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VCM Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into VCM? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 45 out of 47 applicants or 96% were admitted making VanderCook College of Music an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores. VanderCook College of Music typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 47% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 24 23 47
Accepted 22 23 45
Acceptance Rate 92% 100% 96%
Enrolled 7 14 21
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 61% 47%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to VanderCook College of Music and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that VCM regularly accepts students with ACTs of 22 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 75 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to VanderCook College of Music.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 895. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1065 out of 1600. 20 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 980 1150
SAT Reading 480 550
SAT Math 510 630
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English 23 30
ACT Math 19 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >98%
25 to 28 Avg + 96%-98%
22 to 25 Avg - 93%-96%
19 to 22 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 19 Low <89%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1150 and Above Good >98%
1065 to 1150 Avg + 96%-98%
980 to 1065 Avg - 93%-96%
895 to 980 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 895 Low <89%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need above average high school grades to get into VanderCook College of Music. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at VanderCook College of Music was 3.48 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.48 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as VCM accepts 96% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 33% Good
3.50 to 3.75 33% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 20% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to VanderCook College of Music and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149639 IPEDS survey data for VanderCook College of Music.



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