List of Recording Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Recording schools and colleges may offer programs in recording arts, audio technology and sound recording technology. Prospective students often consider the types of credentials a school offers, class size and internship opportunities when selecting a school.

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Recording credentials can be obtained at multiple levels. Some of the factors students may want to consider when choosing a school include class size, hands-on experience and length of programs.

10 Schools with Recording Programs

The following is a list of 10 schools that offer recording programs. Tuition is based off the 2015-2016 school year:

College/University Institution Type Location Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Indiana University-Bloomington 4-year, Public Bloomington, IN Associate's, Bachelor's $10,388, in-state; $33,741, out-of-state
Texas State University-San Marcos 4-year, Public San Marcos, TX Bachelor's $9,348, in-state; $20,268, out-of-state
Middle Tennessee State University 4-year, Public Murfreesboro, TN Bachelor's $8,080, in-state; $24,808, out-of-state
Cuyahoga Community College District 2-year, Public Cleveland, OH Associate's $3,136, in-district; $3,953, in-state; $7,648, out-of-state
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private Baltimore, MD Bachelor's $48,710
Camden County College 2-year, Public Blackwood, NJ Certificate $4,320, in-district; $4,440, in-state & out-of-state
Schoolcraft College 2-year, Public Livonia, MI Certificate, Associate's $3,564, in-district; $4,854, in-state; $6,834, out-of-state
Columbia College Chicago 4-year, Private Chicago, IL Bachelor's $24,344
Vincennes University 4-year, Public Vincennes, IN Certificate, Associate's $198.25/hr, in-state; $493.14/hr, out-of-state
Guilford Technical Community College 2-year, Public Jamestown, NC Associate's $2,064, in-district; $2,208, in-state; $7,056, out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, Schools' websites

School Selection Criteria

The most common recording school programs award certificates, Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Here are some factors students should consider when looking for recording schools:

  • Students interested in a certain aspect of recording should look at schools that offer specialized courses and programs.
  • Students should consider the length and cost of each program, basing their decision off the career path they wish to pursue.
  • Look for schools that offer smaller student-to-teacher ratios. Opportunities to work closely with the faculty will provide insight that can't be found in a textbook.
  • Find schools that offer a variety of hands-on training. This will enable students to hone their skills and prepare them the field of recording.

Recording programs are offered at a number of different levels at both private and public schools. With tuition rates varying all across the board, the final decision is ultimately based on what the student hopes to achieve in their future recording career.

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