Curtis Institute of Music

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School Overview

Located in Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music offers programs that lead to a Bachelor of Music, Performance Diploma, Master of Music in Opera, and Professional Studies Certificate in Opera.

Curtis Institute of Music was founded in1924 by Mary Louise Bok, in honor of her father Cyrus Curtis. Under the advisement of some musician friends, including Leopold Stokowski and Josef Hofmann, Bok purchased and combined three mansions in Rittenhouse Square which she then converted into the school’s first campus–which is still in use today. She then hire a faculty of gifted performing artists and provided the school a $12 million endowment.

Several graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music have gone on to participate in the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Curtis Institute also offers programs for aspiring organists, pianists, composers, and singers.

Since only the number of students required to fill a single orchestra and opera company are admitted (between 150 and 170), admission to the Curtis Institute of Music is very competitive–in fact, the institution has a lower acceptance rate than any other university or college making it the most selective university in the country.

Curtis is an equal opportunities educator welcoming all races, though some would argue this was not always the case. In the 1950’s, Nina Simone, an applicant, claims her denile of acceptance was racially motivated, on the grounds that her credentials were impeccable and her audition outstanding.

General Information

Admission Office
1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6187
(215) 893-5262
Fax: (215) 893-7900

Contact: Christopher Hodges
Admissions Officer
Main Address
1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 893-5252

www.curtis.edu

Size
Total undergrads: 132
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 10
Degree-seeking undergrads: 132
Graduate enrollment: 29

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $150
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 11%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 100%


College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Curtis Institute of Music Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(215) 893-5252
Website:www.curtis.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address:1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:173
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):85%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:2 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:173 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$2,525
Out-of-state Tuition:$2,525
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:90%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,131

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Curtis Institute of Music Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Curtis Institute of Music.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Visual and Performing Arts721
Grand total721

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Curtis Institute of Music.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Curtis Institute of Music and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$2,525
Out-of-state$2,525
Books and supplies$1,707

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$2,525
Out-of-state$2,525

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1990%
Grant or scholarship aid1990%$9,131
Student loan aid733%$3,786

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid10480%$12,408
Federal student loans3829%$5,092

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Curtis Institute of Music. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Curtis Institute of Music students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants428223205
Percent admitted100%5%3%
Percent admitted who enrolled4%4%3%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Curtis Institute of Music Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment173
Undergraduate enrollment131
Graduate enrollment42

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Curtis Institute of Music Accreditation

This institution is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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