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Facts and Stats

Alumni statisticsDefinition: A Curtis alumnus or alumna has completed at least one academic year and left in good standing.

The Alumni Community

As of December 2011

Total number of alumni: 3,939

  • Over the past five years, an average of forty-two students have graduated from Curtis annually.


Number of living alumni: 2,830

  • Alumni reside in forty-six states (plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico) and forty-one countries.


Number of majors throughout Curtis’s history: 29

  • Curtis currently offers only one master’s degree program—in Opera.


Number of commencement ceremonies: 78

  • Curtis’s first graduation ceremony was May 22, 1934, ten years after the establishment of the school. All alumni were invited back to attend. In all, more than seventy participants were recognized, including thirty-four current graduating students and many who had previously earned their diplomas.


Data are for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates


Graduation rates within 150% of normal time to program completion for 2011

Overall 83%
Male 89%
Female 66%
White, non-Hispanic 88%
Non-resident alien 100%


Retention rate

Fall 2011 95%

Placement in employment

Alumni from the classes of 2010-2013 have been appointed to positions in the following ensembles:

  •  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  •  Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
  •  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  •  Cleveland Orchestra
  •  Dresden Opera House
  •  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  •  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  •  National Symphony Orchestra
  •  New York Philharmonic
  •  New York Youth Orchestra
  •  Opera Frankfurt
  •  Pittsburgh Opera
  •  Royal Danish Opera Orchestra

Alumni from the classes of 2010-2013 have attended the following programs:

  •  Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera
  •  The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  •  Houston Grand Opera young artists program

graduate and continuing enrollment of curtis graduates

Graduates from 2010-2013 have entered graduate programs at:

  •  Boston University College of Fine Arts
  •  Cleveland Institute of Music
  •  Colburn School
  •  Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse
  •  Escuela de Reina Sophia
  •  Harvard University
  •  Juilliard School
  •  New England Conservatory
  •  Princeton University
  •  Rice University’s Sheperd School of Music
  •  University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  •  University of Miami
  •  University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music
  •  Yale Institute of Sacred Music
  •  Yale University


Graduates from 2010-2013 have pursued bachelor’s degrees at:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Saint Joseph's University


Alumni Relations Office, (215) 893-5272