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    New England Conservatory Of Music - [NEC], Massachusetts, Boston

    Boston, MassachusettsLocation
    SchoolSchool type
    Estd 1867established year
    844enrollment
    7.6/10

    New England Conservatory of Music: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The New England Conservatory of Music aims to educate and train musicians from around the world. NEC is a private internationally recognized institute regarded as a leader among music schools of the world providing higher education in the USA to students. 

    NEC created a new model of a conservatory with the best of European tradition combined with American innovation and is the oldest music school in the USA. The New England Conservatory of Music was established in 1867 in Boston, Massachusetts by Eben Tourjée.

    The institute teaches and educates musicians of all age groups from every side of the world, drawing on the talent and deep pool of experience of the prominent faculty. The curriculum designed by this institute helps a person to be a musician with artistic integrity, a responsible citizen and an active life-long learner in both musical and academic disciplines.

    Every year around 750 students enroll at NEC for their higher studies. New England Conservatory (NEC) offers courses like Bachelor of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music as well as the Undergraduate Diploma, Artist Diploma and Graduate Diploma.

    It does not discriminate based on color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, etc.

    Rankings

    • New England Conservatory of Music is Ranked #7 of 138 in ‘Best colleges for music in America.’
    • According to college factual 2020 rankings, New England Conservatory of Music ranks among the top 5% of the Most Popular Colleges for Music and the top 1% of the Most Focused College in Music and Visual and Performing Arts.

    Highlights

    Institute Type Private
    Year of Establishment  1867
    Campus Setting URBAN
    Total Enrollment 750
    Full-Time Full-Time, Online
    Campus Housing Facilities 255
    Annual Endowment USD 89.6 MILLION
    Website necmusic.edu

    Programs, Campus, and Residence

    Programs

    NeC offers several undergraduate and graduate programs. Courses offered here are:

    • Undergraduate programs in Bachelor of Music Degree (BM), which is a 4-year program.
    • Dual degree programs, which is a 5-year course for students who have an interest in music as well as other fields.
    • Graduate programs in the Master of Music degree, which is a 2-year program.
    • Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA), which includes 8-10 credits per semester to complete this degree.
    • The Artist Diploma (AD)
    • Certificate Programs

    Campus

    The campus is located at 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts. It comprises of three buildings on both sides of Gainsborough Street, in the middle of St. Botolph Street and Huntington Avenue.

    NEC is home to America's most distinguished concert halls- Jordan Hall. The music school also consists of the Brown Hall, Williams Hall, Keller Room, Pierce Hall and Other rooms used flexibly as concert spaces.

    Residence

    All incoming UG students are required to stay in the Residence Halls of NEC for the first four semesters of their program. Whereas, graduate students or transfer students can choose whether to stay on-campus or look for affordable student housing near the college.

    • The residence hall offers suites, double and single rooms for the students with a total occupancy of around 250 beds. The annual pricing ranging from 16,500 USD to 21,000 USD. 
    • All residents are required to have a meal plan at the Green Room Cafe. The fee for the meal plan is included in the room and board fee.
    • Each guest and visitor must show a valid photo issued by the government for verification before entering the building.

    New England Conservatory of Music Application Process

    Application: Online

    Application Fee: 125 USD. Early Applications can be offered a discount on the application fee for admissions to NEC.

    Application deadline: Applications for admission in September must be submitted by December 1 and Applications for admission in January are accepted only on a space-available basis.

    Application Requirements:

    • Completed application form
    • Submit pre-screening recording
    • Academic transcripts
    • Essay
    • Artistic resume
    • English proficiency documentation – IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
    • Application fee 
    • Electronic versions of academic transcripts
    • Live auditions are planned after submission of a completed application process.

    Cost of Attendance

    Bachelor of Music, Undergraduate Diploma:

    Expenses Fee
    Tuition Fees USD 49,580
    Room & Board Fees USD 16,500
    Comprehensive Fee USD 880
    Health Insurance USD 2,236
    Health Center USD 560
    Total Estimated Expenses USD 69,756

    Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts:

    Expenses Fee
    Tuition Fees USD 49,580
    Room & Board Fees USD 16,500
    Health Center USD 560
    Comprehensive Fee USD 880
    Health Insurance USD 2,687
    Total Estimated Expenses USD 70,207

    Graduate Diploma, Artist Diploma:

    Expenses Fee
    Tuition Fees USD 48,340
    Room & Board Fees USD 16,500
    Health Centre USD 560
    Comprehensive Fee USD 880
    Health Insurance USD 2,687
    Total Estimated Expenses USD 68,967

    Scholarships and Financial Aid at New England Conservatory of Music

    Most of the applicants are provided Financial Aid package that affiliates various awards. NEC gives financial support to the world’s best young musicians with financial need and scholarships on merit and needs basis. Every year, more than 90% of the students at New England Conservatory of Music receive scholarships.

    Types of Scholarships:

    • NEC Scholarship- These scholarships are offered to full-time students at New England Conservatory of Music. To be eligible for the same, students are required to complete additional financial information provided during the application process. 
    • NEC From the Top Scholarship- Offered by NEC in partnership with the From the Top program. Fundings of about 7,500 USD per academic year are offered to the students. 
    • NEC Beneficent Society Scholarship- Offered to current students at NEC, this is a one-time need-based scholarship funded by various private bodies. 
    • Tourjée Scholarship- This award was established by the NEC Alumni Council in 1985. Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award is awarded towards the first-year tuition of a graduating student or NEC alumni who plans to pursue further education at NEC

    Several students and families take education loans for financing their college education.

