you can join on campus. Ones that I'm apart of are the Film Scoring Network, the Musical Theater Club, the Sound Design Club and the Video Game Music Club. There're also clubs like the Electronica Club and the Classical Guitarists Club. Pretty much anything you'd want to talk to people about, you can find a club for here at Berklee. And if not, you can always start your own! There's also the Student Activities Center (SAC) that hold events and give away prizes, tickets and the like for events. You can also just go there to hang out as they have a television and a large pool table.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, creative, hard-working, goal-oriented students that will work to succeed in life. This school isn't for those who just want to coast on their parents' checkbook. There are those here who do that, but they don't get anything out of the education and they're left with nothing when it comes time to make their own living in the real world apart from their parents.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berklee doesn't really have any weird traditions and the campus is comprised of a handful of buildings within the Boston Back Bay area, so there aren't any particular locations of interest really. Although the 1140 Boylston St. building is the oldest and first Berklee building that existed.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this as I'm struggling to pay for my final semester and I'm dreading having to pay back my loans over the next 10-15 years. Having said that, the teachers are the best there are (at least the ones I've had) and you can't find majors like these at any other school, so I might say you get a good deal for your money. I (and many others) still think it's WAY over priced though.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest, I don't usually do much outside of school as I'm very invested in my studies. That being said, there are many movie theaters in the area that are walking distance from the school. Also, everything else is a short T ride away such as the Aquarium, great dining like Charley's, The Hard Rock Cafe and Whiskey's. Also, Boston is the walking city and there are many wonderful places to go such as my favorite, the Charles River Promenade. Be sure to check this out!

    Food and Dining

    This is the one aspect that isn't really the best. The food in the cafeteria is very bland and tasteless at times. It's as if they've never heard of using butter for anything cause their bakery products are always dry as cardboard. It's not the worst food you'll find anywhere, but other colleges' food services are much better than ours. I will say though that every once and awhile for a holiday or special event, they will make food that tastes a lot better (usually themed, like for Halloween). Sadly, this means that they CAN make better food, but choose not to.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good and the Housing office does a good job of matching roommates up who are compatible with each other. If you can, try and get a single room though. You get all the privacy you need and can stay up doing homework as late as you need to without worrying about your roommates. It does cost a few hundred more a semester though.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be a very challenging school, especially if you do a dual major. MP&E is the hardest academically and work-load wise. Consider the challenge before doing a dual like MP&E and EPD or Education and Therapy. You'll end up hating life if you pick something that's too intense, especially if you're working a job at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're transferring credits, talk to Registration, not the specific department that the credits fall into. If you're living on campus, try to be an RA (Resident Assistant). You can get 80% of your housing costs paid for that way.

    In three sentences

    The best contemporary music school anywhere. Has state-of-the-art technology for each major. World class instructors that are the top of their fields.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Health insurance policy on the website:// Berklee.edu

    Greek Life

    none..

    Clubs and Activities

    Check local website for reviews..

    Great for these types of students

    Berklee is great for really passionate and serious students. Dedication is a big factor in succeeding at Berklee,

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the best faculty in the world. Each faculty member currently works in the music field.

    What to do for fun

    Fishing, malls, restarants, parks, Syphonies etc...

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning can be covered by scholarship. Berklee is in the heart of Boston. There are many dinning places in the downtown Boylston area.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be very pricy.. It is advised to find off campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee is one of the best schools of its time. Including one of the only schools that offer film Scoring as an undergraduate source of study./

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice and study hard. Berklee is hard to get in and can be very challenging. Stay on top of grades and performance tests. If anyone slacks, they will surely be dismissed from the college.

    In three sentences

    Berklee college is one of the biggest and best conservatories of music in the world. It is a truly challenging school to get accepted in. The educational progress are very well respected, and lead to various careers in the modern music world.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Musicians, Music Artists

    Bang for the buck

    Boston is a very expensive city!

    What to do for fun

    Hang out and go to performances.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get lots of financial aid.

    In three sentences

    Berklee College of Music is a fantastic campus located in Boston, MA. The city is full of music students, a great environment for the aspiring musician. As a music technology major, the studios were beautiful and inspiring.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is NO greek life at all in Berklee.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Allston has wonderful culture--I liked it a lot better than in the Boston city. Newbury street has fashion week which is always nice. MFA has wonderful concerts and so do MIT.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of parties happening all the time I would try to control that side of Berklee life but there is the MFA and many other things to do--In Allston and Cambridge there are great places to go.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awful! They have a saying The Berklee Blast You'll have to find that out for yourself. They serve typical cafeteria food, but it's really horrible. The only okay thing is the breakfast..but you MUST get up early for that.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are really nice, very tiny but they have a good dorm life. I wouldn't recommend staying in the dorms forever but it's a good start.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are easy, however they do take a lot of busy work. You may wan to try your best to test out of all the unnecessary classes like m-tech/Eartraining, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your audition is very very prepared. Go ahead and expect to drop your ego and your inhibitions about music. Always be open minded for every opportunity.

    In three sentences

    Berklee College is a great place, but always remember to stay focus. May get really easy to get side track from your art form. Everyone is wonderful though, never a dull moment.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    24hr security.

    Greek Life

    None. Sorry!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everybody here. African Americans, Latino heritage, hip-hop, classical, film and TV clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Creatives who hate institutions. :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The beach is located outside the main building. It's not an actual beach, but the Sun is always shining here!

