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The New England Conservatory of Music

Total Grad Surveys 7
Females 5
Males 2
Avg years at University 2.0
Research Quality C+ (5.5)
Research Availability C- (4.0)
Research Funding D+ (3.3)
Graduate Politics F (0.8)
Not Errand Runners C- (3.6)
Degree Completion C- (4.0)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C- (3.8)
Sufficient Pay C- (3.7)
Competitiveness B- (6.1)
Education Quality B- (6.1)
Faculty Accessibility B- (5.8)
Useful Research C+ (5.4)
"Individual" treatment B- (6.0)
Friendliness C (4.8)
Safety C+ (5.1)
Campus Beauty C+ (5.1)
Campus Maintenance C+ (5.1)
University Spending B- (5.9)
Extracurriculars D- (1.8)
Scholastic Success B- (6.2)
Surrounding City A (9.3)
Social Life/ Environment C (4.6)
Graduate PoliticsF
Surrounding CityA
Huge mistake--- The loan was not detailed enoughApr 25 2017Music - Performance
Huge mistake--- The loan was not detailed enough to REALLY understand how large the interest rates would be-- the school says it will be supportive to help align you with a career, this is a lie! All they want is YOUR MONEY--I learned more in my 4 years of undergrad, now I have a lousy piece of paper that means nothing, my auditions are going great and I have made my career myself! Don't waste your time and money going to NEC, all of my music contacts in the US and abroad have known and heard the same thing! Boston College is a MUCH better choice!
Compared to a state school New England ConservatoryJul 09 2015Music - Performance
Compared to a state school New England Conservatory doesn't come close to holding up. I could have picked my nose for two years, burned 80,000 dollars and probably ended up in the same place I am now. The amount of student loan debt far out ways any benefits the school might have. Going to this school was the worse mistake I ever made, and I will have to spend the rest of my life (literally) paying for it.
Jul 06 2006Music - Performance
Best conservatory in the US by far.
I really enjoy studying at NECDec 19 2005Music - Performance
I really enjoy studying at NEC.... it's a great place to be, and the music scene in Boston is wonderful. The faculty are mostly intelligent and helpful, and I love that they were (and still are) great performers. NEC seems to spend a lot of money on getting good faculty, and so the student body is very talented also (especially the string program... phew!).

The social life at NEC is pretty much non-existent, but the YMCA is right next door, and it's easy to meet some people who want to have a little fun (once in a while...) It's definitely not a party school though - you have to work to get in, and work harder once you're here!

The classes have been good so far, but are not as challenging as some of the classes at undergrad... however, I think for the most part they are relevant to getting a good job in music after here, which is helpful. They also have a great career center, and there are many places in Boston to get work.

Overall, I would totally recommend coming here over any other conservatory in the States right now - it's a great place to be.

This is a strange place to go forNov 14 2005Music - Performance
This is a strange place to go for graduate school. If there is a particular teacher with whom you would like to study here, then go for it. In my personal experience, my teacher is top notch, and balances out the negative aspects of the school. It is a city school, which is nice if you don't miss flowers, brick buildings, rolling hills, and ivy, but you can get all of that by taking a train to Cambridge.

The dorms suck, but their access to the buldings is quite convenient. Incoming undergrads...think really carefully before you consider applying here or to any conservatory. I had an undergrad experience at a liberal arts institution, and I feel that I received a much better and well rounded education that helps to give me contexts in my music making (political, literary, historical, artistic, linguistic) than I would have at a conservatory. NEC can consume you if you aren't careful. I encourage you to look at liberal arts schools in addition to conservatories and make the comparison. If you truly want to just practice your instrument 6 hours a day and commune with others who do the same, then this is the place to be. If you are just as passionate about languages, math, art, or even football as you are about music, please please PLEASE research liberal arts schools as well!

No school is perfect,Mar 23 2005Music - Performance
No school is perfect, but NEC is one of the best music schools in the country! The string program is amazing and singers will be glad they came to the conservatory!
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