    Types of Loans :

    • Federal Direct Stafford Loan, which has further 2 types – (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans) which are accessible only to domestic undergraduates who reveal the financial needs and which are available to domestic students regardless of their financial need respectively.
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loan which is accessible to graduate students and parents of a dependant under graduated students.
    • Private Student Loans are accessible to undergraduate and graduate students and their families.

    International students can look for other financial aid opportunities as well such as international scholarships awarded by private organizations in the USA or specific home countries.

    Alumni Network

    Benefits provided by the Alumni:

    Every NEC Alumni is considered to be a member of the Alumni Association and are given special benefits, both on campus and through partner organizations.

    • An advantage to access the library with the Alumni ID card and a refundable deposit of USD 30.
    • Services and discounts on brands like Hotel storm, Zipcar, Clarion Associates. Inc, Music Pro Insurance, Drive Data Recovery.

    A few of the notable alumni include:

    • Vic Firth – percussionist
    • Cecil Taylor – jazz pianist
    • Denyce Graves – famed American opera
    • Roberto Diaz – violist and faculty member of the most outstanding viola programs in the world. 

    Find a Program


    4 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 01

    Application Deadline

    COLLEGE STUDENT REVIEWS

    A
    7.7 / 10
    $47,9001st YEAR
    FEES

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 01

    Application Deadline

    $47,9001st YEAR
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    4 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 01

    Application Deadline

    $47,9001st YEAR
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    4 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 01

    Application Deadline


    4 years

    Course Duration

    Dec 01

    Application Deadline

    New England Conservatory of Music Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
    Student Population
    891
    FAFSA Code
    002194
    Application Cost
    $120
    Accreditation
    NEASC
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $47,900 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    New England Conservatory of Music Acceptance Rate

    32.8 %

    acceptance rate

    1216

    total applicants

    891

    total enrolled

    Male
    Female

    54.9%

    Male

    45.1%

    Female

    Undergraduate
    Undergraduate Programs
    32.8%
    Total Applicants
    1344
    Total Enrolled
    441
    Graduate
    Graduate Programs
    32.8%
    Total Applicants
    1372
    Total Enrolled
    450

    New England Conservatory of Music enrollment

    Enrollment
    New England Conservatory of Music Enrollment
    891
    Undergraduate Enrollment
    441
    Graduate Enrollment
    450
    Graduation Rate
    Average Graduation Rate
    83.2%

    Attendance Cost

    $47,900

    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $47,900 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $47,900 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $500 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $15,700 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,900 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $15,700 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,900 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $2,734 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,900 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    Program wise accreditation
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music

    Faculty

    total facultyfull timepart timegraduate assistants
    584220773765-

    College Rating

    Based on 7 Students Rating

    7.6 out of 10
    8.4/10Academic
    7.7/10Accommodation
    8.1/10Faculty
    8.1/10Infrastructure
    7.6/10Placement
    8.0/10Social Life

    Reviews

    HA
    5.8 /10

    New England Conservatory educates and trains musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of the distinguished faculty. They are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. My GPA was 8. I had applied through a common application form along with an application fee of $125, which was quite high in my opinion.

    Course Curriculum :

    Most graduate students at NEC pursue the Master of Music degree. This is a two-year program of immersive training in performance, composition, or research, supplemented by graduate-level academic courses in musicology and music theory, repertoire classes, and electives drawn from across NEC disciplines. NEC graduate students also participate in frequent masterclasses with musical luminaries.

    7 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    PP
    6.5 /10

    Believing that a vital and diverse community is built on the respect of individuals, NEC fosters an atmosphere of intellectual and artistic freedom, and encourages the open exchange of ideas and creative initiatives. My GPA was 9, and I was required to submit a common application with a high application fee of $125.

    Course Curriculum :

    Entrepreneurial Musicianship at NEC fosters a proactive mindset of that will be your foundation in creating a life in music. The EM department provides individualized resources including advising, workshops, internships, fellowships, grants, and gig opportunities to help each student build a creative career. In addition, all undergraduates take a required course, The Entrepreneurial Musician, usually in the junior year, to develop a toolkit for professional success.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    ap
    8.5 /10

    In my high school, I used to perform and want to do something different in my career and wanted to pursue music as my career so I searched colleges for music I found this college and filled the application form from the official website and paid the fee as $125.

    Course Curriculum :

    The Course is teaching me not just how to play instruments also how to feel the music and perform.

    10 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    CN
    7.3 /10

    Since my school time, I have been very fond of sports and physical training activities. So in order to convert my hobby to my passion, I had made my decision to pursue my graduation in the health and training field. Fortunately, I reached this university and got admission into my desired course.

    Course Curriculum :

    Most graduate students at NEC pursue a Master of Music degree. This is a two-year program of immersive training in performance, composition, or research, supplemented by graduate-level academic courses in musicology and music theory, repertoire classes, and electives drawn from across NEC disciplines. NEC graduate students also participate in frequent masterclasses with musical luminaries.

    8 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    AK
    7.7 /10

    From my childhood, I was interested in music. So I decided to pursue music after high school as my higher studies. I came to know about this college from one of my relatives and then I checked the reviews of the college online before deciding to fill the form online for $125.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is designed in a way so that students can learn and experiment with advanced concepts of music but at the same time maintains an interest in the field. The purpose of the course is to focus on pedagogy, education, guided internships, and teaching to facilitate subsequent career opportunities with arts organizations, schools, and institutions of higher education.

    8 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
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    290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-5018
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    Northeastern University Bookstore0.21 km
    Berklee College of Music Bookstore0.69 km
    Barnes & Noble0.80 km
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    Hospital Helipad1.70 km
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    Whole Foods Market2.90 km
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    Boston (Copley) - Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates1.14 km
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