San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Private, Four-years School Located in San Francisco, CA

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How much is the SFCM tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, SFCM's tuition & fees is $54,550.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $80,850 when a student lives on-campus.

SFCM Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$54,550
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$19,900
On-campus Expenses$5,400
Off-campus Room & Board$17,200
Off-campus Expenses$6,100
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$58,577

How Much Does it Cost to Go to SFCM for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $236,889 at SFCM. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $342,219. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $213,257.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$56,358$82,064$51,383
Sophomore (2024-25)$58,226$84,345$52,647
Junior (2025-26)$60,156$86,695$53,946
Senior (2026-27)$62,150$89,115$55,281
4 Years Total$236,889$342,219$213,257
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$58,226$84,345$52,647
Sophomore (2025-26)$60,156$86,695$53,946
Junior (2026-27)$62,150$89,115$55,281
Senior (2027-28)$64,209$91,608$56,652
4 Years Total$244,741$351,763$218,526
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$60,156$86,695$53,946
Sophomore (2026-27)$62,150$89,115$55,281
Junior (2027-28)$64,209$91,608$56,652
Senior (2028-29)$66,338$94,176$58,062
4 Years Total$252,852$361,594$223,941
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$62,150$89,115$55,281
Sophomore (2027-28)$64,209$91,608$56,652
Junior (2028-29)$66,338$94,176$58,062
Senior (2029-30)$68,536$96,822$59,511
4 Years Total$261,233$371,721$229,506
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$64,209$91,608$56,652
Sophomore (2028-29)$66,338$94,176$58,062
Junior (2029-30)$68,536$96,822$59,511
Senior (2030-31)$70,808$99,548$61,000
4 Years Total$269,891$382,154$235,226

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, SFCM' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
San Francisco Conservatory of Music$54,550
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between SFCM and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
San Francisco Conservatory of MusicSan Francisco, CA$54,550$54,550
American Film Institute ConservatoryLos Angeles, CA$64,221$65,800
American Conservatory TheaterSan Francisco, CA$30,285$30,285
California College of the ArtsSan Francisco, CA$57,946$61,030
Columbia College HollywoodTarzana, CA$26,175-
Dell'Arte International School of Physical TheatreBlue Lake, CA$17,650$17,300
Design Institute of San DiegoSan Diego, CA$29,350$27,100
Interior Designers InstituteNewport Beach, CA$20,250$20,400
Laguna College of Art and DesignLaguna Beach, CA$35,650$41,220
Musicians InstituteHollywood, CA$28,400$32,470
Otis College of Art and DesignLos Angeles, CA$55,513$52,480

Financial Aid and COA

At San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 226 students (100%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $29,697.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at SFCM is $51,153 for students living on-campus and $49,153 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 56 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $30,328 and the average amount of student loans is $8,930.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$80,850
COA (off-campus)$78,850
Tuition & Fees$54,550
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$26,300
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$24,300
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$51,153
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$49,153
Average Financial Aid$29,697
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship226100%$29,697
Pell Grants3917%$5,574
Federal Student Loan10346%$6,648
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid56100%-
Grants or Scholarships56100%$30,328
Federal Grants611%$5,787
Pell Grants611%$5,287
Other Federal Grants611%$500
State/Local Grants59%$9,220
Institutional Grants56100%$28,885
Student Loan Aid2545%$8,930
Federal Student Loans2341%$5,228
Other Student Loans47%$25,750

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

SFCM's acceptance rate is 46.45%. A total of 422 applicants applied to and 196 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 49 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 25.00%.
To apply to SFCM, 5 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Recommendations, Formal demonstration of competencies and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 2 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank and Completion of college-preparatory program.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants422222$200
Admitted196111$85
Enrolled4930$19
Acceptance Rate46.45%50.00%42.50%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.00%27.03%22.35%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRequired
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

San Francisco Conservatory of Music has a total of 437 students including 221 undergraduate and 216 graduate students. By gender, there are 223 male students and 219 female students attending SFCM.
TotalMaleFemale
Total442 223219
Undergraduate228 13593
Graduate214 88126

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone415-864-7326
WEBhttps://sfcm.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered38 Programs
Graduate Program Offered9 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate41.58%
Yield27.61%
Student Population437
Graduation Rate62%
Retention Rate90%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate3 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties29 (Full-time), 21 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs91 (Full-time), 36 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$134,974
Average Staff Salary$110,398