|Admission Standards||Extremely Easy|
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
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How hard is it to get into VCM and can I get accepted? The school has a 85% acceptance rate ranking it #51 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 23 out of 27 applicants 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 extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 93 percent. VanderCook College of Music typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 70% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by VanderCook College of Music is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. VanderCook College of Music is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||488|
|SAT Math 25th||485|
|SAT Composite 25th||973|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||550|
|SAT Math 75th||575|
|SAT Composite 75th||1125|
|Average SAT Score||1050|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to VanderCook College of Music?
VanderCook College of Music typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 973 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 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. The school ranks #37 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1125 and Above||Good||>91%|
|1049 to 1125||Avg +||85%-91%|
|973 to 1049||Avg -||77%-85%|
|897 to 973||Reach||66%-77%|
|Less than 897||Low||<66%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||14|
|ACT Math 25th||14|
|ACT Composite 25th||13|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||23|
|ACT Math 75th||19|
|ACT Composite 75th||21|
|Average ACT Score||17|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into VCM?
Admission data indicates that VCM regularly accepts students with ACT's of 13 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 93 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 9 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 17 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 21 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #47 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 33 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to VanderCook College of Music.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|21 and Above||Good||>91%|
|17 to 21||Avg +||85%-91%|
|13 to 17||Avg -||77%-85%|
|9 to 13||Reach||66%-77%|
|Less than 9||Low||<66%|
What GPA do you need to get into VanderCook College of Music?
Applicants require above average high school grades to get into VCM. 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. The school ranks #14 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.48 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as VCM accepts 85% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||33%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||N/A%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||14%||Avg -|
|2.75 to 3.00||20%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
77% of VanderCook College of Music freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||0%|
|Top 25% of class||77%|
|Top 50% of class||92%|
|Bottom 50% of class||8%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||71%||69%||70%|
The cost for prospective students to apply to VanderCook College of Music is $35.
What are the requirements for admission to VanderCook College of Music and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Considered but not required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Considered but not required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.
75% of students submit their SAT scores to VCM. 33% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
85% of those who apply are granted admission to VCM. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 973 and 1125. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 13 and 21. 33% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.