New England Conservatory of Music Rankings

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Ranking Category
#3855 of 14,131 In the World
#1101 of 2,597 In North America
#1030 of 2,496 In the United States
#48 of 88 In Massachusetts
#12 of 24 In Boston
#372 of 1,051 For Music
#3703 of 5,426 For Art & Design
#5317 of 6,939 For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
#5813 of 6,044 For History

Quick Review

Acceptance rate
43%
Avg. cost to attend
$38,409 /y
Aid receiving
96%
Undergraduates
423
Graduates
404
Male:Female Ratio
52:48
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
necmusic.edu

New England Conservatory of Music Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

New England Conservatory of Music has an acceptance rate of 43% and is among the top 10% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 43% 48% 38%
Applicants 952 484 468
Admissions 412 232 180
Freshmen enrolled full time 85 44 41
Freshmen enrolled part time 5 4 1

87 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

Admissions requirements

Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Recommendations Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
College-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
SAT/ACT Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

Nonresident Alien 323 (39%)
White 320 (39%)
Asian 88 (11%)
Two or more races 48 (6%)
Black or African American 18 (2%)
Hispanic 17 (2%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 12 (1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend New England Conservatory of Music is $38,409 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$38,409/year
Average aid awarded
$23,478
Students receiving aid
96%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $9,495
$30-48K $23,245
$48-75K $15,351
$75-110K $34,540
$110K+ $34,221

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $52,730$52,730
Tuition in-state $52,730$52,730
Tuition out-of-state $52,730$52,730
Fee in-district $1,000$1,000
Fee in-state $1,000$1,000
Fee out-of-state $1,000$1,000

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 256
Combined charge for room and board $17,060
Room charge $12,380
Meal charge $5,680

New England Conservatory of Music majors

New England Conservatory of Music has granted 94 bachelor's degrees across 8 programs, 122 master's across 11 programs, and 6 doctorate degrees across 3 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at New England Conservatory of Music.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Stringed Instruments 34 32 1
Jazz & Jazz Studies 6 28 2
Voice and Opera 23 11
Keyboard Instruments 10 13
Music Theory and Composition 9 11 3
Woodwind Instruments 7 13
Brass Instruments 3 3
Conducting 5
Music Pedagogy 4
Percussion Instruments 2 1
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1
Grand Total 94 122 6

New England Conservatory of Music has a graduation rate of 83%, which is among the 10% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 83% 78% 89%
  • Full-time retention rate - 91%
  • Part-time retention rate - 100%

Publications & Citations

New England Conservatory of Music has published 125 scientific papers with 1,241 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Art & Design, Engineering, Physics, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Acoustical Engineering, Fashion Design, and Psychology.

Publications
125
Citations
1,241

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
98 / 1,064
Art & Design
65 / 985
Engineering
63 / 292
Physics
55 / 247
History
50 / 103
Sociology
49 / 180
Philosophy
47 / 880
Acoustical Engineering
42 / 185
Fashion Design
40 / 161
Psychology
40 / 234
Environmental Science
39 / 134
Music
34 / 125
Geography and Cartography
32 / 117
Literature
31 / 135
Biology
30 / 172
Computer Science
29 / 933
Political Science
29 / 151
Education Majors
28 / 165
Law
27 / 150
Mathematics
26 / 978
Art History
25 / 12
Geology
23 / 96
Medicine
21 / 164
Linguistics
21 / 831
Ecology
20 / 108
Business
20 / 101
Math Teachers
19 / 910
Archaeology
19 / 91
Management
17 / 51
Aesthetics
14 / 24
Oceanography
14 / 79
Forestry
13 / 74
Paleontology
13 / 75
Environmental Management
12 / 78
Chemistry
12 / 66
Economics
12 / 91
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
11 / 79
Social Psychology
10 / 104
Quantum and Particle physics
9 / 15
Earth science and Geophysics
9 / 72

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1 1
1991 4 0
1992 2 1
1993 0 1
1994 1 2
1995 2 2
1996 1 2
1997 1 3
1998 0 1
1999 1 0
2000 2 4
2001 2 2
2002 0 4
2003 3 0
2004 4 9
2005 6 9
2006 4 18
2007 0 36
2008 0 31
2009 2 57
2010 2 54
2011 1 43
2012 6 64
2013 7 71
2014 5 101
2015 3 83
2016 1 67
2017 5 45
2018 2 72
2019 7 65
2020 4 88
2021 8 120
2022 6 85

New England Conservatory of Music alumni

  1. Coretta Scott King

    Coretta Scott King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-2006 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    activistwriterpolitician
    Biography

    Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. from 1953 until his death. As an advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work. King met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They both became increasingly active in the American civil rights movement.

  2. Rose Kennedy

    Rose Kennedy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1890-1995 (aged 105)
    Occupations
    socialite
    Biography

    Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy was an American philanthropist, socialite, and matriarch of the Kennedy family. She was deeply embedded in the "lace curtain" Irish American community in Boston. Her father, John F. Fitzgerald, served in the Massachusetts State Senate (1892–1894), in the U.S. House of Representatives (1895–1901, 1919), and as Mayor of Boston (1906–1908, 1910–1914). Her husband, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., chaired the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1934-1935) and the U.S. Maritime Commission (1937–1938), and served as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1938–1940). Their nine children included United States President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.

  3. Walter Pidgeon

    Walter Pidgeon
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1897-1984 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    television actortrade unionistfilm actorsingerstage actor
    Biography

    Walter Davis Pidgeon was a Canadian-American actor. He earned two Academy Award for Best Actor nominations for his roles in Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Madame Curie (1943). Pidgeon also starred in many films such as How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Forbidden Planet (1956), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), Advise & Consent (1962), Funny Girl (1968), and Harry in Your Pocket (1973).

  4. Rachael Price

    Rachael Price
    Born in
    Australia Flag Australia
    Years
    1985-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    jazz musician
    Biography

    Rachael Price is an American jazz and blues singer, known for her work as the lead singer for the band Lake Street Dive. She was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Tennessee, graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. She is the great-granddaughter of Seventh-day Adventist leader George McCready Price, the granddaughter of Hollywood actor John Shelton, and the daughter of composer and conductor Tom Price.

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General info

Alternative names NEC
Founded 1867
Academic calendar September to May
Total FTE staff 358
Carnegie classification Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools

Location and contacts

Address 290 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-5018
United States
City population 676,000
Phone 6175851100

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