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Dual Degree with Eastman (DDE)

About DDE

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

For this program, you would apply separately to the world-renowned Eastman School of Music and Arts, Sciences & 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. Dual degree students are housed in Eastman’s Student Living Center, given the curricular emphasis at Eastman in the first years of study. The two campuses are just a few miles apart, and frequent shuttle buses make it easy for you to commute between them.


Eastman wind ensemble rehearses at Kodak Hall.

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 Eastman

Applying to DDE

You must complete separate applications to the College and to the Eastman School of Music. You must also indicate your interest in DDE through the Common Application or the Coalition for College Application to be considered a Dual Degree applicant. Both applications have a question about desired Combined Degree or Dual Degree program interest. Depending on your intended area of interest at Eastman, a pre-screening audition at Eastman may be required. Your application is due by our Regular Decision deadline of January 5.

Decision notification and timeline

  • Your admission decisions for the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music will come from the College, Eastman, or a combination, depending on the decision. Keep an eye on your inbox for both senders.
  • You can securely log in to your Eastman account and view your Dual Degree Eastman decision in the spring.
  • 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.

Questions about DDE?

Reach out to Brett Kam (she/her), Program Manager for the Dual Degree Eastman program on the River Campus:

Program perks

Students in the DDE program receive the following perks:

  • The opportunity to simultaneously pursue degrees from a world-renowned music school and a prestigious tier-one research university
  • Focused counseling from advisors at both the College and the Eastman School
  • The full use of amenities, services and resources on both campuses and ease in transportation between the two with a dedicated shuttle

Discover the Eastman Campus

Check out the student-led virtual tour of the Eastman School of Music and learn how the DDE program provides students with stability and variety.

Is DDE for you?

You might be a good fit for DDE if you:

  • Are committed to pursuing a professional music degree along with a degree in another discipline in the arts, sciences, or engineering
  • Are primarily interested in a professional music 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)

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 to study arts, sciences, or engineering. This is because the College offers its own bachelor of arts in music, comprising tenured faculty from both the College and the Eastman School.

All students at the College have the opportunity to audition for lessons at Eastman free of charge regardless of their intended major and despite not being enrolled in a degree program at Eastman. These lessons are typically given by Teaching Assistants at Eastman who are accomplished musicians in their own right. 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 of options available at Rochester. Since these campuses are less than 10 minutes apart, we recommend scheduling connected visits with both campuses, and then interviewing and connecting with any of the departments that interest you.

Sample schedule

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

Although the vast majority of classes offered in the College are four credits each, Eastman classes range from one to four credits each. 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.

Except for special circumstances and considerations, all entering DDE students live on Eastman’s campus for at least the first year of studies. Schedules typically include more Eastman classes than River Campus during the first 1-2 years.

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:

  • CASC 105: Reasoning and Writing (C)
  • CHB 181: Intro String Quartet Seminar (E)
  • EIC 101: Eastman Colloquium (E)
  • ENS 100: Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MATH 171Q: Honors Calculus I (C)
  • TH 101: Model Composition and Tonal Analysis I (E)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)
  • PCL 101: Piano Class I (E)

Second semester:

  • CHB 182: Intro Spring Quartet Seminar (E)
  • CHEM 150: Green Engineering (C)
  • ENS 100: Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • TH 102: Model Composition and Tonal Analysis II (E)
  • TH 162: Aural Musicianship II (E)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)
  • HIST 254: The American South, 1896–1945 (C)
  • MATH 391: Honors Calculus II (C)
  • PCL 102: Piano Class II (E)

Third semester:

  • CHB 281: Chamber Music I: Strings (E)
  • ENS 100: Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MATH 173Q: Honors Calculus III (C)
  • PCL 103: Piano Class III (E)
  • TH 201: Model Composition and Tonal Analysis III (E)
  • TH 261: Aural Musicianship III (E)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)

Fourth semester:

  • CHB 282: Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
  • ENS 200: Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MHS 121: Music and Society: 800–1750 (E)
  • MATH 174Q: Honors Calculus IV (C)
  • MATH 235H: Intro to Algebra I: Honors (C)
  • TH 202: Model Composition and Tonal Analysis IV (E)
  • TH 262: Aural Musicianship IV (E)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)
  • PCL 104: Piano Class IV (E)

Fifth semester:

  • CHB 281: Chamber Music I: Strings (E)
  • ENS 200: Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MHS 122: Music and Society: 1730–1880 (E)
  • MATH 201: Intro to Probability (C)
  • MATH 265H: Functions of Real Variable: Honors (C)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)


Sixth semester:

  • CHB 282: Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
  • ECON 207: Intermediate Microeconomics (C)
  • ENS 200: Advanced Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MHS 123: Music and Society: 1880–2000 (E)
  • CASC 105: Reasoning and Writing (C)
  • MATH 240H: Intro to Topology: Honors (C)
  • MATH 282: Intro to Complex Variables (C)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)

Seventh semester:

  • ENS 100: Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • MATH 230: Number Theory
  • MATH 246: Set Theory and Logic (C)
  • TH 205: Model Composition and Post-tonal Analysis (E)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)

Eighth semester:

  • CHB 282: Chamber Music II: Strings (E)
  • ENS 100: Large Instrumental Ensemble (E)
  • ESM 201: Bachelor’s Degree Recital (E)
  • MATH 391W: Cryptography Study (C)
  • VLN 160: Primary Violin (E)
  • MATH 218: Intro to Math Models in Life Sciences (C)
  • MATH 233: Mathematical Cryptography (C)
  • MATH 248: Theory of Graphs (C)

Ninth semester:

  • ENS 251: Orchestral Repertory: Violin (E)
  • MATH 281: Applied Boundary Value Problems (C)
  • MATH 569: Topics in Analytic Number Theory (C)
  • PHLT 103: Concepts of Epidemiology (C)
  • STAT 277: Computing: Intro to Statistical Software (C)
  • STAT 278: Methods of Data Analysis (C)
  • TH 581: Computational Models of Music (E)

Tenth semester:

  • ENS 252: Orchestral Repertory: Violin (E)
  • MATH 391: Stochastic Processes (C)
  • MATH 393W: Honors Project (C)
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