100 Best Music schools in the United States

Below is the list of best universities in the United States ranked based on their research performance in Music. A graph of 257K citations received by 11.7K academic papers made by 220 universities in the United States was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with an official site as it's constantly changing data.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

  1. For Music

    Indiana University - Bloomington logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1255
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    84%
  2. For Music

    Ohio State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    54%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    79%
  3. For Music

    Columbia University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $21,828
  4. For Music

    Stanford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    4%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $16,779
  5. For Music

    University of Washington - Seattle logo
    Acceptance Rate
    52%
    Average SAT
    1345
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    57%
  6. For Music

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1540
    Average ACT
    35
    Net Price
    $20,465
  7. For Music

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor logo
    Acceptance Rate
    23%
    Average SAT
    1435
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  8. For Music

    University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Average SAT
    1340
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    64%
  9. For Music

    University of California-San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    31%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  10. For Music

    Harvard University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,030
  11. For Music

    Northwestern University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Average SAT
    1495
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $26,196
  12. For Music

    Florida State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    36%
    Average SAT
    1270
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  13. For Music

    Cornell University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1480
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $28,921
  14. For Music

    University of California - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Average SAT
    1415
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  15. For Music

    Michigan State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Average SAT
    1210
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  16. For Music

    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  17. For Music

    University of Texas at Austin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    67%
  18. For Music

    University of Rochester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Average SAT
    1405
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $32,939
  19. For Music

    New York University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1440
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $37,739
  20. For Music

    University of Iowa logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  21. For Music

    University of California - Berkeley logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1430
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  22. For Music

    Boston University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Average SAT
    1425
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $29,479
  23. For Music

    University of Cincinnati logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    75%
  24. For Music

    Yale University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,073
  25. For Music

    Bowling Green State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    990
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    95%
  26. For Music

    Washington University in St Louis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Average SAT
    1520
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $27,108
  27. For Music

    University of Maryland - College Park logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1375
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  28. For Music

    University of California - Irvine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1295
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  29. For Music

    Princeton University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1515
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,712
  30. For Music

    Georgia State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1155
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  31. For Music

    University of Kansas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    93%
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
    Average Aid
    $10,073
  32. For Music

    Carnegie Mellon University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $30,618
  33. For Music

    University of Southern California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $37,521
  34. For Music

    Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Average SAT
    1195
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  35. For Music

    Purdue University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    60%
    Average SAT
    1315
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  36. For Music

    Arizona State University - Tempe logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  37. For Music

    University of Wisconsin - Madison logo
    Acceptance Rate
    54%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  38. For Music

    University of Colorado Boulder logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1250
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  39. For Music

    Duke University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Average SAT
    1525
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $24,386
  40. For Music

    Georgia Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    21%
    Average SAT
    1405
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    69%
  41. For Music

    Rutgers University - New Brunswick logo
    Acceptance Rate
    61%
    Average SAT
    1320
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    71%
  42. For Music

    Temple University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    60%
    Receiving Aid
    90%
    Average Aid
    $10,364
    Enrollment
    38,794
  43. For Music

    University of Arizona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Average SAT
    1235
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  44. For Music

    University of Chicago logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1535
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $34,719
  45. For Music

    University of Oregon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1205
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  46. For Music

    University of Connecticut logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1305
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    75%
  47. For Music

    Case Western Reserve University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1425
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $35,890
  48. For Music

    Pennsylvania State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1190
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    73%
  49. For Music

    University of Alabama logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Average SAT
    1210
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    79%
  50. For Music

    University of North Texas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Average SAT
    1155
    Average ACT
    24
    Receiving Aid
    82%
  51. For Music

    University of Pennsylvania logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $24,771
  52. For Music

    University of Missouri - Columbia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    89%
  53. For Music

    University of California - Davis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  54. For Music

    Kent State University at Kent logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Average SAT
    1135
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  55. For Music

    Emory University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $25,942
  56. For Music

    University of Miami logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Net Price
    $33,102
  57. For Music

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1095
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    88%
  58. For Music

    University of Georgia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Average SAT
    1330
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  59. For Music

    University of Florida logo
    Acceptance Rate
    37%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    92%
  60. For Music

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill logo
    Acceptance Rate
    23%
    Average SAT
    1405
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  61. For Music

    University of Pittsburgh logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1350
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  62. For Music

    University of Utah logo
    Acceptance Rate
    62%
    Average SAT
    1262
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  63. For Music

    Texas Tech University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1165
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  64. For Music

    University of California - Riverside logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  65. For Music

    University of Kentucky logo
    Acceptance Rate
    96%
    Average SAT
    1195
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    94%
  66. For Music

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Average SAT
    1285
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    65%
  67. For Music

    Vanderbilt University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $25,855
  68. For Music

    Johns Hopkins University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1510
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $28,999
  69. For Music

    East Carolina University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Average SAT
    1115
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    79%
  70. For Music

    Ithaca College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    73%
    Net Price
    $34,942
    Receiving Aid
    97%
    Average Aid
    $27,735
  71. For Music

    Tufts University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $26,280
  72. For Music

    Brigham Young University - Provo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1315
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $13,340
  73. For Music

    Dartmouth College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Average SAT
    1500
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $23,869
  74. For Music

    Rochester Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Average SAT
    1315
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $33,744
  75. For Music

    University of Nebraska - Lincoln logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  76. For Music

    Drexel University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $38,025
  77. For Music

    Ball State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Receiving Aid
    91%
    Average Aid
    $11,650
    Enrollment
    22,443
  78. For Music

    University of South Florida logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    1250
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  79. For Music

    University of South Carolina - Columbia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1275
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    95%
  80. For Music

    University of California - Santa Cruz logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  81. For Music

    Syracuse University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1280
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $43,111
  82. For Music

    University of Texas at Dallas logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Average SAT
    1350
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  83. For Music

    University of Hartford logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1130
    Average ACT
    25
    Net Price
    $29,141
  84. For Music

    University of California - Santa Barbara logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  85. For Music

    Northern Illinois University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    1055
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    97%
  86. For Music

    Haverford College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1460
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $22,837
  87. For Music

    University of Delaware logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Average SAT
    1255
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    88%
  88. For Music

    University of Oklahoma - Norman logo
    Acceptance Rate
    80%
    Average SAT
    1210
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    96%
  89. For Music

    University of Houston logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Average SAT
    1225
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    87%
  90. For Music

    George Mason University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    87%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    74%
  91. For Music

    Hanover College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Average SAT
    1135
    Average ACT
    24
    Net Price
    $22,376
  92. For Music

    University of Massachusetts - Amherst logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    90%
  93. For Music

    University of Texas at San Antonio logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Average SAT
    1125
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    83%
  94. For Music

    Brown University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $27,218
  95. For Music

    University of Missouri - Kansas City logo
    Acceptance Rate
    61%
    Average SAT
    1155
    Average ACT
    25
    Receiving Aid
    92%
  96. For Music

    University of Tennessee - Knoxville logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    91%
  97. For Music

    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    78%
    Average Aid
    $5,280
  98. For Music

    University of Texas at El Paso logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    86%
    Average Aid
    $8,906
    Enrollment
    25,177
  99. For Music

    University of St Thomas - Minnesota logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1255
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $29,645
  100. For Music

    Colorado State University - Fort Collins logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1180
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    79%

The best cities to study Music in the United States based on the number of universities and their ranks are Bloomington, Columbus, New York, and Stanford.