Berklee reports annual graduation rates each year. The page below provides more details about Berklee's graduation rates and trends among learning environments, demographics, and academic credentials.
The data reflects students entering Berklee as first-time, full-time undergraduate students, unless otherwise noted. The graduation rate used is the six-year graduation rate by the entering fall cohort. For example, the 2015 cohort graduation rate is the percent of students who entered Berklee in fall 2015 and graduated by summer 2021.
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Race and Ethnicity
Department of Education Definition
The U.S. Department of Education requires graduation rates to be reported based on specific race and ethnicity categories. In these calculations, each student is only counted in one race or ethnicity category.
More Inclusive Race and Ethnicity Cohort Definition
To be more inclusive in the data reporting process, the following displays an alternative methodology that counts domestic students in each race or ethnicity category they have identified. The table below shows the difference between the U.S. Department of Education IPEDS defined cohorts and Berklee’s redefined cohorts.
The Department of Education continues to maintain a binary definition for reporting.
Financial Aid Status
The graduation rates below are based on the financial aid status of students when they entered Berklee.
Bachelor's Degree and Diploma
Berklee College of Music Only
Students who entered Berklee College of Music in the bachelor's degree program consistently have higher graduation rates than students who entered in the professional diploma program. The chart below shows the comparison of these two groups and their graduating credentials.
Entering Program and Financial Aid Status Graduation Rates
The table below provides graduation rates based on entering program and financial aid status. The combination of a student’s entering program with their financial aid status shows particularly low graduation rates for students who entered as diploma-seeking, Pell recipients.
The chart below shows the graduation rates of students who transferred to Berklee as full-time students.