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Chances of getting into VanderCook College of Music

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
85.2%
Admission Difficulty for VanderCook College of Music
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionVery 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.

Test Requirements

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.

VCM SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
973-1125
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 488
SAT Math 25th 485
SAT Composite 25th 973
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 550
SAT Math 75th 575
SAT Composite 75th 1125
Average SAT Score 1050

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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

VanderCook College of Music admission chances by SAT score
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%
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VCM ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
13-21 
Applicants Submitting ACT
33%
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 14
ACT Math 25th 14
ACT Composite 25th 13
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 19
ACT Composite 75th 21
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

VanderCook College of Music admission chances by ACT score
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%
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VCM GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.48
Typical High School Grades
B+

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted VanderCook College of Music students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 33% Good
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

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High School Class Rank

77% of VanderCook College of Music freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted VanderCook College of Music students
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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

VanderCook College of Music admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9 18 27
Accepted 7 16 23
Acceptance Rate 78% 89% 85%
Enrolled 5 11 16
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 71% 69% 70%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to VanderCook College of Music is $35.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to VanderCook College of Music and what student information is used for admission decisions?

VanderCook College of Music Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at VanderCook College of Music
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.

FAQs

Does VanderCook College of Music prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to VCM. 33% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into VanderCook College of Music?

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.

What SAT score is required for VanderCook College of Music?

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.

What ACT score is required for VanderCook College of Music?

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.