Berklee College of Music

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$41,530

3.26% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$41,382

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

5.95%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

52.5%

6,222 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

6,762

78.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

61.3%

622 Graduates

About

Berklee College of Music is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Berklee College of Music were Other Music (561 degrees awarded), Music Technology (233 degrees), and General Music Performance (220 degrees).

In 2017, 1,665 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Berklee College of Music. 36.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 63.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (594 degrees), 2.39 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (249 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Berklee College of Music is $41,530, which is $27,530 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Berklee College of Music is $41,530, which is $27,530 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $41,382.

In 2017, 57% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 37% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$41,530

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Berklee College of Music was $41,530. The cost of tuition at Berklee College of Music is $27,530 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,000).

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Average Net Price

$41,382

2017 Value

0.208%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Berklee College of Music had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $41,382. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Berklee College of Music grew by 0.208%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,856

Room and Board

$474

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Berklee College of Music was of $15,856 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $474. The cost of room and board increased by 2.55% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

37%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 3.64% with respect to 2016, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.95%

2016 Default Rate

59

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Berklee College of Music was 5.95%, which represents 59 out of the 991 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Berklee College of Music received 6,222 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 32.5% annual decline. Out of those 6,222 applicants, 3,268 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.5% acceptance rate.

There were 6,762 students enrolled at Berklee College of Music in 2017, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Berklee College of Music has an overall enrollment yield of 40.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,268

Accepted Out of 6,222

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Berklee College of Music was 52.5% (3,268 admissions from 6,222 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 33.8%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -32.5%, while admissions grew by 4.71%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Berklee College of Music in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Berklee College of Music has a total enrollment of 6,762 students. The full-time enrollment at Berklee College of Music is 5,314 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,448. This means that 78.6% of students enrolled at Berklee College of Music are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Berklee College of Music, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.7% White, 9.32% Hispanic or Latino, 6.65% Black or African American, 4.21% Asian, 3.82% Two or More Races, 0.222% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Berklee College of Music in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (26%), followed by White Female (15.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (17.8%), followed by White Female (15.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.46%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Berklee College of Music, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,762 students. The full-time enrollment at Berklee College of Music is 5,314 and the part-time enrollment is 1,448. This means that 78.6% of students enrolled at Berklee College of Music are enrolled full-time compared with 71.1% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Berklee College of Music was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71%), Berklee College of Music had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,887

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    630

  3. Black or African American

    450

The enrolled student population at Berklee College of Music is 42.7% White, 9.32% Hispanic or Latino, 6.65% Black or African American, 4.21% Asian, 3.82% Two or More Races, 0.222% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44.7% White, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 15.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 287 students (4.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 445 fewer women than men received degrees from Berklee College of Music. The majority of degree recipients at Berklee College of Music are white (594 degrees awarded). There were 2.39 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (249 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Berklee College of Music is Other Music (561 degrees awarded), followed by Music Technology (233 degrees) and General Music Performance (220 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Berklee College of Music, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Visual & Performing Arts (1,594 degrees awarded), Health (54 degrees), and Education (17 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,945,351 people), Registered nurses (1,348,355 people), Secondary school teachers (323,339 people), Education administrators (272,300 people), and Postsecondary teachers (196,677 people).

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Visual & Performing Arts (1,594 degrees awarded), Health (54 degrees), and Education (17 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Public relations specialists, Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Podiatrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Visual & Performing Arts (1,594 degrees awarded), Health (54 degrees), and Education (17 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Elementary & secondary schools (2,944,754 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,534,085 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (406,208 people), Outpatient care centers (238,435 people), and Offices of physicians (213,523 people).

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Visual & Performing Arts (1,594 degrees awarded), Health (54 degrees), and Education (17 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Berklee College of Music.

Most Common

  1. 561 degrees awarded

  2. 233 degrees awarded

  3. 220 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Berklee College of Music was Other Music with 561 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,055

  2. 610

In 2017, 1,055 degrees were awarded to men at Berklee College of Music, which is 1.73 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (610).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 364 degrees were awarded to men at Berklee College of Music in Other Music, which is 1.85 times more than the 197 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 197 degrees were awarded to women at Berklee College of Music in Other Music, which is 0.541 times less than the 364 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%

100% Completion Time

57%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 47% of students graduating from Berklee College of Music completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 59% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (71.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Berklee College of Music is Female and Asian (71.4% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 14.6% of graduates (91 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    594 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    249 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    121 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Berklee College of Music is white (594 degrees awarded). There were 2.39 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (249 degrees).

15% of degree recipients (249 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    381 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    213 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    70 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Berklee College of Music is white male (381 degrees awarded). There were 1.79 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (213 degrees).

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Operations

Berklee College of Music has an endowment valued at nearly $359M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $37.2M (10.4%), compared to the 2.38% average return ($240k on $10.1M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2017, Berklee College of Music had a total expenditure of $268M. Of that $268M, they spent $117M on salaries and $268M on benefits.

Berklee College of Music employs 181 Professors, 118 Associate professors, and 46 Assistant professors. Most academics at Berklee College of Music are Male Professors (127), Male Associate professors(83), and Female Professors (54).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Berklee College of Music are: Management, with 192 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 115 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 101 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$359M

2017 Endowment

13.4%

growth from 2016

Berklee College of Music has an endowment valued at about $359M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Berklee College of Music grew 13.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $349M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $837k - Federal

  2. $90.3k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Berklee College of Music received $837k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $90.3k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$117M

Salary Expenditure

$268M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Berklee College of Music had a total expenditure of $268M. Of that $268M, they spent $117M on salaries and $268M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$117M

2017 Salaries

6.35%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Berklee College of Music paid a median of $117M in salaries, which represents 43.5% of their overall expenditure ($268M) and a 6.35% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.45% growth from 2015 and a 8.52% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.59M (39.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.8M

Instructional Salaries

349

Number of Employees

In 2017, Berklee College of Music paid a total of $29.8M to 349 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $1.02M (18.6%) for similar Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

181 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

192 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Berklee College of Music were Professor with 181 employees; Associate professor with 118 employees; and Associate professor with 46 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Berklee College of Music were Management with 192 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 115 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 101 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Berklee College of Music was Male Professor with 127 employees, Male Associate professor with 83 employees, and Female Professor with 54 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Berklee College of Music.

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