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Chances of getting into VanderCook College of Music

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
100%
Admission Difficulty for VanderCook College of Music
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into VCM and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at VCM is 100%.  It ranks #116 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. VanderCook College of Music is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 21 out of 21 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 80 percent (SAT 890/1160 ACT 15/20). VanderCook College of Music typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.1. 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to VanderCook College of Music. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 75% of students submitted SAT scores and 33% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

VCM SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
890-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT 
75%
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 445
SAT Math 25th 445
SAT Composite 25th 890
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1030

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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 79 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 890 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 750. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. VCM ranks #35 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 
1160 and Above Good >99%
1025 to 1160 Avg + 99%-99%
890 to 1025 Avg - 99%-99%
755 to 890 Reach 99%-99%
Less than 755 Low <99%
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VCM ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
15-20 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
33%
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 15
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 20
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 15 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 81 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 12 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 20 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #44 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 33 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to VanderCook College of Music.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

VanderCook College of Music admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >99%
17 to 20 Avg + 99%-99%
15 to 17 Avg - 99%-99%
13 to 15 Reach 99%-99%
Less than 13 Low <99%
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VCM GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.1
Typical High School Grades 
B

What GPA do you need to get into VanderCook College of Music?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into VCM. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at VanderCook College of Music was 3.1 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #51 in Illinois for highest average GPA.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

VanderCook College of Music admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14 7 21
Accepted 14 7 21
Acceptance Rate 100% 100% 100%
Enrolled 5 4 9
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 57% 43%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

100% 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 890 and 1160. 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 15 and 20. 33% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.