Undergraduate Admission Requirements


Candidates enrolling in the bachelor's degree programs 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:
Graduation from an accredited secondary school or its equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Completion of 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
Receiving the following ACT or SAT scores:
SAT: A minimum composite score of 1110 (incl. Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math)
AND a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language for SAT exams taken after March 5, 2016

ACT: A minimum composite score of 22 with Writing included AND a composite score of 22 (with a Writing score of 6 or higher) on ACT exams taken after Sept 10, 2016.
International applicants (non-native English speakers) are exempt from the SAT/ACT requirement but must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please see the International Students page for more information.


The undergraduate Application can be completed online or submitted as a printable version. A complete application will include the following:
Basic student information;
An essay describing your motivation to pursue a degree in music education; and
Names and email addresses for three references
In addition, the following materials must be submitted with a completed application:
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 to 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.
Scores of either the ACT or SAT test. Required test score minimums can be found here. (International applicants do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores. Please see the International Students page for full international application requirements).
A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
An audition video (ONLY if an on-campus audition is NOT possible). Contact the Admissions Office at 312.788.1120, to schedule an audition date and interview. Audition criteria are available here.
All required materials must be received by the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the date of admission.


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 a student's account if they fail to comply with the immunization requirements.


Contact the Admissions Office at 312.788.1120 or by email at

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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