    Bang for the buck

    It's very expensive to go here, but well worth it. You'll come out with a world class education, and experience that you will find nowhere else.

    What to do for fun

    This is Boston! Shopping, neighbouring universities, sports and dining. The World is your oyster.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is 24hr and a great variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are spacious and you have your own space to work.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work to do here. Keep your head down and don't get distracted!

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice really hard for your audition, acceptance rate is tight! Don't come here and expect to be the best. We are all the best here, that's why we got in. Use other peoples strengths to strengthen your weaknesses.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a fantastic music education institution. The teachers here are world class musicians. The administration team is extremely helpful.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall the city itself is safe but one time I did hear of an unarmed robbery that happened somewhere around campus. Other than that, I don't hear much. There are police guarding the buildings and the streets. Overall, a safe environment.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts held at the BPC and the cafe, as well as discounts available for going to concerts away from Berklee. There are also activities held every now and then where you simply can just hang out and have fun or jam out.

    Food and Dining

    Berklee has a cafeteria with it's own food. I have never eaten there, but I do hear that they offer great food. I know that they offer meal plans for that you purchase per semester, and it is pretty reasonably priced, and it includes 3 meals. If you aren't under a meal plan, you can still purchase a meal, or you may eat on the many other options Berklee has around it's campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee is not heavily based on your traditional core classes but that does not mean you won't be taking them. Upon the teacher's discretion, she may find himself/herself teaching such subject from a new approach that breaks what one may be used to in a traditional classroom. Core classes however, will be more heavily based on music. Berklee has their own method of teaching you music since it is more contemporary and most associated towards jazz and styles that have descended from jazz, which included funk, rnb, rock, pop, and etc but they also do teach more traditional methods if that is what you seek. It is important to stay on top of your work, but as long as you have a passion for it, you should do great. If you slack off, then you wasted your time and it will show.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work, make a lot of friends, and take on every opportunity available.

    In three sentences

    The school offers a variety of resources, either through media, workshops, clinics, etc. The professors there are there because it is their passionate to teach. The school simply has a great music program and is catered for a wide variety of students with different backgrounds, but with similar aspirations in becoming a musician.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Berklee offers a safe walk program so you can call a number at night if your'e nervous about walking home and one of the security guards will walk you home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tuns of clubs out there and if you're not 21 yet there is the club Rise for 18+ and they don't serve alcohol.

    Great for these types of students

    musicians, you stay up late, don't know when to stop practicing, and you're a little out there and weird, which is just how everybody at Berklee is so you'll fit right in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Berklee Beach is the area right in front of the 150 Mass Ave building where everybody who smokes, smokes. We call all of our buildings by their street address numbers like 150, 7, 1140, except for the building with the administration offices in it, that's the Uchida Building.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little expensive, but what private college isn't nowadays? You can get A LOT out of Berklee if you want to and personally I think it's definitely worth the money I'm spending to go there.

    What to do for fun

    Your'e in Boston! Go enjoy the city! You can go to the park or one of the many museums around the city or have a jam session or you can get dinner in the North End (my favorite). There are tuns of jazz clubs around the city and there is always a show you can see, it could be at Sculler's Jazz Club or at New England Conservatory, but there is always some sort of musical entertainment going on in the city on any given night. Berklee is great and offers this Symphony Card for $3 and you can go to Symphony Hall and see performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for free with it once a week! There are plenty of things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is a personal choice I think. Some people really like it, others really hate it. Personally I really don't like cafe food. But if you live in the dorms then you have to get meals in the cafe and it's an all you can eat sort of place and they make specialty meals and deserts and have a salad bar, so you definitely have a lot to pic from and the guys that work there are typically really nice and like chatting with us.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, and they are building new ones that will be ready in Fall 2013 I believe but the dorms aren't horrible. You get a mini fridge and you can bring in a microwave and they have practice rooms in the dorms and the ones in the 150 Mass Ave building don't have community bathrooms, they're all private ones in the rooms which is a plus!

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee has more than just music classes, they also have academics like English and Science and Math. The academic classes are usually really in depth and you learn a lot and end up having to write essays and reading books sometimes, but they are never too overbearing and the teachers all understand that we're musicians, not English Lit majors. The music classes are always challenging and you learn so much in them!

    Tips for prospective students

    When you're doing your entrance interview you can be really excited about Berklee, it helps with how much scholarship and financial aid the college with award you. You can always go talk to the guys in the Registration Office and the Student Center is an amazing place to go and talk to other students or councilors about any problems or concerns you might have.

    In three sentences

    Berklee offers a huge variety of majors for musicians. They are there for you if you need help deciding which of the many majors is right for you. The teachers are fantastic and you learn a lot from everybody, both students and teachers.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety department is always alerting you of things happening and what is currently happening. They're very good about their email/phone alerts. It's not annoying, either. It's necessary.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few student-run clubs but most of the clubs/activities are worth it and fun!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're very hard-working, yet spontaneous and fun this is a perfect place for you! Even if you like to be in and quiet, the apartments/dorm rooms are cozy. :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't really an unusual traditions that I know of so far.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things around! There are plenty of theaters, both movie and play theaters, as well as places such as bowling allies, Fenway Park is right there, and festivals are happening a lot of the time, as well.

    Food and Dining

    You get sick of the food really quickly and it's pretty expensive. The meal plans work and are convenient.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely convenient, but they are very expensive to live in. The 150 building is by most classes as well as the cafeteria (if you have the meal plan).

