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CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1924Established Year
  175Enrollment

Curtis Institute of Music: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Encouraging artistry, the Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute of Music crafts and educates extraordinarily gifted young musicians to create and engage in a local and global community. Built in 1924, the institute is a highly selective organization of the US Education System with an acceptance rate of hardly 3% and thus enrolls only the cream of the crop.

The college currently has a student enrollment of only 175 students. Nearly 40% of these students are international candidates from over 20 countries across the globe and is one of the coveted choices among international artists seeking to study in the USA.

The institute guarantees that every youthful artist gets instruction of unmatched quality, recognized by a "learn by doing" reasoning and customized consideration from a staff that incorporates a high extent of effectively performing artists. Admissions at Curtis Institute of Music observe an application deadline of December 16 and requires a non refundable application fee of 150 USD from all its applicants. Note that it only accepts SAT scores when offering admissions.

Rankings

  • Music School Central ranked the institute at #2 in their list of top 15 music schools.
  • The state of Pennsylvania, in 2018, ranked it as 2nd Best Stringed Instruments School
  • The institute has also bagged #3 rank in Best Voice and Opera school, Best Piano and Organ School, Best Music Theory & Composition School, etc.

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Campus SettingUrban
UG Application PortalCommon Application; Official website
Annual Endowment110.9 million USD
Student Retention Rate95%
Work-Study ProgramNo
Mode of ProgramsFull time; Part-time; Online
Campus Housing CapacityNA
Annual Cost of Attendance19,556 USD
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as awards and scholarships
Admission Helpdesk215-717-3117

Programs, campus and accommodation

Campus

  • The institute is placed in the heart of Philadelphia, a thriving city and currently enrolls a total of 175 students.
  • Student council and the residence life staff organize student activities, spanning over movie nights, soccer games, trips around the city and more.
  • To take care of the physical and mental health of students, the campus also arranges for wellness events.
  • Rich in history and home to numerous art and cultural institutions, Philadelphia offers the students a chance at exploring variety of options
  • Most Philadelphia based organizations offer student rates on their tickets, occasionally even providing free tickets for Curtis students.

Housing facilities/Residence

  • Students living on campus get to be a part of the Lenfest Hall when seeking on-campus accommodation.
  • The hall has multiple suites, with about four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common area, equipped with Wi-fi.
  • There’s also a kitchenette and free laundry room provided in the building.
  • Other building amenities include, Dining hall, mailboxes, offices, Garden Terrace, Gould rehearsal hall, 32 studios which the students can access 24x7, Security attendants and cameras, among others.

Courses

The institute provides plethora of courses for international students including 7 degrees for music programs through,

  1. Diploma
  2. Bachelor of Music (General Music Performance, Music theory and Composition)
  3. Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (General Music)
  4. Master of Music in Opera and Voice.
  5. Professional Studies Certificate

The Diploma courses usually are of a duration ranging between two and four years whereas the Bachelor of Music program requires three to five years. The programs of study provided by the college include instruments like Brass, Composition, Conducting, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, String Quartet, Strings, Timpani and percussion, among others.

The Institute also provides various pre-college courses for its young, exceptionally talented aspirants and believes that music and art has no age limit.

Curtis Institute of Music Application Process

How to apply? 

Application portal: Apply online at the official website

Application fee: 150 USD

Application deadline: December 16.

Basic Admission requirements

  1. A complete high school/college transcript in English with grades and graduation date.
  2. SAT scores
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of purpose
  5. Resume
  6. Proof of financial support
  7. TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers) (79-80 iBT)
  8. International students would be required to submit an I-20 form along with SAT and TOEFL scores.

Curtis Institute of Music Cost of Attendance

For all the prospective candidates seeking to enroll at the institute in the coming academic year, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below.

Type of ExpenseCost (In USD)
Tuition & Fees2,900
Books & Supplies3,740
Living Costs17,452
Meals5,000
Transportation2,500
Personal3,500

Scholarships/ Financial Aid

The institute provides financial assistance in the form of Loans, On-campus employment, Reduced ensembles, Supplemental grants and scholarships to study in the USA. Students demonstrating financial need would be provided with the aid.

The scholarship amount for undergrad students is 43,590 USD and graduate students are 54,125 USD.

Merit-based awards: All the students seeking admission at the institute are eligible for these studentships solely on the basis of academic merit, artistic talent and promise. The students are selected on the basis of an audition conducted by the college.

Curtis Financial Assistance Award Sequence:

  • LOAN: Federal Direct or an alternative loan, as described below.

  • On-campus employment: On-campus employment is the second level of funding awarded in a financial-assistance package

  • Reduced ensemble: The financial assistance package may include an award labeled “reduced ensembles,” although the assignment may be to the lab orchestra and/or the opera orchestra.

  • Supplemental grants, including housing and dining assistance: Students, offered grant assistance are generally required to work a minimum number of hours each week in order to retain funding.

The students can also avail aids through other resources like U.S Government financial assistance, Alternative loan programs, International resources, among others. International candidates must get in touch with the ministry of higher education in their home country for help with the tuition amount or any other kind of financial assistance.

Alumni Network

As a part of the Curtis Alumni network, the alumnus enjoys the following perks,

  1. Transcripts
  2. Private teacher directory
  3. Freelance directory
  4. Curtis Archives
  5. Campus access, tours, private rooms
  6. Recordings
  7. Complimentary tickets
  8. Library privileges.

Few notable alumni of Curtis include,

Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Gary Graffman, Jennifer Koh, Alan Gilbert and many more.

Placements

Curtis alumni work as front rank of conductors, soloists and chamber musicians. Members of the world’s leading and every major American orchestra is the alumni of the institute who have sung for the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala and other big music platforms.

An average salary of the institute’s graduates as per PayScale survey results is 60,000 USD.

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Curtis Institute of Music Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population175
FAFSA Code003251
Application Cost$150
Accreditation MSCHE
Average Cost of Attendance$2,834 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Curtis Institute of Music Acceptance Rate

3.3%

Acceptance Rate

454

Total Applicants

174

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

54.0%

Male

46.0%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program3.3%
Total Applicants3996
Total Enrolled132
Graduate
Graduate Programs3.3%
Total Applicants1272
Total Enrolled42

Curtis Institute of Music Enrollment

Enrollment
Curtis Institute of Music Enrollment174
Undergraduate Enrollment132
Graduate Enrollment42
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate81.2%

Attendance Cost

$2,834

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$2,834 / Year
Post Graduate Program$2,675 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,958 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$13,558 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,802 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$16,009 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$5,360 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$6,616 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$6,697 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
1661691592-
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