We welcome students who may have begun their musical education elsewhere, but wish to finish their degrees at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. For the most part, transfer candidates must follow the same application process as new students with a few additional requirements.
The good news for transfer applicants is that some credits may be transferable to the Colburn Conservatory. Requests for credit transfers are made during your first semester of enrollment in the Conservatory.
Completed humanities courses with a grade of C or better at another accredited undergraduate college or university shall be considered for transfer.
We may accept up to 50% of general education and humanities credits (12 credits total) for transfer applicants who have completed at least two years of post-secondary education.
For students who have less than two years of post-secondary education, including high school students who have earned college credits, we may accept up to 25% (6 credits total) of general education and humanities credits.
All transfer applicants must provide us with official transcripts showing final grades. Also, we may ask for course descriptions, syllabus, or textbooks and class materials to determine course equivalency.
Credit for these courses at Colburn is based on assessment tests. The results will determine whether you’ll receive credit for equivalent classes at Colburn.
Placement into music history courses at the Colburn Conservatory of Music will be based on a review of your transcripts, which must include course names and final grades. Also, we may ask for course descriptions, syllabi, or textbooks and class materials to determine course equivalency.
Regardless of your previous school experiences, we expect all students at the Colburn Conservatory of Music to enroll in applied studies (lessons) and orchestra (except pianists) during each semester. We also expect all students to enroll in chamber music classes for 50% of their enrollment.
The final determination of whether your previously earned credits from another college or university will be applied toward your work at the Colburn Conservatory of Music will be decided by the Dean of the Conservatory in consultation with faculty. Typically this decision will be finalized during the registration process. Any adjustments to transfer credits or placements are made at the discretion of Colburn and in consultation with your academic advisor.
The Transfer Release Form is not required for transfer applicants who are currently attending schools outside of the United States. All other requirements as stated above apply to international transfer candidates.