    Academic Rigor

    The teacher's hardness varies, but in most classes they are strict and what they are teaching you is relevant to music and its industry.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's quite expensive. Once your first year is over, move off-campus - it's cheaper. There's a lot to do all the time. Don't feel overwhelmed. You have to be serious about wanting to pursue music. You have to want music 24/7 to attend this college and be successful.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an amazing connections school. You can meet the people you'll start a band/collective with. It teaches you what you need to know in order to be successful in the Music Industry of today.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    its going to be worth it just work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and stay on task.

    In three sentences

    It is a very great school many opportunities.It gets you in the the field of music that when you graduate you have everything you need to succeed and be good at what you do when you leave the school.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety communicates with the entire campus via email to alert us of new procedures and precautions to take. I feel very well looked after.

    Clubs and Activities

    From social issues to academic to creative issues, there's a club for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Fresh out of high school, older students already in the depths of their careers, international students, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's music everywhere! There's quiet spaces in the library to do work, but the environment on this campus is unlike any other. The halls are overflowing with talent.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee is pricey, because you're paying for some of the best of the best. Another reason to work extra hard! Berklee offers tuition payment plans which are a great option for some!

    What to do for fun

    Sooooooo many great concerts in the metro area, and Berklee students get discounts tickets to some of them! Berklee students also have FREE access to the Fine Arts Museum, which is lovely. When the weather is nice, there are beautiful bike trails and parks for recreational fun. And the beach is only 45 minutes away. There are almost endless options for dancing and nightlife to suit your tastes!

    Food and Dining

    On campus cafeteria (where there are often late night performances and concerts by fellow students. Dining doesn't get much better than that!) There are tons of nearby and affordable places to grab food between classes!

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to work hard towards your goals. These teachers take you seriously as a musician. Do yourself a favor and take yourself seriously, as well. Learning here is fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to prep well for your audition and interview! Remember that Berklee looks for your potential, and knows everyone is coming to the school with a different skill set. They have your best academic interests at heart. Have fun and stay open!

    In three sentences

    Berklee has incredibly thorough teachers. There are countless opportunities for learning and growth outside the classroom including workshops and physical fitness programs. Berklee is incredibly welcoming to all students, regardless of age, experience, and place of origin.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, although there have been records of people getting things stolen, such as laptops, for not being careful.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently in the Berklee Christian Fellowship club. There are many clubs offered in Berklee. I was interested in looking into the Hardcore/Metal club here.

    Great for these types of students

    Berklee is a great school for anyone looking to pursue after music, can think or dream of doing nothing but music, people looking to network through music.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berklee teaches based on contemporary music rather than classical as taught in most schools. Classical music is taught in Berklee and a lot of students pursue after classical music here, but the core classes, such as ear training, harmony, and arranging look to contemporary pop music, jazz, blues, and even rock.

    What to do for fun

    Attend concerts held by students, chill with friends, which you'll make pretty quickly if you put yourself out there, go eat, jam out with other musicians, or just sit and write music.

    Food and Dining

    There are many great restaurants around Berklee. Most students tend to eat in the cafeteria, or the caf. The food in the caf is pretty good considering that it is cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in a dorm, I am off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a freshman who just entered this semester. The music classes I am taking are fairly challenging but still pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do your best to come here if you want to have a career in music.

    In three sentences

    Berklee College Of Music is a great school. The music classes are excellent and teachers are very helpful and make classes interesting. The only drawback would be some of the liberal arts classes that don't have anything to do with music and seem like a waste of time and money

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had any problem with safety. Campus security is always strolling around the school. The few times there have been some sort of security threat the school sends out emails warning students to be cautious. Berklee is in the Back Bay area in Boston which is a pretty nice area so I haven't heard of too many problems.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at Berklee.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Probably the most unusual location on campus is the Berklee beach. It's the spot in front of the main building (150 Mass ave.) where a large group of students stand outside between classes to smoke.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee is a very expensive school but I believe if you put in the hard work and make the most out of your experience it is well worth it. The friends you meet and skills you gain make it a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is a great city with a lot of things to do. Every weekend there is bands playing somewhere, local shows, and a few larger venues where more popular bands come to play.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten at the caf but I've only heard bad things from everyone about it. There's a few restaurants close to Berklee that are good to eat at. Some fast food restaurants and others.

    Dorm Life

    I was never placed in the dorms since they have a pretty small amount of rooms for entering students. The new building that is being built will have more dorms from what I understand. I have heard mixed things about the dorms. Some people love it and others hate it. It's a good place to make friends, all of my current roommates met and the dorms and met most of their friends from the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee is a school where you get out what you put in. I have met students who try to get by with as little work as possible and there are also students who work hard and make the most out of the curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for your audition. You can find the requirements for the auditions at the berklee website.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a great place to learn about every aspect music and the music business. The private lessons and labs are the best parts of the school and the teachers are some of the best players in the world. The core music classes help to make you a better musician in every aspect.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Berklee is always on-point and up to date when it comes to security and safety on campus. Students are texted, e-mailed, and called about drills, false alarms, incidents, and any other security issue. Recently a new building is being built on campus and students are up to date with wind advisory issues and the overall construction. We are also quick to learn about any attacks in any area of Boston.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are a great way to meet people at Berklee. We have all kinds of clubs ranging from music-related to politically-related. Based on your major, a club is designated to meet each week to help the student within that major, to introduce artists or have guest speakers on that topic. Berklee also has a wonderful LGBT club called BUGLE, a songwriting club, and many others. New clubs open each semester and Berklee is open to hearing new ideas.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    Every city is pretty expensive. But Boston is like a mini New York - just less organized in terms of streets. With the Berklee Card, students get great discounts for food at local restaurants which definitely helps since tuition can burn a hole in the pocket. But if you don't have a Berklee Card, look for local coupons or deals in Boston magazines, Berklee coupon books, and online. Discounts for Duck Tours, dining in experiences, and even local stores are all around.

