About

You shouldn’t have to choose between your passions in music and another discipline. The DDE at the University of Rochester combines the resources of the College and the Eastman School of Music. It allows you to combined your interest in music with a specific academic discipline offered at the College.

You apply separately to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and pursue a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts or Science simultaneously. Typically, a DDE student can complete the requirements for both degrees in five years. During that time, you’ll receive focused counseling and opportunities to work closely with esteemed faculty. You also get to choose which campus (The River Campus or the Eastman School) to live on. The two campuses are just a few miles apart, and frequent shuttle buses make it easy for you to commute between them.

Applying

Applying to DDE

You must complete separate applications to the College and to the Eastman School of Music. You also have to indicate your interest in DDE through the Common Application or Universal College Application 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. Your application is due by December 1.

  1. Apply to the College
  2. Apply to the Eastman School of Music


Decision Notification and Timeline

You will be notified of both schools’ decisions through Eastman’s online notification system. You can securely log in to your Eastman account and view your Dual Degree Eastman decision in the spring. You will not receive a separately mailed notification letter from the College unless you choose to apply to the College through Early Decision (ED).* If you’re admitted to the College through ED, you will receive an admit letter from the College in mid-December. Accepting the ED offer from the College cannot be contingent upon your admission to the Eastman School of Music.

If you are not admitted into DDE, you will be notified in January and may have the option to have your application reviewed for general admission to the College. If this occurs, your application will follow the Regular Decision timeline and you’ll be notified by April 1.

*Regarding Early Decision: The College offers a binding Early Decision (ED) option, but the Eastman School of Music does not. Therefore, DDE applicants are encouraged to apply ED only if they definitely plan to attend the College regardless of whether they are admitted to Eastman.

Program Perks

The perks of DDE 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

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 primarily interested in a music conservatory curriculum and secondarily interested in an academic degree from the College.
  • 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.


What if DDE isn’t for you but you’re still interested in studying music?

The DDE program is not recommended if you’re primarily interested in gaining admission to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. This is because the College offers its own Bachelor of Arts in music, comprised of tenured faculty from both the College and Eastman.

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

Ranked as one of the top music schools in the world, the Eastman School is just minutes from the River Campus and grants you access to world-class faculty and facilities.

Learn more about the Eastman School of Music.

Sample Schedule

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

(C) = Course taken at the College
(E) = Course taken at Eastman

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)


Note: Your curriculum will vary significantly based on your combination of majors. In most cases, DDE students require five academic years to complete their degrees.

Note: 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.