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Performing Arts Profile

College-Conservatory of Music

March to the beat of your own drum
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati—College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, providing life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. The annual calendar boasts nearly 1,000 events, ranging from solo recitals to fully staged opera and musical theater performances. CCM ensembles have performed internationally, recorded for major labels, and won ASCAP awards for excellence and programming.

CCM’s educational roots date back to 1867, and solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. The school’s roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in Electronic Media, Ensembles and Conducting, Keyboard Studies, Music Education, Theatre Arts, Arts Administration, Performance Studies, and Music Composition.

CCM’s facilities include the Gorno Memorial Music Library, housing more than 120,000 volumes of books, music scores, periodicals, microforms, and recordings. The College’s Music Listening Center offers an advanced audio system with 48 listening stations and 24 computer stations.

In 1999 CCM completed a $93 million, seven-year-long project in which existing buildings within the complex were fully renovated and new facilities constructed. Among the performance spaces are the 730-seat Corbett Auditorium, the 380-seat Patricia Corbett Theater, the versatile Cohen Family

Studio Theater, the 250-seat Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, and the 140-seat Watson Recital Hall.

Production facilities include an 8,500-sq. ft. scene shop; 3,000-sq. ft. costume shop; wig, makeup, and prosthetics studios; a design/drafting studio; a sound design studio; and a lighting laboratory.

Live out loud
Our College is ranked in the top 10 for music, opera and voice, musical conducting and composition, and orchestra/symphony by U.S. News & World Report.
• CCM student enrollment: 1,500
• 7:1 student-faculty ratio
• CCM offers nine degrees in more than 100 majors.
• First-year CCM students enter with
an average SAT score of 1150 and 24 on the ACT.
● CCM was one of only 14 recipients, from among 421 submissions, of the 2000 National Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.
● In 2009 CCM received the designation of “All Steinway School,” a
distinction shared by the top conservatories in the world. CCM has also become one of the largest repositories of Steinway pianos outside the company’s Long Island City, New York–based factory.
● In 2011 CCM was recognized as Ohio’s first Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts by the Ohio Board of Regents.




TYPE OF SCHOOL: Urban public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation

STUDENTS: 44,000+ total students from 50 states and more than 110 countries
• Overall percentage of minority students: 21%
• Percentage of students of color in first-year baccalaureate class: 17%
• Percentage of first-generation students in first-year baccalaureate class: 21%
• Percentage of Pell-eligible students among first-year, degree-seeking undergrads: 28%


350+ degree offerings


EARNINGS (Cooperative Education): Last year students earned a collective $65 million by alternating semesters spent in school with paid, professional work experiences related directly to their majors. 

FINANCIAL AID: Multiple scholarships and other forms of support; the University provides close to $50 million annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships. All told, the University administers close to $500 million in aid to all students in the form of federal, state, institutional, and private support.

COSTS Per academic year:
• Tuition, Ohio resident, undergrad: $11,000
• Tuition, out of state, undergrad: $26,334
• Tuition, Ohio resident, graduate: $14,468
• Tuition, out of state, graduate: $26,210
• Room and board: $10,964–$13,311 (depending on room type and occupancy)


UNDERGRADUATE PROFILE: Incoming first-year students on Uptown Campus boast, on average, an ACT score of 25.7, SAT score of 1163, and high school GPA of 3.58.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Enrollment of international students is up 63% since 2009, due to focus on service, support, and retention. Retention of first-year, full-time international baccalaureate students is 93.5%. Independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranks UC in the top five “most welcoming” in the US.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1 is the Early Action deadline for admission to selective programs the subsequent fall. All applications received before the Early Action deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed. After December 1, programs with space continue to review applications on a rolling basis through March 1.