    What to do for fun

    Berklee is in the center of a very busy South End Boston area. Fenway park is nearby, as well as Kenmore Square, Newbury Street, the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue, the shops on Boylston Street, etc. If you want to catch a game, head on over to Fenway to watch the Red Sox, or take the green line T to Government Center to watch the Celtics or the Bruins. If you're into shopping, Newbury Street is like the Rodeo Drive of Boston. Some of the best stores, restaurants, hair salons, and underground clothing shops are living on that street. Check out places like Charlie's Steakhouse, Trident Bookstore, Newbury Comics, Johnny Cupcakes, Kashmir Indian Restaurant, Bostone Pizza, and Upper Crust Pizza - to name a few. The Prudential Center sits on Boylston street, just across from the biggest Apple Store in America. The Pru is a gorgeous mall with great restaurants like PF Changs, The Cheesecake Factory, and California Pizza Kitchen. You can also book Duck Tours at the Pru for a fun way to tour Boston. Boylston Street also has great restaurants on it. Definitely check out Chili Duck for some great Thai food. Kenmore Square and Coolidge Corner both have really great theaters. Regal Theater at Kenmore Square houses well-known films while Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline houses Indie films and underground documentaries. Also, Berklee has many shows for local artists, students, and touring artists at the Berklee Performance Center and the Red Room at Cafe 939 on Boylston. The options are endless in a city like Boston. You can go exploring and find something new to do every day.

    Food and Dining

    Berklee has become more advanced when it comes to food and dining. The cafeteria has been renovated and changed quite a bit and is open pretty much all day for the students. The Berklee Card is an add-money system that you can use at the cafeteria with a meal plan or at the neighboring restaurants and coffee shops. Berklee is currently adding more and more restaurants to accept the Berklee card, and with an easy and functional online way to add money, this card is great for any student.

    Dorm Life

    Although every student experiences dorm life differently, it sometimes has more downs than ups. The cost of living on campus is high and because of the possibility of a roommate playing an instrument, like guitar or drums, could be stressful. Living off-campus is recommended, and it is rather easy to find cheap apartments around the beautiful Boston and Berklee campus area. Off-campus living is suggested strongly.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are of course harder than others, but every class relates to the other. Classes like counterpoint and tonal harmony will prove to be challenging, but Berklee does a good job of starting students off on easier levels and working them up to these more complex classes. Harmony 1-4 and Ear Training 1-4 are vital, and as the title suggests they do get more time consuming as the levels progress. Students should dedicate their time to picking up as much as possible in these levels and use these lessons for other familiar classes, like conducting or sight-reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important for students to take this school seriously and not treat it as just an easy-out art school. Selecting a major and discovering what you want to do with music are two critical aspects of joining this institution. Be sure to follow the outlines on recommended classes to take each semester, attend class regularly, and put your best effort forward. No matter what, never be afraid to seek help and/or guidance. This school has wonderful resources and very friendly people who are willing to help you succeed, as long as you are dedicated enough to do so.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an incredibly eclectic school. The classes are taught by diverse and incredibly knowledgeable professors who are dedicated to music, the craft of music, the theory of music, and the technology behind music. With a wonderfully talented student body, Berklee is an inspirational, difficult, and rewarding place to attend college - especially if music is your passion.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters and off the wall musicians

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berklee beach!

    Bang for the buck

    If you meet people and network, it totally is. Take advantage of that Berklee name.

    What to do for fun

    Jam out with friends, walk on the Charles.... ITS BOSTON! Have fun!

    Food and Dining

    The caf is okayish, but the cafe 939 is better.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but from what I have seen from friends, it is spacious and well located.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is hard and if you want to get the most out of it, you work even harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Email people in the program and get to be close with all of your teachers. NETWORK! Make a plan of what you want to achieve during your time at Berklee and follow through!

    In three sentences

    Berklee is made for people who are passionate about music. Through hardwork and networking and meeting people, you can graduate and have a successful career. You know you're in the right place when you feel like it's Disney World.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bar none, Berklee is very catious. With all the equipment each campus holds they go to all extents to protect their investments.

    Greek Life

    Question mark?

    Clubs and Activities

    Berklee has a wide spectrum of clubs ranging from sports to video games.

    Great for these types of students

    Music performers, composers, business men, therapists. Literally any type of music career exists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berklee is a very traditional school in the sense of being a hipster, so grab some thick rimmed glasses and a scarf.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee is a bit pricy, but with the right amount of work put into scholarships and making yourself valuable to the school, its all worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Its Boston; I think you'll fine something.

    Food and Dining

    Could be better, but the Berklee Caf is absolutely the most convenient thing ever.

    Dorm Life

    So much fun, so, so, so, so much fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a fun hard though... Its music!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus, focus focus; college is an atmosphere to be selfish and work on yourself. Don't let others determine YOUR possibilities.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is by far a crucial place of education for any musician interested in gaining a traditional or contemporary music education. Highly recommended.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is in the middle of a city, so there is room for danger - however there are security guards in every building and IDs to open the doors.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of different clubs to enjoy! There is a slam poetry team, a songwriting club, and lots of different fitness clubs and a cappella groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, dedicated to music, and artistically inclined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is no campus, however there is the Red Room which has intimate music performances by famous and local artists.

