New England Conservatory

Quick Facts

Highly ranked Music Conservatory


Boston, MA


Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Popular Majors

Music, Music Performance, Conducting

Total Students

Undergrad Students




Room and Board

$46,930 (undergraduate)
$47,900 (graduate)



 Average Net Price *



Distance from Boston

School Website


School Website

* Average Net Price is is the actual average cost to students for attending the college.  This is calculated by adding the cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room and board where applicable) and subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship.

The New England Conservatory is the oldest and one of the most respected schools in the country. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees, as well as preparatory classes and continued education.

At the college level, the conservatory offers the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts, as well as the undergraduate diplomas, graduate diplomas, and artist diplomas. Also offered are five-year joint double-degree programs with Harvard University and Tufts University.

The school offers training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world, and early music. In the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education, the school provides training and performance opportunities for 1600 children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its community collaboration programs, the school gives their young musicians the opportunity to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

The school has an ongoing relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which nearly half the musicians are NEC-trained musicians or faculty. 

The school has five performance halls, ranging from the 100-seat Pierce Hall to the 1013-seat Jordon Hall, which is considered one of America's most acoustically perfect performance spaces. It is the only conservatory building in the United States to be designated a National Historic Landmark. Over a thousand free performances are held at Jordan Hall by NEC students. 

The college is located in the heart of Boston, with an abundance of cultural venues and an almost unlimited choice of entertainment and recreational possibilities.