The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, MA, USA
2.67 Average Rating

The New England Conservatory of Music is a private, musical education institution established in Boston, Massachusetts. As the oldest school of music in the country, as well as one of the most distinguished, NEC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to a small student population in Chamber Music, Conducting, Voice & Opera, and more. Students at NEC have a wide variety of opportunities for performances through both the Community Performances & Partnerships program and the college’s Music Referral Service. Students also have the opportunity to cross-register with Northeastern University, Tufts University, and schools in the ProArts Consortium in order to take part in fields of study not offered at NEC.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city

0
100
35%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
Transcript
No

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision December 1, 2018

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
13%
Out-Of-State Students
87%
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
819
Total Number of Undergrads
413
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

0
100
73%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
87%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
4:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$36,531
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$46,930
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$46,930
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$15,700
Books and Supplies
$500

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
95%
Average Aid Per Year
$18,520
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
95%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,788
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$17,392

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
41%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$10,942
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$27,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$300
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
57%
43%
Student Organizations
1
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
20%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Penguin
School Colors
Blue/Gold
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
No
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$36,500
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What Students Are Saying

2.67 Average Rating
The Conservatory is an inspirational environment that fosters incredible talent without the cut-throat aura that most top music schools come with. As a top Music school in the world, the professors come from near and far with a level of expertise that is hard to match. While many of its facilities could use some love (updating, that is), there is still an enjoyable aspect to its immense history.
Corey from Boston, MA

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