Manhattan School of Music Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Manhattan School of Music

The Manhattan School of Music is a music institute in New York City. The institution has undergraduate and graduate and doctoral degrees in voice, instrumental performance, jazz, and composition; graduate degrees in accompanying, orchestral performance, and contemporary performance and a doctorate in accompanying. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,008 (511 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male/50% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,300
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $15,785
  • Other Expenses: $4,600
  • Total Cost: $68,685

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 75%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 71%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,766
    • Loans: $6,310

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Composition, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Voice

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • Transfer Out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Overview of Manhattan School of Music Admissions

Since the Manhattan School of Music is a conservatory, students will need to audition as part of the admissions process, and admissions are quite competitive. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Manhattan School of Music Acceptance Rate: 38%
  • MSM has test-optional admissions
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: -/-
    • SAT Math: -/-
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: -/-
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for the Manhattan School of Music, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Manhattan School of Music is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for the Manhattan School of Music, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

New York University, Boston University, Indiana University–Bloomington, The New School, Curtis Institute of Music, Berklee College of Music

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Manhattan School of Music. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

The Juilliard School, Yale University, Northwestern University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Emory University, Vanderbilt University 

Applying to Manhattan School of Music

Application Deadline: March 1

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