I won’t lie to you, Juilliard is notoriously one of the world’s most exclusive music schools. In fact, it’s acceptance rate is often among the lowest in the entire country, along with Stanford, Harvard, Curtis, and Yale.
That’s some pretty exclusive company!
In 2013, Juilliard’s acceptance rate was 6.7%.
In previous years, it has been as low as 5.5% and as high as 8%. I don’t think the rate would ever get into the double digits.
Keep this in mind – in some years, students who play certain instruments may never even be given an opportunity to audition for a certain instrument. This happens frequently, for example, in conservatory trombone studios – the teacher can only take as many trombone students as the school needs, which is essentially two orchestra’s worth of trombonists (so about 8-12 players).
In these instances, musicians who apply for a particular performance program with maxed-out studios are usually refunded their application fees and told that no one who plays their instrument will be accepted that particular year. So, just keep in that in mind.
Tuition & Fees
For the 2014-2015 school year, Juilliard’s tuition is $38,190, according to the Juilliard website.
The fees can vary – if you choose to live on campus, a double bedroom with included meals costs $14,290, a single costs $17,840. If you choose to live off campus, you could potentially find a cheaper place to live in if you shack up with roommates somewhere in either Brooklyn or a less expensive area of Manhattan, like Washington Heights.
Juilliard also lists personal expenses, books, supplies, and more at $3,440. This seems rather low to me, considering that New York City is one of the most expensive places to live in the entire world. I would personally estimate closer to $5,000-$6,000 for two semesters at Juilliard, but everyone’s budgeting is different.
Requirements and Admissions Tips
At Juilliard, you will have to provide an in-person audition in order to be accepted. Additionally, you will most likely have an interview with a member of the faculty, if you are selected far enough into the process to get one.
If you are a composer, you will have to take an exam that will test your music theory knowledge as well as ear training ability. I have taken this exam and I can tell you it is difficult. If I had to grade it out on a scale of 1-10 in terms of overall difficulty, I would give it an 8 or an 8.5.
As someone who has spoken to a lot of other composers, I can tell you that the composer entrance exam is held in high regard for graduate students, and much less so for undergraduate students. Still, in order to pass this exam, I would recommend you understand basic 18th century voice leading, how to write a fugue, and be able to transcribe 8-16 measures of four-part harmony after approximately five listens. That is not an easy task by any means.
Unlike many other music schools, Juilliard does not require students to submit ACT or SAT scores, unless the student is homeschooled.
In order to be accepted into any Juilliard program, you do need a very distinct high level of pre-college training.
If you are accepted to audition at Juilliard, I would recommend you schedule a lesson with a faculty member in the department you are interested in enrolling into at Juilliard prior to your audition. Knowing how a specific teacher works with you is critical for determining if a school is a good fit for you. Also, if they like you and your playing in your lesson together, your chance for getting in might be higher. Keep in mind this is only a recommendation and not a fact in every instance.
Juilliard vs SUNY Purchase acting programs
@Dramakid000 I’m answering this rather late so maybe you have your answers, but Juilliard is really in a different league from SUNY Purchase or really almost any other acting school out there. Juilliard only admits around 8 undergraduates a year out of thousands who audition; your training there is unbelievably intense, but your industry access probably second to none. Just take a look at their alumni list on Wikipedia. However, their program is harsh and not like a traditional university experience you would get at many other top acting schools. Also, they are ridiculously hard to get into and most of their freshman class has had either some professional or previous secondary training. Plus diversity is HIGHLY valued. Lastly, I would advise that you not go into your audition process with a top choice as you will want to keep an open mind. The numbers do not work in the applicants favor, I’m afraid. None of the top programs admit more than about 15-20% of auditioners, and many much less.
I like the program a lot. You take an acting for film class senior year/you can appear in as many student films as you are cast in through the film conservatory all four years. Some people do up to 30 films by the time they graduate, some only do a few. It depends on your motivations/who you know/how much time you have. You get a showcase in NYC and LA and almost everyone seems to leave with representation, or at least meetings. Purchase is the only conservatory I’ve attended so I can’t compare it to any other acting school!
I can answer specific Purchase questions if you have any.
UNCSA. Great training, best networking.
Hello so I’ve began narrowing down my college search and the result was these two schools. Now, I love theatre and all but I have a slight interest in film acting. And also staying in New York if there are any other school anyone could recommend. But overall I’m just having trouble narrowing down my schools to a program worth putting money into.