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Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music is a conservatory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that offers courses of study leading to a performance Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera, and Professional Studies Certificate in Opera. According to statistics compiled by U.S. News & World Report, it has the second lowest acceptance rate of any institution of higher education in the United States, second only to the Mayo School of Medicine whose acceptance rate is below 2 percent. It was established in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, and was named in honor of her father, Cyrus Curtis. After consulting with musician friends including Josef Hofmann and Leopold Stokowski on how best to help musically gifted young people, Bok purchased three mansions on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square and had them joined and renovated. She established a faculty of prominent performing artists and eventually left the institute with an endowment of US$12 million.

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Curtis Institute of Music Tuition and Fees

Basic living expenses

Per month

Per 9-month school year

Rent (1-bedroom apartment) $950 $8,850
Electric, gas & water $150 $1,350
Telephone $120 $1,080
Food $350 $3,150
Clothing $60 $540
Instrument maintenance $125 $1,125
Instructional supplies $50 $450
Laundry $30 $270
Personal recreation $125 $1,125
Miscellaneous $55 $495
Subtotal $2,015 $18,135

Annual student fees

Comprehensive fee (includes all text books)
Bachelor of Music program $1,300
All other programs of study $1,200
Health services fee (required for all students) $900
Health insurance, if required (subject to change) $2,450
Internet/e-mail fee $90
Subtotal $4,740

Total estimated 9-month cost (September 1, 2010-May 31, 2011)

Bachelor of Music $22,875
Other Programs $22,775

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