From the School

A small, distinguished conservatory in the heart of New York City, Mannes College The New School for Music features faculty who are members of New York City's most prominent and internationally known ensembles. Students receive rigorous professional training as members of a friendly, supportive community dedicated to the highest artistic achievement.


From The School

All entering undergraduate students must be high school graduates and are required to pass live entrance auditions in their major fields of study. Placement tests in theory, ear training, dictation and piano (for particular majors) are also required. Application deadlines are December 1 for March auditions and April 1 for our Late May auditions. To find out more information about application materials and audition requirments please visit


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
November 1

August 1

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Mannes is one of seven academic divisions of The New School. Its musical strengths are therefore linked to a university known for its progressive outlook and deep commitment to the arts. Mannes students may take advantage of a complete range of course offerings at The New School, and Mannes's position within the university provides academic and cultural resources that are unobtainable at most independent colleges of music. Within the music profession, Mannes is especially noted for its intensive training. All students take rigorous and extensive courses in theory, ear training, harmony, analysis, and counterpoint. Mannes's pioneering curriculum in these areas is heavily influenced by Heinrich Schenker's analytic approach and is now being emulated by many music schools throughout the world.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Mannes College awards a Bachelor of Music (BM) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the following areas: all orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, and percussion), piano, harpsichord, guitar, voice, composition, conducting and theory. Mannes also awards a Master of Music (MM) degree in the following areas: all orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, and percussion), piano, harpsichord, guitar, voice, composition, conducting, theory, and vocal accompanying. An Undergraduate Diploma (UDPL) is offered in all majors and is equivalent to the Bachelor of Music degree minus the liberal arts courses. A Professional Studies Diploma (PSD), which is an advanced course of study to enhance performance or compositional skills, is offered in all majors. The Professional Studies Diploma is generally pursued following an earned master's degree or the equivalent. Individual programs are designed in coordination with the assistant/associate dean. Orchestral instruments participate in orchestra during each semester of residency. Additionally, chamber music is a curricular component of some instrumental majors.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Conducting
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Walter Blanding

Semyon Bychkov

Bradley Cooper
Academy and Tony Award nominated actor

Danielle de Niese
Opera Singer

Robert Glasper
Jazz Pianist

Brad Mehldau

Frederica von Stade
Opera Singer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Academic year 2009-10: Tuition: $32,860 Fees: $740 Room and Board: $15,260 Other fees may apply.

Financial Aid

The New School Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) provides a comprehensive program of financial assistance and financing options. We are committed to making all reasonable effort to removing need as a barrier to matriculation and to applying need analysis and awarding policies equitably across the university. Our primary role is to identify possible sources of assistance and financing options for students and their families so that admitted students can enroll and continuing students can successfully complete their course of study. Institutional Funds The New School has established significant funding for institutional scholarships, fellowships, grants and stipends. Graduate students and undergraduate students enrolling in Jazz or Mannes are not required to file an application to be considered for institutional funds as these awards are based on merit. Lang College students, Parsons undergraduate students, and The New School for General Studies undergraduate students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the on-line International Scholarship Application to be considered for institutional funding. Supplemental Sources of Assistance To supplement the institutional aid program, The New School participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Family Education Loan (including Stafford and PLUS) and Federal Work-Study programs. By filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), eligibility for these programs is determined automatically by a financial aid officer. To be considered for federal financial assistance you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. International students are not eligible for federal assistance but may be eligible to borrow through private credit-based education loan programs. Applying for Federal Aid Programs Federal Aid Eligible students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at ( ). Our school code is 002780. You can either sign your application using a Personal Identification Number (a PIN can be obtained at ( )) if you have one, or by printing out a confirmation page and mailing it to the processing center. It will take approximately 3-4 weeks for processing so please complete the application as soon as possible. It is essential that you review the processed Student Aid Report once you receive it and confirm that all the entered information is correct.


Application Deadlines

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

There are many opportunities for students to become involved at both Mannes and the main campuses of The New School. At Mannes College of Music, the Dean's Student Advisory Council and the Office of Student Activities welcome student involvement. Also, many New School committees have seats available to interested students. The New School also has active student organizations dedicated to issues and activities of interest to undergraduate and graduate students as well as other extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to form new organizations as well.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


41% female
59% male
76% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time


From The School


Mannes College of Music, a division of New School University, is a degree-granting classical music conservatory with majors in all orchestral instruments, voice and opera, piano, vocal accompanying, guitar, conducting, composition, and theory. Scholarships are available. Distinguished by a world-class faculty and an internationally acclaimed curriculum, Mannes's small classes allow for personalized attention. Mannes's location is particularly well-suited for both students and musicians. Manhattan's Upper West Side is one of the most vibrant areas of the city's major musical and other cultural activities. Within blocks of the College are Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (home to the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and other world-renowned orchestras and opera and ballet companies) and the Museum of Natural History as well as recreational centers such as Central Park and Riverside Park. Easily accessible by public transportation of every kind, the College is also near restaurants of many cuisines and price ranges.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

