Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berkleemusic.com. The college’s national afterschool music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing 96 countries, and alumni who have collectively won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.
Berklee College of Music is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.
- Facts and Statistics
Berklee is more than a collection of numbers, but sometimes numbers can be very illuminating. Find out about the ever-changing composition of Berklee. More
Berklee was founded by Lawrence Berk, an engineer trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and veteran arranger with the CBS and NBC radio orchestras, who wanted to teach contemporary music and provide practical career preparation for the working musician. His idea caught fire, and the small teaching studio grew into a sizable school, then college, in just over two decades. More
- Campus Tour
The campus tour section offers four video tours of Berklee: a general college overview, a look at the student experience, a tour for parents of prospective students, and a walk-through of the application process. More
We understand that we sometimes sound like proud parents when boasting about the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. But you don't have to take our word for it—just look at all the awards they've won. Barely a day goes by that we don't hear about another contest won by a student, or an alumnus nominated for an important award. This is just a small sampling. More