    Bang for the buck

    It is absolutely the best contemporary music school out there - however the price is a little overwhelming and it does not offer much opportunities for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There is music everywhere and it is in the city of Boston - what ISN'T there to do for fun! You can go explore the city with your friends. There is the Charles River just minutes away that you can walk to and sit on the docks. There is the reflecting pool and the Prudential Center for shopping. There are delicious restaurants everywhere!

    Food and Dining

    The breakfast is good and most of the meals are healthy, but the food quality is just average.

    Dorm Life

    I can't give much on this. I have never lived in the dorms. But I've visited, and they are decent for what they are.

    Academic Rigor

    Not only are the music classes intense and inspirational, but so are the liberal arts. The options are limitless and wonderfully constructed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! It is not impossible to get straight A's - I am doing it - but it requires lots of dedication and commitment! Don't party too much - it demotivates you. Stay healthy and get your sleep!

    In three sentences

    It is an incredible school. It offers opportunities and majors that no other college in the world does. It has some of the world's best musicians and teachers as part of its staff and faculty.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe around campus. There are cops constantly patrolling the area and at the entrances of each building.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life. But you can get involved with sororities and frats in the schools near by!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless numbers of opportunities to get involved at Berklee. Just check out the long list of clubs and find your niche!

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious and hard working!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has a large number of international students and I have learned a lot about their culture by talking and living each day with them. It is very culturally enriching.

    Bang for the buck

    The area is very expensive, especially the apartments. The food is reasonably priced and purchases are not taxed! Yay!

    What to do for fun

    The campus is in the city and there are a lot of options as far as public transportation goes. You can get anywhere you want in Boston and there is plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is very applicable to all diets. There are many vegetarian and gluten free options. The menu often changes frequently and the desserts are either hit or miss. But the salad/fruit bar is always available and you can't go wrong with that. Plus the ice cream is from Hersey!

    Dorm Life

    I was not in the dorms my first year, they ran out of dorm space, but I knew a lot of people who had mixed feelings about the dorms. They were happy to get away from caf food and to have more living space. The room sizes varied greatly. But they loved the many friendships that they made because they lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is not overwhelmingly difficult but it is quite tedious. The projects often come all at once with all of your classes and are a process to complete. Procrastinating is something to avoid throughout all of your classes, despite the course rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking to excel in classical music then Berklee might not be the place for you. But Berklee is very lenient toward what you want to do with your voice or how to develop your style. It is important to audition and attend this school with confidence as well!

    In three sentences

    You get a lot of hands on experience at Berklee. Learning from you peers is just as important as learning from your teachers. Berklee prepares you for the real world.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every campus building can only be accessed by swiping a school ID. Every campus building is also monitored by our campus security team and cameras.

    Greek Life

    none that I know of...

    Clubs and Activities

    Berklee has every club imaginable and if they do not have what you are looking for, you can create your own group!

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for anybody with a passion for music. The campus is very urban!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Student Activities Center is known as the SAC, and we find thst very funny. Also, our school mascot is a cat and no one ever knows who is dressed in the uniform. It is a giant mystery!

    Bang for the buck

    The experiences you will make here are forever and priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Berklee is in the heart of Boston between Fenway Park and The Prudential Shopping Center. You will never run out of things to do in this city! Boston constantly offers concerts, sporting events, comedy shows, night life, exquisite food options, extensive shopping centers, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    Berklee offers a wide variety of cafes to their students as well as the intense Boston restaurant selection. Berklee's cafeteria does not have the best reputation for good food; however, they do offer healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I was not lucky enough to live in the dorms; however, I have many friends who did and they create life-long bonds with their other dorm-members. It is an experience I wish I was a part of.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee holds it's students at a very high academic standard. You can not simply play an instrument and get a degree, the level of work often surpasses my friends in other schools (liberal arts or music).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be confident in your audition and don't try to portray yourself as anything but the true you! The Berklee admissions office know that you are interested in Berklee to further your knowledge of music so you do not need to be a superstar to get into this school. A passion for music, a little talent, and a huge ambition will get you in easily.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an amazing school full of unbelievably opportunities, a hugely supportive and impressive staff, and a warm and welcoming student body. The rate at which a musician's skills sky-rocket at Berklee never ceases to amaze me. The College to Career program is exceptional, especially for an all-music school.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are serious and love music.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. Berklee has great security and you must have your student ID to access every building.

    Greek Life

    None. Thank goodness...

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a HUGE amount of clubs on campus. I am in Music Therapy club and I love it! There is also clubs for different cultural backgrounds. My favorite is Swedish Club!

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, creative, determined, positive, high self esteem, caring, cultural, veracious, smart, and innovative.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Depending on what major you are in, your major might throw special parties that involve lock-ins or interesting cultural foods and traditions. The tradition at Berklee is just that there is always something new they are coming up with.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a tricky question. Berklee can be worth the pretty penny paid if you plan ahead, get scholarships, do not slack off, and choose a major that will lead you to an in demand job and not leave you empty handed with just a degree and no income. You must be wise about what you choose to do and also work hard because not matter what, music is a highly competitive field and that will never change.

