2018 Best Colleges for Music Methodology

The 2018 Best Colleges for Music ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 25.0%
Percent Majoring in Music Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Music. U.S. Dept. of Education 17.5%
Music Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Music program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 12.5%
Acceptance Rate Percent of applicants accepted. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Music Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Music. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Student-Faculty Ratio Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Music Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Music program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Music Graduates Percent of total annual Music graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%

To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges.

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