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 203K citations received by 10.2K academic papers made by 225 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 between 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 the university website.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

1. Columbia University

For Music

#1 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$22,126

2. Ohio State University

For Music

#3 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
84%

3. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

For Music

#4 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
70%

4. Stanford University

For Music

#5 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$20,023

5. University of Washington - Seattle

For Music

#6 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1327
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
56%

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For Music

#7 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1545
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$19,998

7. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

For Music

#9 in the World
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
66%

8. Indiana University - Bloomington

For Music

#10 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

9. Florida State University

For Music

#11 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1285
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
96%

10. Northwestern University

For Music

#13 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1490
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$28,344

11. Harvard University

For Music

#16 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,037

12. Cornell University

For Music

#17 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1470
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,522

13. University of California-San Diego

For Music

#20 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

14. Michigan State University

For Music

#24 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
71%

15. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

For Music

#25 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1350
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

16. University of California - Los Angeles

For Music

#28 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$15,461
Enrollment
44,589

17. New York University

For Music

#31 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$45,417

18. University of Rochester

For Music

#33 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$36,254

19. University of California - Berkeley

For Music

#35 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
63%

20. Washington University in St Louis

For Music

#41 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,233

21. University of Texas at Austin

For Music

#42 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1340
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
66%

22. University of Maryland - College Park

For Music

#43 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
67%

23. Purdue University

For Music

#45 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
61%

24. University of Cincinnati

For Music

#49 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
93%

25. Georgia Institute of Technology

For Music

#50 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1450
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
73%

26. University of Iowa

For Music

#52 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

27. Bowling Green State University

For Music

#53 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
95%

28. Boston University

For Music

#57 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1405
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$29,154

29. Carnegie Mellon University

For Music

#59 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$36,983

30. Georgia State University

For Music

#62 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1145
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
95%

31. University of Southern California

For Music

#64 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$39,759

32. Arizona State University - Tempe

For Music

#65 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

33. Duke University

For Music

#66 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$26,932

34. Yale University

For Music

#68 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$17,511

35. University of California - Irvine

For Music

#70 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%

36. Pennsylvania State University

For Music

#75 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$8,719
Enrollment
40,363

37. University of Kansas

For Music

#76 in the World
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
85%

38. University of Arizona

For Music

#79 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1220
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
95%

39. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

For Music

#81 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
98%

40. University of Chicago

For Music

#84 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1535
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$36,584

41. University of Connecticut

For Music

#87 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
77%

42. University of North Texas

For Music

#89 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1145
Average ACT
24
Receiving Aid
85%

43. University of Colorado Boulder

For Music

#90 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
67%

44. University of Wisconsin - Madison

For Music

#92 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
58%

45. Temple University

For Music

#93 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Receiving Aid
91%
Average Aid
$11,161
Enrollment
37,236

46. Rutgers University - New Brunswick

For Music

#94 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
66%

47. Princeton University

For Music

#104 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,685

48. University of Pennsylvania

For Music

#107 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,167

49. Case Western Reserve University

For Music

#108 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$36,002

50. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

For Music

#113 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
66%

51. University of California - Davis

For Music

#114 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
74%

52. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For Music

#117 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average SAT
1385
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
64%

53. University of California - Riverside

For Music

#118 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1180
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
91%

54. Texas Tech University

For Music

#119 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1155
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
86%

55. University of Georgia

For Music

#120 in the World
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
92%

56. Emory University

For Music

#122 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$25,672

57. University of Kentucky

For Music

#125 in the World
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average SAT
1175
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
95%

58. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For Music

#130 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1070
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
87%

59. Kent State University at Kent

For Music

#133 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
97%

60. University of Miami

For Music

#137 in the World
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Net Price
$31,726

61. Johns Hopkins University

For Music

#141 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$25,241

62. University of Florida

For Music

#145 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
91%

63. University of Alabama

For Music

#149 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
85%

64. University of Missouri - Columbia

For Music

#151 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
93%

65. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

For Music

#152 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

66. University of Utah

For Music

#154 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

67. Brigham Young University - Provo

For Music

#156 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1305
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$13,150

68. University of Arkansas

For Music

#159 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average SAT
1185
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

69. East Carolina University

For Music

#161 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1095
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
81%

70. Ithaca College

For Music

#163 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Net Price
$35,904
Receiving Aid
98%
Average Aid
$28,109

71. Dartmouth College

For Music

#166 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,525

72. Drexel University

For Music

#168 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$39,463

73. Rochester Institute of Technology

For Music

#169 in the World
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$36,514

74. Ball State University

For Music

#170 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Receiving Aid
90%
Average Aid
$12,049
Enrollment
21,597

75. University of California - Santa Barbara

For Music

#172 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

76. Tufts University

For Music

#173 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$32,720

77. University of South Carolina - Columbia

For Music

#174 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
94%

78. Syracuse University

For Music

#175 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Net Price
$47,177
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$25,864

79. University of Pittsburgh

For Music

#180 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average SAT
1332
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
78%

80. University of South Florida

For Music

#183 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
92%

81. University of California - Santa Cruz

For Music

#184 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
67%

82. University of California - San Francisco

For Music

#185 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,201
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1864

83. Northern Illinois University

For Music

#189 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Receiving Aid
99%
Average Aid
$11,848
Enrollment
16,769

84. University of Oregon

For Music

#190 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1190
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
89%

85. George Mason University

For Music

#198 in the World
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
75%

86. University of Hartford

For Music

#199 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$28,692

87. University of Nevada - Las Vegas

For Music

#202 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
96%

88. University of Houston

For Music

#215 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

89. Hanover College

For Music

#218 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1145
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$22,389

90. University of Massachusetts - Amherst

For Music

#230 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
90%

91. University of Texas at San Antonio

For Music

#236 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
87%

92. University of Texas at El Paso

For Music

#237 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$9,673
Enrollment
24,879

93. Haverford College

For Music

#238 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Average SAT
1440
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$25,215

94. University of St Thomas - Minnesota

For Music

#240 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$31,799

95. Brown University

For Music

#241 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,659

96. University of Memphis

For Music

#242 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1095
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
98%

97. University of Oklahoma - Norman

For Music

#246 in the World
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
95%

98. University of Texas at Dallas

For Music

#249 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
82%

99. Texas A&M University - College Station

For Music

#251 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
81%

100. University of Central Florida

For Music

#255 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average SAT
1250
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
94%

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