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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:

  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. ACT/SAT (International applicants are exempt from the SAT/ACT requirement.)

    • Complete the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with Writing and earn a combined score of 1110 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) AND a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language on SAT exams taken March 5, 2016 or later; OR

    • Complete the American College Test (ACT) with Writing and earn a composite score of 22 with a Writing score of 6 or higher on ACT exams taken Sept 10, 2016 or later.

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). The Internet-based TOEFL test (IBT) measures the areas of reading, listening, writing and speaking. VanderCook requires a minimum score of 90 on the IBT with no subscores under 22. 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 must submit proof of total financial support before an I-20 will be issued.)


Students considering enrolling in VanderCook's BMEd program 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 BMEd program should follow the following procedures:

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Application (download a printable version here).
    A complete application will include the following:

    • Basic student information;

    • Essay describing your motivation to pursue a degree in music education;

    • Names and email addresses for three references;

    • $35 application fee; and

    • Audition video (ONLY if an on-campus audition is NOT possible).
      Audition guidelines are available 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 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.

  3. Submit scores of either the ACT or SAT test (international applicants do not need to submit ACT/SAT)

  4. Contact the Admissions Office at 312.788.1120, to schedule an audition date and interview. Audition criteria are available here.

  5. Applicants are notified of admissions decisions after all required application materials are received and complete. In general, a 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. This deposit is non-refundable.

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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