About

Dual Degree with Eastman (DDE)

The University of Rochester’s Dual Degree with Eastman (DDE) program allows qualified students to apply separately to the Eastman School of Music and to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. If admitted to both schools, students pursue a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science at each school simultaneously.

Typically, a DDE student can complete the requirements for both degrees in five years. Prospective DDE students must apply to the College and to Eastman School separately, paying close attention to the specific requirements of each, such as the pre-screening and audition process at Eastman and the testing requirement and interview at the College. In order to be considered for the Dual Degree with Eastman program, completed applications must be received by each school by December 1, 12:00 am EST.

Although the two campuses are just a few miles apart, frequent shuttle buses make it easy for students to commute between them.

Applying

Applying to DDE

To apply for the Dual Degree with Eastman program, you must complete separate applications to the College and to the Eastman School of Music. You must indicate your interest in this Professional Degree Program through the Common Application or Universal College Application in order to be considered a Dual Degree applicant. Depending on your intended area of interest at Eastman, a pre-screening audition at Eastman may be required.

Complete applications must be received no later than December 1.

 

Decision Notification and Timeline

DDE applicants will be notified of both schools’ decisions through Eastman’s online notification system. Students can securely log into their Eastman account after receiving an email prompt in the spring to view their Dual Degree Eastman decision. Applicants will not receive a separately mailed notification letter from the College unless they choose to apply to the College through the Early Decision.*

Students who apply but are not considered finalists for the Dual Degree with Eastman program will be notified in January and may be given the option to have their application considered again for admission to the College alone. Students who opt to have their application considered for admission to the College without admission to the DDE program will have their applications reviewed along the Regular Decision timeline and will be notified by the College decision by April 1.

*Regarding Early Decision: The College offers a binding Early Decision (ED) option, but Eastman School of Music does not. Therefore, applicants to the DDE program are encouraged to apply Early Decision only if they definitely plan to attend the College regardless of whether they are admitted to Eastman. If admitted to the College through Early Decision, applicants will receive a hard-copy admission letter from the College in mid-December, but a decision from Eastman School won’t be made until the spring. Your acceptance of an Early Decision offer from the College cannot be contingent upon your admission to Eastman School of Music.

Questions? 

Justine Rumbel  
Assistant Director of Admissions (College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering) 
justine.rumbel@rochester.edu

Christina Crispin 
Assistant Director of Admissions (Eastman School of Music)  
ccrispin@esm.rochester.edu

Program Perks

Perks of the Program

 The perks of the DDE program include:

  • The opportunity to simultaneously pursue degrees from a world-renowned music conservatory and a prestigious tier-one research university
  • Focused counseling from advisors at both the College and the Eastman School
  • The freedom to choose which campus to call home
  • The ability to compare financial aid and scholarship offers from both campuses

Is DDE for You?

Is DDE for You?

You might be a good fit for DDE if you:

  • Are committed to pursuing studies in both music at a conservatory and another discipline in the arts, sciences, or engineering.
  • Are an accomplished musician.
  • Have challenged yourself with rigorous classes (honors, AP, IB, college-level classes, etc.).
  • Do well academically (successful applicants typically have at least a 3.7 unweighted GPA and rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class).
  • Perform well on SAT Reasoning, ACT exams, and/or other standardized tests

The DDE program is not recommended to students whose primary interest is gaining admission to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. This is because the College, located on the River Campus, offers its own Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, comprised of tenured faculty of both the College and Eastman. Therefore, the DDE program is designed particularly for those students seeking a music conservatory curriculum as well as the opportunity to earn an academic bachelor’s degree simultaneously. All students at the College have the option of taking lessons at Eastman free of charge regardless of their intended major and despite not being enrolled at Eastman. Additionally, matriculated students at Eastman have the opportunity to take some courses through the College to support their degree at Eastman. Finally, because each school has its own Office of Admissions and its own review process, it is not uncommon for a DDE applicant to be a strong candidate for one school and not the other.

For these reasons we encourage students who are considering the Dual Degree with Eastman to thoroughly research the myriad options available at Rochester. Since each campus is less than 10 minutes apart, we recommend scheduling a visit at each of them, interviewing, and connecting with any of the departments that interest you.

Eastman School

Eastman School of Music

Learn more about the world-class Eastman School of Music just minutes from the River Campus.

Sample Schedule

Although a Dual Degree student’s curriculum will vary significantly based on his/her combination of majors, we hope the sample course schedule below will provide some insight into how one DDE student balanced her Eastman School and River Campus courses. In most cases, DDE students require five academic years to complete their degrees; however that is not always the case and it depends on the degree paths they choose. 