    What to do for fun

    Duck tours, Boston Commons, Swan Boats, Ice Skating, Sailing, Cycling, Running, Coolidge Corner, Local eateries, and loads more. Boston in a great place for students! Lots of festivals and exciting events going on.

    Food and Dining

    One word: YUCK. Buy your own groceries or enjoy local eateries.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but I heard it is extremely expensive and not that enjoyable of an experience. You still meet people even when you live off campus and it's also much more affordable. They are building new dorms, so maybe the experience will improve.

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee is no walk in the park. Be prepared for intense curriculum and up to 9 classes per semester. You MUST study every day in order to be successful at Berklee.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you plan ahead financially and apply to outside scholarships. There is student support at Berklee, but it's important to have firm principles before you attend so you don't get lost in the crowd. Never compare yourself to other students because there is always a better musician that you. It's important to appreciate your unique talents while also working hard to become the best version of yourself.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an incredible music college with unique majors and minors for the new generation. It is expensive, but they do offer amazing scholarships to entering students if you show your true colors in your audition. I am so glad that Berklee chose me and I chose Berklee, it's a decision you won't regret!

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Typical college food.

    Dorm Life

    New 160 Building will be amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work harder than ever to be the best.

    In three sentences

    High quality staff and students, and to top it off a great city. Unmatched in modern/ contemporary music. Awesome place to be.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Good

    Clubs and Activities

    So good

    Great for these types of students

    Great

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Life at Berklee was the best. I love to study and stay there so much. I can watch a lot concert and a lot of great musician. The professer are very helpful. All students are so well. People help each other.

    Bang for the buck

    I dont have enough money to spend for the college

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends and have fun in friend's house on friday night. Play music with friends. Have a jam session.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the caf not so good,but it fine.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best. I ve got many good friends and good oppotunity to stay with all musician friends. I love dorm so much, it makes me have a big social.

    Academic Rigor

    The weather is not so good because it change everyday, hot and cold.

    Tips for prospective students

    I want to go to my gold and being a good musician, and I think Berklee give a lot of chance to perform and have oppotunity to play and see a lot of great musician.

    In three sentences

    This is the best college. I've got so much experiences here, all teachers and students are great and friendly. The big problem is the tuition cost is very expensive for me, and also I am international and I can't get any help for scholarshipe.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Unique, artistic and open minded.

    What to do for fun

    Boston. Enough said.

    Tips for prospective students

    Audition!

    In three sentences

    Berklee College of Music is the most comprehensive college for the study of Jazz and contemporary arts in the world. It compiles student and teachers from around the globe in one place to interact and learn from each other. Berklee's style of collaborative learning is one of the reasons it is miles above the rest.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is amazing! Our Student ID's are what allows each student to access the buildings. You have to swipe your ID to get into the buildings, and you have to show your ID before accessing the elevator in your dorm. It's guaranteed to feel safe while you're on the school campus because even though we're within the city, and don't really have a specific campus, we are still safe and able to have our college life without feeling threatened.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun! There's The Prudential on Boylston Street which is our mall, and you can walk down Newbury Street, with friends, and look around the stores and little shops. Walking around the city in general is a wonderful experience. Fenway Park isn't that far away, and there's a bowling alley about two blocks down. Many of us like to go busking, which is playing our instruments on the side of the road for money, we also like to have jam sessions in our practice rooms! There will always be emails for upcoming Berklee shows, so feel free to go to them because they are always amazing!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is okay, but that's not the reason we're here, right?! Just kidding! The food here is definitely what we paid for. If you live in the dorms, you get a meal plan that's a plus of living in the dorms! It saves a lot of money. You have to learn the hours when The Caf is normally filled with many people, and you'll learn to work around that so you can have a place to sit.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun. It's a good way to make friends your first year. I recommend staying in the dorms your first year because it's an extremely easy way to connect with your fellow musicians and it's a good way to stay involved with the school itself. There's also practice rooms in your dorms, so feel free to practice in them, just not in your room!

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is pretty high, but it doesn't mean it can't be done. There is plenty of tutoring available for students and you can also form study groups within your classes. Don't be scared of the teachers because they're your friend and they're only trying to better you. Be open to advice and criticism because that's the only way you'll grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and follow your heart. Everybody here already does that and we all support each other because of it.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is an extremely fun, outgoing, and exciting school. The students are all involved in activities and encouraging of one another. The teachers are helpful and are looking to improve each student.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem with safety while at Berklee. There are call boxes set up if you ever have an emergency at night and nobody is around. Each building has a security guard at the entrance and students must scan their identification cards before entering.

    Greek Life

    Berklee does not have any Greek houses, however Boston has over ninety colleges in the Boston-Cambridge area and there are many Greek universities. It is great to make friends from other universities and live vicariously through their Greek activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs for students to join at Berklee. These range from the Music Business Club to the Ultimate Frisbee Club! Essentially anything that you could want to do, you can find a cub for it at Berklee. The Student Activity Center ensures that there is always something fun for students to do. They often raffle of tickets to Red Sox games or host movie nights in the Loft.

    Great for these types of students

    Berklee is great for all types of students. The college is incredibly diverse and allows for students of every type to find their niche.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee may be on the expensive side, but it has been worth every single penny. This school molds you into incredible performers, technology wizards, and wise businesspeople. There is no other school that can compare to Berklee when it comes to education on the contemporary music industry.

