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Cleveland Institute of Music Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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With an acceptance rate of 43.7%, the institute has around 400 students currently enrolled in various courses. The admissions policy is quite selective. Applications for spring and fall semesters begin in October and December respectively.

  • Applicants can apply through CIM Application Portal
  • SAT/ACT scores are not mandatory (only required for home schooled applicants)
  • GRE/GMAT scores are not required for graduate admissions
  • Auditions are mandatory and play a decisive role in the acceptance of an applicants
  • Late admission fee is charged, if the deadlines are missed.

Cleveland Institute of Music Highlights

Application PortalVisa Process for International StudentsOnline
Application Fee$ 110
Acceptance Rate43.7 %
Mode of PaymentOnline
ACT code3250
SAT code1124
SAT Score1200
Average ACT21
TOEFL Score61
IELTS Score6
Application DeadlinesVaries for Fall and Spring semester.
Academic CalendarSemester

Cleveland Institute of Music Admission Deadlines

Applicants must apply by the following deadlines. In case of delay, late application fee of 160 USD is chaenged.

FALL 2020
Early Decision Deadline1st December 2019
Early Decision Deadline1st October 2019

Cleveland Institute of Music International Admissions

International students must submit additional admission related documents along with their admission forms. They also need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Currently, around 30% international students are studying at the institute

Admission Requirements for International applicants

International students must submit:

  • Official transcript which has been translated by any NACES certified organization.
  • Official transcript of previously attended institute in case of graduate students.
  • Two letters of recommendation to be submitted before 1st January.
  • I-20 visa.

English Language Requirements 

English Proficiency Tests are compulsory for international students. The minimum scores required for masters and bachelors programs are the same. The score for acceptance in the university is different and higher from the score required for being considered for auditions.

Test NameScore Required
For being considered for auditions
For acceptance
Doctor Of Musical Arts

Visa Process for International Students

  • The international students must have a valid F-1 student visa with them for various official purposes.
  • The International Student’s Office has to be consulted in case there is any problem related to the visa. Applicants can mail request for invitation from CIM at
  • The students must also submit a copy of these documents for the issue of Form I-20.
    • Valid passport
    • Photographs.
    • Letter of recommendation from valid authority.
    • I-20 certification of financial statement
  • Apply for F-1 Visa
  • Schedule visa interview

Cleveland Institute of Music Undergraduate Admissions

Cleveland Institute of Music offers various undergraduate courses to its students in courses like Music Theory, Violin, Guitar, and Audio Recording.

Application Portal: CIM Application Portal

Application Fee: $ 110

Academic Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts
    • Translations of transcripts provided by NACES.
  • GPA of 1.77.
  • Only the home-school students are required to submit their SAT scores for admission purpose. The AP credits are also considered for admission purpose.
  • Certificate of diploma for students who have availed a diploma course.
  • Live audition, Highly recommended.
  • Letter of recommendation from the local superintendent of schools.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency, for international applicants.

Cleveland Institute of Music Graduate Admissions

Cleveland Institute of Music also offers various graduate courses to students in courses related to music like Guitar, Piano, Trumpet and Flute. The admission portal and application fee for the graduate courses is same undergraduate courses. The admission requirements for the graduate courses are mentioned below:

Application Fees: $ 110

Admission Requirements:

  • GPA- 2.75
  • GRE/GMAT are not required.
  • Transcripts of all the institute from where the student has pursued his/her undergraduate course.
  • The bio-data of the applicant.
  • An essay of around 600 describing why the student would like to pursue a career in that particular course.
  • 2 Letter of recommendation.
  • Proof of ELP for international applicants.

The music institute is known to offer bachelors and masters programs in music and instruments. With 1200 continuing and preparatory students and 400 enrolled students, the institute has a closely knit community of musicians. The admissions decisions are majorly based on skill and performance in the auditions. International applicants are recommended to undergo live auditions, even though virtual auditions are available for some courses.

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