Student Statistics

Below is a profile of the Mannes undergraduate community.

Geographical Background

The average undergraduate student at Mannes

  • is American (50 percent) or Korean (22 percent)
  • comes from the Northeastern United States
  • is a first-time freshman (78 percent)

Music Education Background

In preparation for a conservatory education the average student

  • took private lessons before coming to Mannes (81 percent)

Orchestral majors studied for an average of 10 years.
Non-performance majors (i.e., theory and composition) studied for an average of 2.33 years
Voice majors were between 15 and 17 years old when they began studying voice.

Seventy-five percent of Mannes undergraduates took at least one musicianship class before coming to Mannes. Course work included:

  • music theory: 50 percent
  • dictation: 38 percent
  • ear training: 38 percent
  • music history: 28 percent
  • sight-singing: 25 percent

Eighty-one percent participated in performance ensembles. Ensembles included:

  • orchestra: 43 percent
  • chamber music: 50 percent
  • concert choir: 28 percent
  • musical theater: 22 percent
  • band: 12 percent

Piano skills

Fifty percent of non-piano majors played piano at an intermediate level or higher before coming to Mannes.

A majority of students played more than one instrument before enrolling at Mannes. Other than piano, the most popular secondary instruments were clarinet, cello, and flute.

Academic Background

Academically, Mannes students were excellent students in high school:

  • Eighty-seven percent had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • On average, Mannes undergraduates ranked in the top 20 percent of their class or better.
High schools attended:
  • Forty-one percent attended general public high schools (foreign or domestic)
  • Twenty-one percent went to private art high schools such as Walnut Hill School or Interlochen Art Academy.
  • Thirty-one percent attended a music preparatory programs such as Midwest Young Artists or Mannes Preparatory Division.
  • Sixty-nine percent participated in at least one summer music festival.

Long-Term Goals

Post-graduation goals of Mannes undergraduates include:

  • seeking a master's degree
  • performing
  • teaching

Why Mannes?

New undergraduate students say the top three reasons they chose to attend Mannes were:

  1. major teacher
  2. location (New York City)
  3. atmosphere (intimate, community spirit)

Student Life

Nineteen percent of Mannes new undergraduates live in university housing.

More than 60 percent of Mannes undergraduates live independently or with family members or roommates.

Undergraduate students say that they spend an average of $1,200/month for living expenses. Living expenses include rent, utilities, meals, and travel.

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