    What to do for fun

    Berklee has many clubs and performances that are a great way to make new friends and have fun. The student activity center puts on many activities throughout the week. We once had a huge movie night with catered Italian Food and we all watched the Godfather. During the Christmas season they have gingerbread house competitions as well! There will be many jam sessions to attend also. Rather than just staying at school all of the time, get out and explore Boston! Boston has great restaurants, clubs, bars, and sports. Going to at least one Red Sox game and one Celtics game are a must for Berklee students.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at Berklee is like any other cafeteria at a college. They have burger, pasta, sandwich, salad, and dessert stations as well as an area that they chance up every night with a different style of food such a stir fry or omelets. There are also vegetarian options for those students.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm at Berklee is a must. You meet people who will become your friends for life there. The Resident Assistants are talented and always willing to help you with whatever you need. Will practice rooms just down the hall, there is always the chance of spur of the moment jam sessions with your floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students join music school and expect it to be nothing but a big jam session. Berklee is incredibly fun and there are many jam sessions, performances, and fun activities, but academically, it is vigorous. Students need to study hard and practice long to be able to reach their full potential. Berklee provides all of the tools that students need to become great, but in the end, it is up to the students to take the lead to get there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be very serious about their careers in music, because Berklee will push them academically and musically to become the best of the best. Prospective students should prepare to practice, practice, practice to be able to grow and learn from the lessons that they will be taught. It is equally as important to make friends here. The faculty and other students are going to be your connections to jobs opportunities and internships in the future so it is essential to invest yourself in other people's music and lives. It will make you better off in the end! Joining clubs and getting involved in school-run performances is a great way to meet people that have been at Berklee for many semesters.

    In three sentences

    Choosing to attend the Berklee College of Music was by far my best career choice to date. I have made incredible connections that will aid my future in the music industry all while greatly increasing my talent level as well as my knowledge of music, performance, and the music industry. I have grown as a person through moving to Boston and living on my own and have become the musician and I have always dreamt of being.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The possibility of a danger is ever present anywhere and anytime, and Berklee is no exception. It is something that must be partly accepted, though an ever-watchful eye is needed by everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    You're at Berklee or considering Berklee because you love music. But you don't just love listening to music. You want to wield the power of music tightly and make a difference in the world with it. You know it makes you and others happy. You understand that music is a more universal and deeply understood language than any other.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berklee is known for being unorthodox in its routines and patterns. One example is that you study music from day one. It does not take anytime to necessarily push prerequisites to the side. Music is involved from the very beginning and you learn it to your last day there, for four years.

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee is a music college. But that does not mean that they neglect the other areas of education. The college offers a rich core curriculum that keeps your writing polished and your reading sharp. For those who did not complete this in college, math, science and history are also offered in in-depth classes.

    What to do for fun

    The Boston area has no shortage of activities. In terms of the college, there is a student activities center that is the place for games and the like. It's a great place to check out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat at the college.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am eager to learn. I attend every class at every opportunity and think of nothing else until it's over. My understanding of theory has expanded and will continue to expand. My musicianship as a drummer and pianist has improved noticeably over one semester here. The instruction is thorough and I have informed my instructor that I will not be hesitant to learn as much as I can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work. Hard. Even before you audition, you better be putting the time in weekly. I'd say at least 5 hours a week for audition prep, and do not be afraid to do more. You need to decide what style best reprints your talents to exploit in your audition. Once you arrive, do not be fooled- while an acceptance to Berklee is a heavy one and an outstanding achievement, you will have wasted your time f you have not prepared yourself to have a great work ethic. Go to class. Do your homework. Practice. Play with others. Most of all, make sure you enjoy what you do.

    In three sentences

    Berklee immediately opens doors for the aspiring musician to connect and find opportunities to do what they love both on campus and off. When you're not enjoying the classes, you're likely hooking up to book time in a practice room to continue your passion and hone your craft daily. It is not as much a chore as a privilege, though you must work hard for it.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The front of building 921 where I auditioned . Hug the building

    Bang for the buck

    Berklee College of music represents what music is to me and it's just for the depth of what my life is about . It's what I love to do . So much passion and emotion and feeling and soul and love and tenderness and toughness and full of laughter and so on and so forth . I love it

    What to do for fun

    Explore your instrument and your talent . Do showcases and different studio sessions

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food

    Dorm Life

    Great people and roommates .everyone is friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Learning new things and the study life can be different than you expected . It can be a bit more tougher and difficult than high school but just stay focused

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your heart and your dreams for give up and trust God he won't fail you ! He is an on time God !

    In three sentences

    All that I have dreamed of it to be. This is My dream college. This is the only school I applied for and got accepted.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    You're in Boston! Go to a Red Sox game or go to one of the many concerts that Is always going on in Boston!

    Food and Dining

    Everyone says that the food and dining is great, but I am a vegetarian so I'd have to check it out.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent dorm life so I've heard!

    Academic Rigor

    Berklee wants you to work hard to achieve your goals, which I am willing to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and keep the grades up .

    In three sentences

    Berklee is my dream school. It is perfect for everything I want in a college. I am definitely going to apply.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Play music! Meet wonderful people! Go into the city and enjoy the life all around you.

    Food and Dining

    The food provided is not worth paying for. Most people spend time in and around the campus to hangout and jam anyway.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms were just recently built, but based on the price and amount of space I'm not overly found of the dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't plan to attend this school if you're looking to goof off. Berkelee is a place to enjoy music and do what you love, yes, but it is hard work.

