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General FAQ:

How long has McNally Smith College of Music been in existence?
Is McNally Smith an accredited college?
What is McNally Smith’s enrollment and number of faculty?
How can I tour the school?
How do I get information sent to me?
Where are McNally Smith students from?
Do you have an online application or can something be sent to me by email?
Who is my Admissions Representative?
What is the deadline for applying?
What is the application process?
What are your standards for applicants? ACT/SAT scores? GPA?
What’s the audition process?
Is there additional testing?
How much is tuition?
Does McNally Smith provide housing?
Where do I park?
Do you have online classes?
Do you have night/weekend classes?

How many more classes/credits will I need to take for a Bachelor of Music Degree if I have already completed my Associate of Applied Science degree in Performance?
What other classes will I need to take if I have completed my AAS in Performance Degree?
How long will it take to complete my Bachelor of Music Degree if I have completed my AAS in Performance Degree?
Will I still be able to take lessons with my favorite instructors?
Do any of the Performance Departments have any special requirements?
Are there any other performance requirements in addition to classes I need to take?
If my degree is in something other than performance, can I apply for the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree?
If my AAS degree from McNally Smith College is in something other than performance, will any of my credits count towards the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree?
Is Financial Aid available for the Bachelor of Music Degree?
Are Scholarships available?
Did the National Association of Schools of Music approve this Bachelor of Music in Performance Program?
Did the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office approve this Bachelor of Music in Performance Program?
What are the steps I need to take if I want to start the Bachelor of Music program?

How long has McNally Smith College of Music been in existence?

McNally Smith College of Music was founded by Jack McNally and Doug Smith in 1985.

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Is McNally Smith an accredited college?

Yes. McNally Smith College of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

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What is McNally Smith’s enrollment and number of faculty?

McNally Smith is a small private college with an average yearly enrollment of approximately 600 students and 100 faculty members.

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How can I tour the school?

Individual tours can be scheduled, by appointment, any weekday with an Admissions Representative. We also offer Saturday group tours once per month and host an Open House every semester. For more information, visit our Campus Visits page.

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How do I get information sent to me?

Complete the online Info Request Form or contact the Admissions Department by calling 1-800-594-9500.

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Where are McNally Smith students from?

McNally Smith Students come from every region of the United States. Because we are located in the Upper Midwest, more than half of our enrollment are residents of the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Iowa. You may meet students at McNally Smith from countries around the world: South Africa, Chile, Venezuela, and Japan, to name a few.

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Do you have an online application or can something be sent to me by email?

Yes. Fill it out here — McNally Smith Online Application.

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Who is my Admissions Representative?

If you don’t remember the name of your Admissions Rep you can email the Admissions Department at any time and your Admissions Rep will be given the email. You are also welcome to call the Admissions Department and ask there, 1-800-594-9500.

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What is the deadline for applying?

McNally Smith operates on a rolling admissions basis. Although we have no application deadline, completed applications should be received at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. It is best to apply early in order to have enough time to complete the application process.

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What is the application process?

The brief outline of the application process is located in the Admissions Procedures section of the website. Your rep will help you though each step.

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What are your standards for applicants? ACT/SAT scores? GPA?

McNally Smith is looking for students who have a strong aptitude and potential for success in our college and in the music industry. Instead of using test and grade point cut-offs, we look at more than just the GPA and ACT/SAT score when making our admissions decisions.

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What’s the audition/demo process?

Auditions are required for students planning to major in Performance. We will contact you to arrange an audition once you apply to our college. Here are the list of audition/demo requirements for each program (these will open a pdf):

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Is there additional testing?

Students planning to major in Recording Technology or Music Production will need to complete a technology evaluation as part of the application process. We will contact you to arrange an evaluation once you apply to our college.

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How much is tuition?

Complete an online Info Request Form to access a comprehensive downloadable tuition and fees information packet.

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Does McNally Smith provide housing?

Yes. We have dorms. Admissions will also provide an apartment list and a roommate list to assist students in making arrangements. Visit our Housing page for more information.

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Where do I park?

McNally Smith is located between two large parking structures. Click here for details (pdf). Metered street parking is also widely available.

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Do you have online classes?

No, McNally Smith does not yet offer classes online. We do offer some distance learning classes for our interns who want to continue with full-time status while off campus.

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Do you have night/weekend classes?

No, McNally Smith does not currently offer for credit weekend or night classes. Some weekend Pro Tools and Logic Pro certification courses are open to the public, and available to students and alumni.

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How many more classes/credits will I need to take for a Bachelor of Music Degree if I have already completed my Associate of Applied Science degree in Performance?

Although every student’s situation is different, if you took a standard load, you would have completed 61 of the 120 credits required for our Bachelor of Music Degree.

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How long will it take to complete my Bachelor of Music Degree if I have completed my AAS in Performance Degree?

In most cases it will take an additional 4 Semesters of schooling to complete a Bachelor of Music Degree.

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Will I still be able to take lessons with my favorite instructors?

Yes, we also offer private lessons to our students.

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Do any of the Performance Departments have any special requirements?

Yes, Voice students will need to take 2 semesters of Diction and 2 semesters of a foreign language.

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Are there any other performance requirements in addition to classes I need to take?

Yes, You will need to present a Junior Recital (30 minutes) and a Senior Recital (60 minutes).  There will also be a Senior Jury that you will need to pass.

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If my degree is in something other than performance, can I apply for the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree?

Yes, You will need to pass an audition and have had a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 in your previous program.

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If my AAS degree from McNally Smith College is in something other than performance, will any of my credits count towards the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree?

Yes, all 20 General Education credits will count, 12 REC or BUS credits could count as electives, and in addition you may be able to test out of some of the Music Theory and Aural Skills classes.  If you took Private lessons they would also count.

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Is Financial Aid available for the Bachelor of Music Degree?

You may apply for all the same Federal and State grant and student loan funding as before.  In addition, any remaining student loan payments from your previous enrollment period may be deferred while you are enrolled in the Bachelor Degree Program.

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Are Scholarships available?

McNally Smith College of Music offers scholarships to all incoming and current students pursing a degree at the college. Scholarships range from $500 to full tuition for full-time students. Please check out our scholarships page from more information and a list of all scholarships available, as well as scholarship applications.

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Did the National Association of Schools of Music approve this Bachelor of Music in Performance Program?

Yes

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Did the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office approve this Bachelor of Music in Performance Program?

Yes.

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What are the steps I need to take if I want to start the Bachelor of Music program?

  • Contact admissions to apply for re-admission to college
    • Your application will be sent to your Dept. Head
    • Your Transcript will be sent to your Dept. Head
    • If you are transferring from another program you will need to audition
    • You will need to take an ACT or SAT test if you have not done this previously
  • Meet with your Dept. Head to discuss what additional classes you will need to take to complete your degree
  • Meet with Financial Aid to discuss what financial aid is available
  • Meet with your Dept Head to pre-registrar for classes

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