According to USA Today, as of 2014 the top 10 music colleges in the United States include Southern Methodist University, Boston College, Princeton University, Yale University and Stanford University. Additional list entries are Cornell University, Brown University, Duke University, Columbia University, and the College of William and Mary.
As of 2014, Southern Methodist University offers small class sizes, financial aid and a sizable music department. Boston College graduates receive the highest starting salary of graduates of these 10 schools, and this college provides its students with opportunities for regular performance through the institution's many ensembles. Students at Boston College can double major in music and another field.
Yale University also offers several ensemble opportunities to its students, including the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Voxtet, Yale Camerata and Yale Schola Cantorum. These ensembles give regular on-site performances to the school and public. Students at Princeton University can pursue their main field of study while still working on a music certificate available from the college.
Concentrations in Stanford University's music department include music history, music theory, performance, composition and conducting. Cornell University's music offerings cover both classical as well as various modern forms of the art. Columbia University has a special partnership with the famous Julliard School of Music, enabling students to partake in classes at Julliard.