Mannes College The New School for Music

Mannes College The New School for Music

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
$36,660 | $36,660
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Not Reported
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


A Renowned Conservatory Where Personal Attention Is the Norm

Mannes College The New School for Music, with just 300 students, is a highly selective, intimate academic community with outsized benefits. With a student-faculty ratio of only 2:1, Mannes students receive close personal mentorship and guidance from their teachers. As part of The New School -- a university based in Manhattan with a total student population of 10,500 undergraduates and graduate students -- Mannes offers its students a wide variety of educational options.

Comprehensive Educational Approach

Mannes College is dedicated to advancing the creative role of music in all aspects of a rapidly changing society. Mannes seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. Students in bachelor's degree programs take classes in areas pertinent to classical music, such as music history, English composition, art history, literature, foreign languages, and humanities.

Majors in Performance or Music Offer a Wide Variety of Concentrations

Mannes students major in either performance or music. Undergraduate performance concentrations include violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, voice, piano, harpsichord, and guitar. Non-performance concentrations are: orchestral conducting, and composition.

Mannes Offers a Choice of Degree Options

Mannes College offers several bachelor's degree options.

The Bachelor of Music encompasses private lessons, performance classes, courses in the Techniques of Music curriculum, liberal arts and humanities course work, and electives.

The Bachelor of Science is based on the Bachelor of Music curriculum, plus an additional 30 academic credits, which may be from humanities, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the cognitive sciences, and others.

Another option, known as the undergraduate diploma, is also based on the Bachelor of Music curriculum, but does not require the student to take certain liberal arts courses.

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World-Class Faculty Includes Concert Artists, Chamber Musicians, Freelancers, Composers, and Orchestra Members

The Mannes faculty includes internationally-known artists, scholars, and educators with diverse backgrounds, including concert artists, chamber musicians, successful freelancers, established composers, and members of organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mentoring from Visiting Artists-in-Residence and Master Class Presenters Benefits Mannes Students

Renowned musicians serve as mentors to Mannes students. For example, master artists-in-residence and master class presenters have included Deborah Voigt, Regina Resnik, Renata Scotto, the Orion String Quartet, pianists Richard Goode and Jean Yves Thibaudet, string virtuosos Pamela Frank and Misha Amory, composer Jennifer Higdon, and theorist Carl Schachter. Student musicians in the Mannes Orchestra have worked with guest conductors such as Otto-Werner Mueller, Paul Nadler, Edwin Outwater, Yves Abel, and Mannes alumna JoAnn Falletta.

Located in the Heart of Manhattan

Mannes' urban campus enables students to partake in the New York scene. The school is an easy traveling distance from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students can attend performances -- often for free or at a discount -- at legendary New York venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Concert Hall.

Performance Opportunities Around New York City

Every year, the Mannes Orchestra plays 7 concerts at venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The annual Concerto Competition is another exciting opportunity for students. The winner is featured as a soloist with the Mannes Orchestra in a concert at Lincoln Center. In the fall, students stage professional-quality opera scenes, and each spring students present a complete, fully-staged opera. The Mannes piano department presents a yearlong festival with performances throughout Manhattan. Other student performance groups include Mannes Baroque Chamber Players, NewMusicMannes, Composer-in-Residence Chamber Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. The Mannes Downtown and Mannes UpperWest series showcase student talent in more than 20 concerts each year. Also add Mannes American Composer Ensemble of M.A.C.E.

A Diverse, Accomplished Students Body

Although Mannes' student body is small, it is very cosmopolitan, with a current student population representing 34 states and 28 countries. Mannes graduates have gone on to successful careers as concert artists; members of symphonies, Broadway orchestras, and opera companies; faculty at colleges and music schools; private teachers; and recording artists. Others are active in arts administration, arts management, and television and radio broadcasting.

Career Mentoring Is a Staple at Mannes College

Student musicians at Mannes receive career development assistance in a variety of ways, including mentoring and guidance from major teachers each week in private lessons, advisement from administrators and the Mannes on-site career counselor, course work on the business of music, and information about music festivals, competitions, internships, jobs, and graduate programs.

Ongoing events also support students as they prepare for their careers in music. For example, active New York City professional musicians conduct career workshops, seminars, and panel discussions, and there are frequent lectures and discussions covering topics ranging from audition techniques to the function of the musicians' union.

Additionally, Mannes' Community Services Program hires students for professional performances in and around New York City.

State-of-the-Art Facilities Complement Student Skills

Mannes' main building includes class and practice rooms, a listening library, an audio studio, and a state-of-the-art computer lab. In addition, the school has its own opera rehearsal studio and 2 concert halls, which host well-known music festivals and numerous student, faculty, and guest performances every year. Mannes will be located in the state of the art facility at Arnhold Hall beginning in the fall of 2015.

Location & Contact

150 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024-4402

Mr.Jonathan Engle

Associate Director

Phone: 212-580-0210 ext. 4886

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Conducting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Stringed Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled158
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      online application, pre-screening (if applicable); live auditions; English placement exam; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores may be required for applicants whose first language is not English
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.37
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$36,660
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,660
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$860
    • Room and board *$17,300
    • Room only *$13,900
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students158
    • Male Student Percentage47%
    • Female Student Percentage53%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.33%
    • Black or African American.67%
    • White or Caucasian38%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races.67%
    • Unknown8.67%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout38.67% representing 18 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students61% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 6%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Musical Theatre Organization, New Light Opera, Dream:In NY, Theatre Collective, BriCollab Art Initiative
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour desk attendants in residence halls


  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty246
    • Full-time Percentage7%
    • Part-time Percentage93%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio2:1 or 141 students to 93 faculty





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