Releases Its Ranking of U.S. College Music Scenes for 2015

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Affordable Schools 

(, a college search and rankings website, has published a ranking of the top 25 college music scenes in the country.  (

Boston (MA) leads the rankings which were compiled by looking at the largest metro areas in the US and incorporating the number of college students, number of college-hosted music festivals, number of non-college-hosted music festivals, and the number of top ranked music conservatories in the city. Los Angeles (CA) and New York City (NY) came in at second and third in the rankings, respectively.

Other top college music scenes in the nation include (in alphabetical order, with local schools contributing to the music scene):

- Asheville, NC (University of North Carolina at Asheville, Warren Wilson College)

- Athens, GA (University of Georgia)

- Atlanta, GA (Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Oglethorpe University)

- Austin, TX (University of Texas at Austin, St. Edwards University, Concordia University Texas)

- Chicago, IL (University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago State University, Loyola University Chicago)

- Denver, CO (University of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, Metro State University of Denver, Regis University, Johnson & Wales University Denver, the Art Institute of Colorado)

- Houston, TX (University of Houston, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University)

- Las Vegas, NV (University of Nevada Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada)

- Madison, WI (University of Wisconsin at Madison, Edgewood College, Drew University)

- Memphis, TN (University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Memphis College of Art, Christian Brothers University)

- Miami, FL (University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Barry University, Miami International University of Art)

- Minneapolis, MN (University of Minnesota, Walden University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Augsburg College, Northcentral University)

- Nashville, TN (Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State University (nearby))

- New Orleans, LA (Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University)

- Omaha, NE (University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, Clarkson College)

- Philadelphia, PA (University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Saint Joseph's University, La Salle University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Arts)

- Pittsburgh, PA (University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Chatham University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, La Roche College, Heinz College)

- Portland, OR (Portland State University, University of Portland, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, Concordia University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Art Institute of Portland)

- Providence, RI (Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island College)

- San Francisco, CA (San Francisco State University, University of California at San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Golden Gate University, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Art Institute of California)

- Seattle, WA (University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, Seattle Pacific University, South Seattle College, City University of Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, the Art Institute of Seattle)

- Washington, D.C. (Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, University of the District of Columbia, the Catholic University of America, Trinity Washington University)

According to Raj Dash, managing editor, "there are a variety of factors, from cultural heritage, to public support, to thriving university art spaces which help to promote our top music scenes. While at the end of the day the 'best' music scenes in the nation may come down to personal preference, we tried to compile information relating to some of the indicators of a thriving college music scene into our ranking."

Notable trends include the proliferation of thriving music scenes in hotspots throughout the south and American megacities, locations that were the birthplaces of traditional American music forms. is an independent college search and rankings site with a focus on affordable colleges and programs within higher education. It publishes a number of rankings series focusing on affordable bachelor's degrees (various topics), affordable bachelor's degree colleges by state, affordable online degree programs, resource lists and much more. The site is designed to make your college search easier.

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