For a small liberal arts college, when filling out the common app, is it advantageous to say your preferred area of interest is music? Versus, say, biology which is a really popular major at most schools? This is for a kid with a lowish gpa that needs every boost he can get. And he is an incredibly talented musician who plans on continuing wjth music in college — may or may not major, though.
He should indicate a major her wants to pursue. It doesn’t make a huge difference, because they know many change. But be honest.
At the same time, he can submit a music supplement with recording/video/link, a music resume, and letter of recommendation from music teacher(s). This can provide a boost to an application whether he wants to major in music or not.
He will definitely do those things. I am quite certain he will get some scholarship dollars. I think he is probably a better musician than most BM students at the type of schools he is applying to. And you answered my question, too — how much attention do they even pay to that on the Common App. Thanks!
Music schools are typically among the most competitive to get into within a given university. Not always, but typically.
If that’s the case for the university you’re targeting and if you’re primary goal is to become a music major, admissions officers within the music school will potentially take a candidate less seriously if they put a different major as their first priority.
Many schools give merit aid to a vast majority of students - because they know people won’t pay the sticker price.
If you’re Harvard, people will readily paid $80K a year.
If you’re a C level school in name your state, most aren’t going to spend $80K a year. They’d go to their local regional/directional/city school or a community college so that LAC has to have competitive tuition.
He is applying to SLACs, not large universities. For most if not all of his colleges, the music program isn’t in a separate “school” such that he needs to reapply for a new major if he changes his mind. He is a much better musician than student, so I was wondering if it helps at all with admissions to denote “music” as your primary area of interest since it’s a less popular major than say biology, psychology, business, etc.
Again, the major he declares is not important. But submitting a music supplement will help, usually quite a lot. He doesn’t have to be a music major to submit . Schools need extracurricular musicians.
The comment about schools of music is not relevant, as @murray94 wrote, unless the LAC has a conservatory or school of music and he changes his mind and wants a BM. And you cannot apply to a BM program at a music school without being a music major .