    In three sentences

    You get everything you pay for, and because of the hefty price tag that's saying quite a lot. Berkelee is a home away from home, not because of the materialistic place around you, but because of its purpose and the reason to why we end up here.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Berklee security guards, Boston policemen, and blue emergency boxes around every corner.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bean Town Festival opens your mind and ears to the history of Jazz music- one of Berklee's fondest genres.

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely expensive and I cannot afford it. But it is honestly my dream to graduate from a prestigious school with a degree in Business so that I can go forth in the Music Industry prepared with an excellent background in the field. I would not trade this education up for the world. It is a truly amazing school that is aimed towards getting you to achieve your career goals. Its system is proven successful by how many Grammy's it possesses. I cannot wait for my future thanks to this school.

    What to do for fun

    We are musicians with the plenty of opportunities available to us! Berklee enables us to do a lot! We get discounts to the many museums of Boston. We also have tons of clubs like the e-gamer club, a cappella groups, bands, sports, anything- you name it. Boston is a great historical and musical city as well. What isn't there to do? Go on the freedom trail, go see a play or the orchestra at the BSO, shop at the most fashionable stores, or get a practice room in the dorms at Berklee and make your very own band! The opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    We recently built a new cafeteria in the new building that is exquisite. The architecture is beautiful and inviting. It is a great place just to relax. The food is all you can eat buffet style with multiple options. Berklee really caters to your needs with delicious menus that change everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus in an apartment. However I am in the dorms quite frequently. It is an experience unlike any other because in high school the band geeks are usually a minority that was teased. Here at Berklee College of Music it is like one breed of artists. We truly have the most creative and interesting group of people.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the top music school in the world. You are expected to learn pieces of music within hours, while honing your music core skills (such as music theory, ear training, harmony, etc), booking gigs, and doing your liberal arts studies. I am a transfer student who is also trying to fast track my graduation because I cannot afford this great education. My work load is a little different because I declared early and am trying to get all my credits finished in a short time frame. I would say this route is a lot more to handle than the intended cycle of credits. Either way Berklee is very rigorous and should be taken very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for students who are thinking about or have their heart set on Berklee would be to never stop practicing. Do not lose your passion. Even when you get accepted, the work just gets harder and harder but do not let that discourage you. Do not be afraid to be judged for your art; the more creativity you can bring, the better. The most important thing is to know that you ARE good enough, never lose faith.

    In three sentences

    Berklee College of Music is the most competitive, prestigious, and creative college of my dreams. Its intense music program will help you develop into the artist you want to be. It is an overall great experience for students, artists, musicians, and listeners.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    What aboutâ?¦ Music? There will always be someone who would like to start some musical ensemble with you.

    Food and Dining

    Berklee has a special food plan. With this plan you can buy food at several places. The food is good and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. There are many rooms where you can practice privately. There is also a gym to keep yourself fit.

    Academic Rigor

    All students are completely committed to their study at Berklee College of Music.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to give it a try and audition!

    In three sentences

    Berklee College of Music is a beehive of ambition. Not only are the teachers the best professionals in the field, attending students themselves have so much to offer. It is a place where your musical dreams become realities.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is spread out over different buildings, but overall they are pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are actually quite a few clubs if you search for them.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, talented, outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Clapping whenever some one does something embarrassing.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not as great as I expected it to be, for as much money as I'm paying. Wish the teachers were all great at their jobs for all the money we pay. Overpriced in general.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with different people, go wherever they go you'll find something. There aren't a lot of parties in the dorm, more like gatherings with people and booze in eh rooms. Look around the city.

    Food and Dining

    It's good for cafeteria food, but it gets old very soon. They serve pretty much the same thing every day. Way overpriced if you don't have a mealplan, and at some points during the day they don't have a full menu.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the new dorm building, and so far I have had a nice experience. The communal bathrooms are not ideal. The lounges provided on every floor are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers expect a lot from you, make them proud. Some of the teachers are not as good as others, so choose wisely. Study and practice a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want upon arriving. Try to hang out with as many different people as possible. Work hard during the week so that you can have fun on the weekend.

    In three sentences

    Berklee is a nice school. Good for budding musicians to network. Cool people generally.

  • 04/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Public Safety Offers are super friendly, especially if you bring them cookies from the cafeteria.

    Great for these types of students

    The outgoing extroverts.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a tricky question. This college is beyond expensive, cataclysmic for some like myself, unless you utilize all the tools this school offers.

    What to do for fun

    You're in Boston! For most of you that's an awesome prospect for many city adventures, for those of you, who like myself are a country bumpkin who isn't such a fan of massive cities, daily doses of green are necessary for sanity. Take a stroll along the Charles, walk in the Fenway Gardens during the day. There are also a nice amount of buses in the winter that go up to awesome places like Loon Mountain and Sunday River to satisfy your boarding and skiing cravings, which also simultaneously satisfies your nature cravings as well.

    Food and Dining

    The new caf is pretty sweet and the food is a definite improvement as well. Being a vegetarian who's stomach unfortunately doesn't take a liking to dairy products the options are still pretty good everyday. The hummus and vegan pizza are pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are pretty sweet. Bring ear plugs though, its music school and dorm life which means a continuous stream of loud noises.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study a few hours every day its not bad, don't get behind though, you'll never be able to catch back up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a step back, your first semester is incredibly overwhelming, but don't be afraid to try new things that scare you, that is the college experience. Also, that ear training practice everyday really pays off, ear training isn't something you can cram for.

    In three sentences

    Overwhelming. Awesome for some. Inspiring for others.