Although the vast majority of classes offered in the College are four credits each, Eastman classes range from one to four credits. So, although the list of courses a DDE student takes each term may seem daunting, remember that the total number of credits isn’t significantly higher than normal.

Sample Course Schedule

(C) = Courses taken at the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
(E) = Courses taken at Eastman School of Music

Major at Eastman School: Applied music (violin); Major at the College: Math

First Semester (Fall)

Course

Description

CAS 105

REASONING & WRITING

(C)

CHB 181

INTRO STRING QUARTET SEMINAR

(E)

EIC 101

EASTMAN COLLOQUIUM

(E)

ENS 100

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MTH 171Q

HONORS CALCULUS I

(C)

TH 101

MODEL COMPOSITION & TONAL ANALYSIS I

(E)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

PCL 101

PIANO CLASS I

(E)

 

Second Semester (Spring)

Course

Description

CHB 182

INTRO STRING QUARTET SEMINAR

(E)

CHE 150

GREEN ENGINEERING

(C)

ENS 100

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

TH 102

MODEL COMPOSITION & TONAL ANALYSIS II

(E)

TH 162

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP II

(E)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

HIS 254

THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1896 – 1945

(C)

MTH 391

HONORS CALCULUS II

(C)

PCL 102

PIANO CLASS II

(E)

 

Third Semester (Fall)

Course

Description

CHB 281

CHAMBER MUSIC I: STRINGS

(E)

ENS 100

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MTH 173Q

HONORS CALCULUS III

(C)

PCL 103

PIANO CLASS III

(E)

TH 201

MODEL COMPOSITION & TONAL ANALYSIS III

(E)

TH 261

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP III

(E)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

 

Fourth Semester (Spring)

Course

Description

CHB 282

CHAMBER MUSIC II: STRINGS

(E)

ENS 200

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MHS 121

MUSIC & SOCIETY: 800 – 1750

(E)

MTH 174Q

HONORS CALCULUS IV

(C)

MTH 236H

INTRO TO ALGEBRA I (HONORS)

(C)

TH 202

MODEL COMPOSITION & TONAL ANALYSIS IV

(E)

TH 262

AURAL MUSICIANSHIP IV

(E)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

PCL 104

PIANO CLASS IV

(E)

 

Fifth Semester (Fall)

Course

Description

CHB 281

CHAMBER MUSIC I: STRINGS

(E)

ENS 200

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MHS 122

MUSIC & SOCIETY: 1730 – 1880

(E)

MTH 201

INTRO TO PROBABILITY

(C)

MTH 265H

FUNCTIONS OF A REAL VARIABLE (HON)

(C)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

 

Sixth Semester (Spring)

Course

Description

CHB 282

CHAMBER MUSIC II: STRINGS

(E)

ECO 207

INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS

(C)

ENS 200

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MHS 123

MUSIC & SOCIETY: 1880 – 2000

(E)

MTH 240H

INTRO TO TOPOLOGY (HONORS)

(C)

MTH 282

INTRO TO COMPLEX VARIABLES

(C)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

 

Seventh Semester (Fall)

Course

Description

ENS 100

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

MTH 230

NUMBER THEORY

(C)

MTH 246

SET THEORY AND LOGIC

(C)

TH 205

MODEL COMPOSITION & POST-TONAL ANALYSIS

(E)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

 

Eighth Semester (Spring)

Course

Description

CHB 282

CHAMBER MUSIC II: STRINGS

(E)

ENS 100

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

(E)

ESM 201

BACHELOR’S DEGREE RECITAL

(E)

MTH 391W

CRYPTOGRAPHY STUDY

(C)

VLN 160

PRIMARY VIOLIN

(E)

MTH 218

INTRO TO MATH MODELS IN LIFE SCIENCES

(C)

MTH 233

MATHEMATICAL CRYPTOGRAPHY

(C)

MTH 248

THEORY OF GRAPHS

(C)

 

Ninth Semester (Fall)

Course

Description

ENS 251

ORCHESTRAL REPERTORY: VIOLIN

(E)

MTH 281

APPLIED BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS

(C)

MTH 569

TOPICS IN ANALYTIC NUMBER THEORY

(C)

PH 103

CONCEPTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

(C)

STT 277

COMPUTING: INTRO TO STATISTICAL SOFTWARE

(C)

STT 278

METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS

(C)

TH 581

COMPUTATIONAL MODELS OF MUSIC

(E)

 

Tenth Semester (Spring)

Course

Description

ENS 252

ORCHESTRAL REPERTORY: VIOLIN

(E)

MTH 391

STOCHASTIC PROCESSES

(C)

MTH 393W

HONORS PROJECT

(C)