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February 11, 1867, The Boston Conservatory is the oldest performing arts conservatory of its kind in the nation.  Internationally renowned, the multidisciplinary Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees in music, dance and theater.

2015–2016 Enrollment

  • Total Number of Students: 820
  • Male: 312
  • Female: 508
  • Undergraduate: 581
  • Graduate: 239
  • Entering Freshmen: 200
  • International Students: 125
  • Music (Undergraduate): 198
  • Dance (Undergraduate): 129
  • Theater (Undergraduate): 254
  • Music (Graduate): 211
  • Theater (Graduate): 28 

Student to Faculty Ratio


Acceptance Rate


Pioneering Efforts

The Boston Conservatory was one of the first conservatories to grant admission to African Americans and women.  In 1873, Conservatory Founder Julius Eichberg’s operetta, “The Doctor of Alcantara” was performed by the first African-American opera company in the U.S.  In 1878, Eichberg established the Eichberg String Quartet, the first professional female quartet.

  • First conservatory to offer undergraduate degrees in theater
  • First conservatory in America to form a department for grand opera
  • First integrated department of ballet and modern dance
  • First conservatory to offer a degree in music education
  • First conservatory to launch a music program for students on the autism spectrum
  • Working with the Pro Arts Consortium, an association of six colleges (The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the Boston Architectural College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) The Boston Conservatory helped found the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), the City of Boston’s first pilot high school for the visual and performing arts.


The Boston Conservatory presents more than 600 performances each year, ranging from fully staged musical theater, drama, opera and dance productions to orchestra concerts, music ensemble performances, guest artist concerts and student recitals.  The Boston Conservatory also has a longstanding tradition of honoring and hosting notable guest artists to perform and teach our students.  Recent guests include Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook, Dawn Upshaw, William Bolcolm, Joan Morris, Jorja Fleezanis, Constantine Maroulis, Till Fellner and Beijing Dance Company.


The Boston Conservatory grants $9 million annually in Conservatory and named scholarships.  More than two-thirds (67%) of students receive institutional grants and/or scholarship aid.


The Boston Conservatory has a rich history of producing working artists in the fields of music, dance and musical theater.  Our music alumni have gone on to teach, perform and conduct at organizations such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Handel & Haydn Society and the Metropolitan Opera.  Music education graduates have an astounding record of 100% job placement.  Our dance alumni have gone on to work for national and international dance companies such as Alvin Ailey, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and Boston Ballet, as well as Broadway productions including A Chorus Line, In the Heights and Movin’ Out.  Our musical theater alums work in national tours, on TV, in film and of course, on Broadway.  Several alumni are currently performing leading roles in Broadway shows, including Chicago, Memphis and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Community Service

The Boston Conservatory is committed to sharing the talent of our students with a variety of audiences who are unable to attend traditional performances. Students perform at Dana Farber Cancer Institute,

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Rosie’s Place, Boston Public Library, Susan Bailis Assisted Living Center, Goddard House, LGBT Aging Project, Boston Public Schools, Women’s Lunch Place, Rogerson House, Boston Living Center, United South End Settlements, Norwood Hospital, various senior centers and other venues.

2014-2015 Tuition

$40,150 (full-time undergraduate)

See Tuition & Fees for complete breakdown. 

FY13 Operating Budget

$31.067 million

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