Berklee Ranks among the World's Top Music Colleges

Berklee is proud to be regularly recognized among the top music colleges in the world by respected publications such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and Forbes.

Explore what they have to say about Berklee’s renowned programs in music performance, music business, composition, audio engineering, film scoring, and more. Our robust curriculum, comprising music, liberal arts, and entrepreneurship, prepares students for a fulfilling career in the arts.

Recent Rankings in the News

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The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter: The World’s Best Music Schools of 2023, Ranked

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Screen Scoring Department Chair Sean McMahon about what makes Berklee's programs so unique, leading to Berklee being one of the top institutions included on this year's list of the world's best film and screen scoring schools. 

Additional Rankings

Best Music Schools in the World for 2019

CEOWorld Magazine

"Berklee College of Music was established in the year 1945 and has produced some of the best-known artists in the world. With a top-notch academic curriculum, exposure to all sorts of activities, and a faculty of 606 talented teachers, there is no dearth of opportunities here at Berklee."


2019 Best Colleges for Music in America


“Berklee opened my eyes to see the music world differently. Berklee is very innovative, diverse, but also inclusive. With all the greatest resources, I was able to find what I truly want and shaped my future in a very positive way.” (Niche user review)


Best 25 Audio Engineering Schools in the U.S.


“A music production and engineering degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music gives you access to award-winning mentors and premier recording studios that are filled with the industry’s latest equipment and open 21 hours every day. You gain hands-on experience in everything from synthesis technologies to digital audio editing to producing music compositions.“


Here Are the 20 Best Colleges and Conservatories for Music in the U.S.

Music School Central

“In 2016, Boston Conservatory, once an independent institution, merged with Berklee. Since then, these two institutions have combined to create one of the most impressive programs spanning classical, jazz, and contemporary styles.”


Top 25 U.S. Jazz Guitar Schools

Jazz Guitar Online

"With an alumni list that features John Abercrombie, Emily Remler, and Kurt Rosenwinkel, to name but a few former students, Berklee is often at the top of the list when applying for jazz guitar colleges."


These Are the 10 Best Schools for Music Business

Music School Central

“Perhaps the most comprehensive contemporary music school in the world, it is no surprise that Berklee has one of the strongest music business programs in the country.”


Top 10 Schools for Aspiring Songwriters

College Magazine

“This school is, as alum John Mayer would put it, a wonderland for songwriters.”


10 of the Best Music Schools in the World

“Berklee produces more hitmakers than any other school in the world, so if you want to make it big in the Top 40 world, this is where you need to go.”


Top 10 Schools for Music Recording Technology and Audio Design

College Magazine

“With a scoring stage, a dubbing stage, a mastering suite, and 12 other studios, music production and engineering students have the industry’s hottest technology right at their fingertips.”


The Top 10 Colleges for Music Production

Music School Central

“…possibly the most prestigious and advanced college for music production in the entire world.”


The 20 Best Music Conservatories

The Best Schools

“Founded in 1945, it was the first music school in the United States to include jazz in its curriculum. Berklee consistently ranks in the top 10 of American conservatories.”


The Top 25 Music Programs in the U.S.

Successful Student

“Berklee is affiliated with over 250 Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award winners including Esperanza Spalding, Quincy Jones, Lalah Hathaway, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Danilo Perez, Howard Shore, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, and Branford Marsalis.”