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.
|UG Application Portal||Common Application; Official website|
|Annual Endowment||110.9 million USD|
|Student Retention Rate||95%|
|Mode of Programs||Full time; Part-time; Online|
|Campus Housing Capacity||NA|
|Annual Cost of Attendance||19,556 USD|
|English language proficiency score||TOEFL or equivalent|
|Financial Aid||Available as awards and scholarships|
The institute provides plethora of courses for international students including 7 degrees for music programs through,
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.
Application portal: Apply online at the official website
Application fee: 150 USD
Application deadline: December 16.
Basic Admission requirements
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 Expense||Cost (In USD)|
|Tuition & Fees||2,900|
|Books & Supplies||3,740|
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.
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.
As a part of the Curtis Alumni network, the alumnus enjoys the following perks,
Few notable alumni of Curtis include,
Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Gary Graffman, Jennifer Koh, Alan Gilbert and many more.
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.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$2,834 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Curtis Institute of Music Enrollment||174|
|Average Graduation Rate||81.2%|
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
|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|
|Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Performing Arts (International)
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#7 [Out of 100]
83.7 [Out of 100]
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