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Admissions Requirements

Students enrolling in the B.M.Ed. program need both musical and academic competence to attain the degree. The strengths and background of each applicant are weighed on an individual basis in an effort to determine the candidate's potential for success. In general, however, preference is given to applicants who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Graduate from an accredited secondary school or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  2. Complete the following coursework at the secondary level:
    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of mathematics
    • 2 years of science
    • 3 years of social science
    • 2 years of electives in foreign language or art
    • 3 years of electives in music, or evidence of successful participation in music ensembles and classes
  3. Complete the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a recommended combined score of 1100 (reading plus math), or the American College Test (ACT) with a recommended composite score of 22 (writing component strongly suggested). International applicants are exempt from the SAT/ACT requirement.

International students (non-native English speakers) are exempt from the SAT/ACT requirement but must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  For applicants who have taken the test prior to September 30, 2006, a minimum score of 500 is required on the paper-based test, or 173 on the computer-based test.  The Internet-based TOEFL test (IBT) measures the areas of reading, listening, writing and speaking.  VanderCook requires a minimum score of 70 on the IBT.  The EIKEN test can be considered in lieu of the TOEFL; VanderCook requires a minimum grade of 2A, but admission is contigent on an interview. (Note: All international applicants who are admitted must submit proof of total financial support before an I-20 will be issued.)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Students considering enrolling in VanderCook College of Music should contact the Admissions Office. Our admissions personnel are trained to assist you in completing your application, and to answer your questions about the College. Campus tours, interviews and auditions may be arranged at most times throughout the year. Applicants for the B.M.Ed. program should follow the following procedure:

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Application.
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     - Download a printable version here.
  2. Submit high school transcripts indicating all coursework completed to date. (A final transcript indicating graduation and a copy of the high school diploma will be required prior to final admission and enrollment in the College.) A GED certificate may be submitted in lieu of a high school diploma. Transfer students must also submit an official transcript from the college(s) they have attended.
  3. Submit scores of either the ACT or SAT test.
  4. Contact the Office of Admissions, (312) 788-1120, to schedule an audition date and interview. Audition criteria are available here.
  5. Applicants are notified of admissions decisions after admissions files are complete. (In general, this decision is made within two weeks of receipt of all materials, although delays may occur during semester breaks.)
  6. Students accepted into the College should submit a tuition deposit of $100 by May 1 (or December 1, if beginning study in the spring semester) as an indication of their intent to enroll at VanderCook College. This deposit is non-refundable.

All required materials must be in the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the date of admission.

IMMUNIZATION POLICY

Illinois state law requires that students enrolled in colleges and universities be immunized against certain communicable diseases.  To ensure compliance, students are required to submit proof of immunization to the Admissions Office. Individuals who are not properly immunized or who do not have proof of immunization should contact their local medical professional to become compliant.  If necessary, students may receive the required immunizations on campus from IIT Student Health Services for a nominal fee.  A registration hold will be placed on your account if you fail to comply with the immunization requirements.

Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at (312) 788-1120 or by email at admissions@vandercook.edu.

 
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