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VCM Admission Requirements

Chicago, Illinois

Chances of getting into VanderCook College of Music

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
93.1%
Admission Difficulty for VanderCook College of Music
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into VCM and can I get accepted? The school has a 93% acceptance rate ranking it #61 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 27 out of 29 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. VanderCook College of Music typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 48% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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VCM SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to VanderCook College of Music?

VanderCook College of Music typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 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 2018 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
1270 and Above Good >96%
1200 to 1270 Avg + 93%-96%
1130 to 1200 Avg - 89%-93%
1060 to 1130 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 1060 Low <82%
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VCM ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
33%
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 23

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #25 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 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

VanderCook College of Music admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >96%
23 to 25 Avg + 93%-96%
21 to 23 Avg - 89%-93%
19 to 21 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 19 Low <82%
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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 93% 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

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

Applying

Admission Statistics

VanderCook College of Music admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12 17 29
Accepted 11 16 27
Acceptance Rate 92% 94% 93%
Enrolled 5 8 13
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 45% 50% 48%

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 Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
V
Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

S
Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, Indiana

L
Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, Michigan

H
Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

M
McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

B
Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

O
Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

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?

93% of those who apply are granted admission to VCM. Admission competition is and the college has average 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 1130 and 1270. 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 21 and 25. 33% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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