Chances of getting into VanderCook College of Music

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for VanderCook College of Music
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into VCM and can I get accepted? The school has a 100% acceptance rate ranking it #116 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 38 out of 38 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 very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. VanderCook College of Music typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 39% 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
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A

VCM ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for VanderCook College of Music
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

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 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to VanderCook College of Music.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

VanderCook College of Music admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >99%
25 to 29 Avg + 99%-99%
21 to 25 Avg - 99%-99%
17 to 21 Reach 99%-99%
Less than 17 Low <99%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need above average high school grades to get into VanderCook College of Music. 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 #12 in Illinois for highest average GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted VanderCook College of Music students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

VanderCook College of Music admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19 19 38
Accepted 19 19 38
Acceptance Rate 100% 100% 100%
Enrolled 7 8 15
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 42% 39%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to VanderCook College of Music and what considerations affect 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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data for VanderCook College of Music.