In 1984, Mannes College moved to its new quarters on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Federal-style building was erected in 1928 and was renovated to serve the needs of a modern conservatory population. In addition to classrooms, practice rooms, and offices, the building houses two student lounges and a library. Two concert halls are available; the larger seats 200 and the smaller is suitable for student recitals and seats 50. Mannes also provides students with a practice center with approximately 15 practice rooms located near Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Mannes Community Services provides opportunities to gain public exposure through solo recitals, chamber concerts, and small ensemble performances throughout the New York metropolitan area--experience that creates future playing opportunities and career skills.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Men's Sports (Hoop Dreams)
5 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Cross-Country Track)
5 Sports

Cross Country


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Georgia Schmitt
Director of Performing Arts Admission

150 West 85th Street
Floor 1 Room 104
New York, NY 10024

212-580-0210 x 4862


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mannes Concert Hall
University Welcome Center
The University Center
John L. Tishman Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
American Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Hall
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Broadway Shows and Theater Tickets at TKTS

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday- Friday
9:00am-1:00pm & 2;00pm-5:00pm
212-580-0210 x 4862

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

After each campus tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark airports all serve New York City. At Kennedy and La Guardia, Carey bus service provides group rides into the city at regular intervals; check with your airline for details. Taxis are also available, though expensive. From Newark, Carey Bus brings passengers into the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is a subway ride away from the college. Amtrak, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad trains all serve New York City. Greyhound and several local bus lines also come into the city. Public transportation is available from the terminals to the college. New Jersey's PATH train stops at 14th St. and 6th Ave., only 2 blocks from campus. The BMT, IND, and IRT subway lines all have stops within walking distance of the school.

Driving Instructions to Campus
"From: Westchester, Connecticut, and points north of New York City Take the Saw Mill River Parkway to the Henry Hudson Parkway south and continue to the West Side Highway (which becomes Twelfth Avenue/West Street); exit left at 14th Street to Fifth Avenue and turn right. Head one block south to 13th Street and turn right. From: Points north of New York City via I-95 Take I-95 to the Triborough Bridge. Follow the FDR Drive downtown. Exit at 14th Street. Travel east to Fifth Avenue. Turn left. Turn right on 13th Street. From: New Jersey and points west of New York City From the George Washington Bridge: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway south and proceed as directed above. From the Lincoln Tunnel: Follow the signs to 39th or 40th Streets and head east (one block) to Ninth Avenue. Travel south on Ninth Avenue to 14th Street. Make a left turn onto 14th Street and continue as above. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street. Continue on Canal Street to Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Go north on Sixth Avenue (turn left) to 14th Street; turn right and continue on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue. Make a right turn to 13th Street. Turn right onto 13th Street. From: Long Island and points east of New York City Take the Long Island Expressway (I-95) west to the Midtown Tunnel. From the Tunnel, follow signs to 34th Street and the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive south to the 15th Street exit and continue south to 14th Street. Proceed west on 14th Street to Fifth Avenue to 13th Street; turn right at 13th Street. *Be aware that all routes into the city have tolls, which range from $1.00 - $4.50 each way. Please note, for students who may use moving trucks to move into residence halls, the cost may be higher due to the weight and commercial license plates. Also, you may have to take alternate routes/tunnels/bridges due to commercial truck restrictions on certain tunnels and bridges."

Local Accommodations
"Larchmont Hotel 27 West 11th Street .2 miles/Greenwich Village Washington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place .4 miles/Greenwich Village W New York - Union Square 201 Park Avenue South .6 miles/Union Square Chelsea Inn 46 West 17th Street .8 miles/Chelsea Hotel 17 225 East 17th Street .8 miles/Union Square Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Avenue 1 mile/Gramercy Maritime Hotel 363 West 16th Street 1 mile/Chelsea Mercer Hotel 147 Mercer Street 1 mile/SoHo American Dream Hostel 168 East 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Comfort Inn 18 West 25th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Hampton Inn - New York 108 West 24th Street 1.1 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Center Hostel 313 West 29th Street 1.4 miles/Chelsea Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street 1.2 miles/Gramercy Chelsea Lodge 318 West 20th Street 1.3 miles/Chelsea Off SoHo Suites 11 Rivington Street 1.4 miles/NoLita Hampton Inn Manhattan - SoHo 54 Watts Street 1.5 miles/Tribeca SoHo Grand Hotel 310 West Broadway 1.7 miles/Tribeca Affinia Shelburne 303 Lexington Avenue 1.8 miles/Murray Hill"