Berklee College of Music

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$46,950
3.26% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$46,873
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.07%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
54.2%
7,286 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
8,282
78.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
67.6%
761 Graduates

About

Berklee College of Music is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Berklee College of Music were Other Computer Software & Media Applications (379 degrees awarded), Other Music (238 degrees), and General Music Performance (219 degrees).

In 2022, 1,938 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Berklee College of Music. 40.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 59.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (771 degrees), 3.97 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (194 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Berklee College of Music is $46,950, which is $32,009 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Berklee College of Music is $46,950, which is $32,009 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $46,873.

In 2022, 50% of undergraduate students attending Berklee College of Music received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 31% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$46,950
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Berklee College of Music was $46,950. The cost of tuition at Berklee College of Music is $32,009 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

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Average Net Price

$46,873
2022 Value
2.46%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Berklee College of Music had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $46,873. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Berklee College of Music grew by 2.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,676
Room and Board
$474
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Berklee College of Music was of $16,676 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.561% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $474. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
31%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

50% of undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 38.3% with respect to 2021, when 81% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.07%
2019 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Berklee College of Music was 2.07%, which represents 25 out of the 1206 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Berklee College of Music received 7,286 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.275% annual growth. Out of those 7,286 applicants, 3,951 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 54.2% acceptance rate.

There were 8,282 students enrolled at Berklee College of Music in 2022.

Berklee College of Music has an overall enrollment yield of 41.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

54.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
3,951
Accepted Out of 7,286

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Berklee College of Music was 54.2% (3,951 admissions from 7,286 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 55.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.275%, while admissions declined by −1.45%..

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Enrollment

Berklee College of Music had a total enrollment of 8,282 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Berklee College of Music is 6,521 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,761. This means that 78.7% 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 40% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 5.93% Black or African American, 5.48% Asian, 4.77% Two or More Races, 0.157% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.157% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Berklee College of Music in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (22.7%), followed by White Female (16.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.67%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (19.1%), followed by White Female (16.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.33%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Berklee College of Music in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,282 students. The full-time enrollment at Berklee College of Music is 6,521 and the part-time enrollment is 1,761. This means that 78.7% of students enrolled at Berklee College of Music are enrolled full-time compared with 71.2% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2022 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 (73%), 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 (2022)
  1. White
    3,315 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    969 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    491 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Berklee College of Music is 40% White, 11.7% Hispanic or Latino, 5.93% Black or African American, 5.48% Asian, 4.77% Two or More Races, 0.157% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.157% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 42.1% White, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.1% 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, 164 students (1.98%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 360 fewer women than men received degrees from Berklee College of Music. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Berklee College of Music is white (771 degrees awarded). There were 3.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (194 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Berklee College of Music is Other Computer Software & Media Applications (379 degrees awarded), followed by Other Music (238 degrees) and General Music Performance (219 degrees).

In 2022,  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 (1,191 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (263 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (424 degrees).

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 (1,650,227 people), Registered nurses (1,460,120 people), Software developers (610,408 people), Secondary school teachers (498,310 people), and Other managers (329,909 people).

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music in 2022 are Visual & Performing Arts (1,191 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (263 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (424 degrees), Education (26 degrees), and Health (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, Architectural & engineering managers, and Physician assistants

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Visual & Performing Arts (1,191 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (263 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (424 degrees), Education (26 degrees), and Health (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (3,039,343 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,676,396 people), Computer Systems Design (719,290 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (517,467 people), and Outpatient care centers (305,619 people).

The most specialized majors at Berklee College of Music are Visual & Performing Arts (1,191 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (263 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (424 degrees), Education (26 degrees), and Health (34 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2021)
  1. 338 degrees awarded
  2. 216 degrees awarded
  3. 188 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Berklee College of Music was Other Computer Software & Media Applications with 338 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,149
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
789
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,149 degrees were awarded to men at Berklee College of Music, which is 1.46 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (789).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 288 degrees were awarded to men at Berklee College of Music in Other Computer Software & Media Applications, which is 2.12 times more than the 136 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 137 degrees were awarded to men at Berklee College of Music in Music Management, which is 1.01 times more than the 136 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

57%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 57% 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, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (76.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Berklee College of Music is Female and Black or African American (76.2% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 12.5% of graduates (95 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    771 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    194 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    110 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Berklee College of Music is white (771 degrees awarded). There were 3.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (194 degrees).

2.53% of degree recipients (49 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    477 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    294 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    113 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Berklee College of Music is white male (477 degrees awarded). There were 1.62 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (294 degrees).

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Operations

Berklee College of Music has an endowment valued at nearly $407M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−10.1%) compared to the 0.21% average return (24.5k on 11.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2022, Berklee College of Music had a total salary expenditure of 296M. Berklee College of Music employs 170 Professors, 123 Associate professors and 57 Assistant professors. Most academics at Berklee College of Music are Male Professor (112), Male Associate professor (77), and Female Professor (58).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Berklee College of Music are: Management, with 255 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 163 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 139 employees.

Endowment

$407M
2022 Endowment
8.97%
decline from 2021

Berklee College of Music has an endowment valued at about $407M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Berklee College of Music declined 8.97% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $395M 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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Salary Expenditure

$149M
2022 Salaries
20.8%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Berklee College of Music paid a median of $149M in salaries, which represents 50.2% of their overall expenditure ($296M) and a 20.8% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.17M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33.9M
Instructional Salaries
352
Number of Employees

In 2022, Berklee College of Music paid a total of $33.9M to 352 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $975k (30.7%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
170 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
255 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Berklee College of Music were Professor with 170 employees, Associate professor with 123 employees, and Assistant professor with 57 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Berklee College of Music were Management with 255 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 163 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 139 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Berklee College of Music was Male Professor with 112 employees, Male Associate professor with 77 employees, and Female Professor with 58 employees.

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

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