CCM By The Numbers
Applications for Fall 2023
- Undergraduate: 2,212
- Graduate: 1,312
Admitted Student Statistics for Fall 2023
- Average GPA: 3.2/4.0
- Average GPA: 3.66/4.0
- Full Time: 115
- Part Time: 141
College Enrollment for 2022-23 (All Enrolled Students)
- Total: 1,333
- Undergraduate: 797
- Graduate: 536
College Enrollment for 2022-23 (Full-Time Equivalency)
- Total: 1,179
- Undergraduate: 776
- Graduate: 403
CCM’s current student population comes to Cincinnati from 41 different U.S. states and 41 different countries. International students represent roughly 23% of the student body.
Recent Bragging Rights
- CCM regularly takes one of the top spots in Playbill Magazine’s annual list of “10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway.”
- CCM was #12 on the Hollywood Reporter’s list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools” in the world, appearing alongside schools like Juilliard, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Bristol Old Vic.
- CCM was included in Backstage Magazine's list of “12 College Vocal Programs You Should Know” alongside the likes of the Juilliard School, the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and other top performing arts institutions. CCM was recognized for its “holistic approach to the profession,” its ample performance opportunities, its strong ties to area arts organizations and its robust series of guest artist presentations. Backstage also cited the successes of CCM-trained singers such as John Holiday, Daniel Okulitch and Tamara Wilson.
- CCM’s Opera program has long been regarded as one of the world’s most comprehensive training programs. In July of 2016, the Toronto Star reviewed a production of the new American opera Fellow Travelers, which was workshopped at CCM through the renowned “Opera Fusion” program that the college co-hosts with Cincinnati Opera. The review hailed CCM as “one of the continent’s major music schools.”
- 100% of the graduates from the MA/MBA Arts Administration joint program between CCM and the Lindner College of Business have gained employment in their chosen field.
- Graduates of CCM’s Music Education programs enjoy a 100% placement rate, often as school music teachers, community arts personnel, church musicians, college faculty members and students in advanced programs of study.
- The internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Ariel Quartet directs CCM’s chamber music program and presents an annual series of concerts. In 2023, the members of the Ariel Quartet were featured on NBC's Today Show and Nightly News with Lester Holt thanks to their collaboration with Violins of Hope.
- CCM's Jazz Orchestra was invited to compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center's (JALC) second annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship in April 2022. The invitational competition featured ensembles from 10 of "the most well-regarded university jazz programs in the country."
- In 2020, CCM's Division of Media Production launched its Sports Media Production program in partnership with UC Athletics programs and ESPN. The partnership gives students the opportunity to produce live, multi-camera sports broadcasts for ESPN's various networks and streaming platforms. The program made history when UC was given an opportunity to help produce ESPNU's televised coverage of the UC vs. Tulsa men's basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, becoming the first school in the American Athletic Conference to hold this distinction. In 2023, the "Best of Cincinnati" awards named CCM Sports Media Production "Best Student Program with Actual National Exposure."
- Produced and released during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCM OnStage Online series of digital concerts and performing arts presentations was featured by Broadway World, Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati CityBeat, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Public Radio, Local 12 WKRC-TV, Movers and Makers, Musical America and The Violin Channel. In March of 2021, the Cincinnati Business Courier published a feature-length article entitled "One year into pandemic, UC's College-Conservatory of Music uses innovation to adapt," which focused on the series.
Did you know ...
- CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio. The annual calendar boasts nearly 1,000 events, ranging from solo recitals to fully-staged opera and musical theater performances.
- In the most recent rankings by U.S. News and World Report, CCM was honored as the sixth top university program in the country for pursuing a graduate degree in music. Within the specialty areas of voice and conducting, CCM's programs placed third and fifth, respectively. Other nationally ranked programs include Music Composition, Orchestra/Symphony and Acting. The Musical Theatre program is widely considered one of the best in the country.
- CCM ensembles have performed internationally, recorded for major labels and won ASCAP awards for excellence and programming.
- Nine degrees are offered (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors.
- The Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library houses more than 150,000 volumes, including books, music scores, periodicals, microforms and recordings that support the full range of programs offered.
- The library is supplemented by the Music Listening Center, which offers an advanced audio system with 48 listening stations and 24 computer stations.
- Among the performance spaces are the 663-seat Corbett Auditorium, the 378-seat Patricia Corbett Theater, the versatile Cohen Family Studio Theater, the 250-seat Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and the 140-seat Watson Recital Hall.
- "Smart" classrooms allow electronic access to the latest information in real time and offer opportunities for cutting-edge audiovisual presentations.
- Production facilities include an 8,500 square-foot scene shop; 3,000 square-foot costume shop; wig, make-up and prosthetics studios; design/drafting studio; sound design studio; and a lighting laboratory.
- In 2009 CCM received the designation of “All Steinway-School,” a distinction shared by the top conservatories in the world. CCM has also become one of the largest repositories of Steinway pianos outside the company’s Long Island City, N.Y.-based factory.
- In 2011, CCM was recognized as Ohio's first Center of Excellence in Music and Theatre Arts by the Ohio Board of Regents.
- CCM's performance venues received $15 million in upgrades in 2016-17. The renovation project upgraded theater controls, stage rigging and lighting. New audio and video systems were also installed in all of CCM’s major performance spaces. Renovations improved connectivity between the venues. Upgrades included the installation of new video monitoring systems, intercom systems and an inter-venue technical production communication system, as well as fiber optic cables for live streaming. New lighting and a new stage were installed in Corbett Auditorium as part of the renovations, along with new carpet, seating and a new stage curtain. The seating in Patricia Corbett Theater was also refurbished, and a new carpet was installed in the theater’s lobby. Patricia Corbett Theater also received updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
- In 2019, CCM's Department of Jazz Studies was named the inaugural college affiliate of the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center, a distinction reserved for the country’s top-ranked jazz programs.
- In April 2022, the CCM Jazz Orchestra had the honor of performing in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s second annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship. The championship featured ensembles from the 10 “most well-regarded university jazz programs in the country.”