Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions


Today’s blog is about Decisions. I’ll be talking about my admittance to Juilliard and why I decided to come to this school instead of another. Decision day can be stressful and there are a million factors that go into deciding whether or not you’re ready to move across the country to New York City! I hope, if nothing else, that this blog will help you or your family consider some of the reasons I decided to come here and that you will be on your way to our school this fall!


SIDE NOTE: At this point, all students have been accepted for the upcoming school year! If you were accepted, CONGRATULATIONS, you’re one step closer to being a Juilliard student. If you were not accepted, it’s okay. Keeping pushing, keep striving, keep improving. As always, your self-worth is not defined by how you sang/played/acted/danced at one moment in time.






The primary reason I came to Juilliard was to study with my voice teacher. I had a few sample lessons with several teachers on the voice faculty before auditioning and I got a chance to assess what I really wanted in a teacher. All the teachers I had lessons with were excellent candidates, but I chose my teacher because she is a very technical teacher and because she pushes me to be the best I can be all the time. I am very happy with this choice!



You really can’t beat this location. New York City and Lincoln Center are the musical centers of the United States. You can’t go to another city that is more surrounded by opera, musical theatre, and performing. Getting the opportunity to work with and see professionals was extremely important to me. Juilliard has an excellent array of professionals on hand at all times. I also like to take advantage of our closeness to the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway theatres, both of which I frequent at least twice a month.



Juilliard has an excellent reputation for turning out the best and the brightest. The arts are such a competitive field to go into, so I wanted to make sure I had the best tools to have a career. Because there is no way to really experience a school before you enroll, I depended on Juilliard’s excellent reputation to give me an idea of what it would be like.


“BUT WHAT ABOUT __________”


Cost of Attendance?


College is expensive and Juilliard is no exception. While the cost is high, Juilliard offers more financial assistance, scholarship, and work study than any school I visited. Out of the 800+ students that attend this school, 85% of its student body is receiving some type of Juilliard Scholarship or Grant. In addition, all students who fill out the FAFSA and CSS Profile are eligible for Federal Aid. Juilliard also has an abundance of jobs on campus. I take 23 credits per semester, and I still have time to work three jobs. Several of my friends also have these jobs and are successful students as well!

Safety in New York City?


New York City is a wonderful place to live. Lincoln Center is guarded 24/7 by a team of skilled security personnel and there are tons of security measures in order to enter the Juilliard buildings. In order to enter the dorm building students must go scan their ID twice (once on the 11th floor and once on the ground level). All guests must be signed in and accompanied by their host, and security guards are present on floor 11 and ground level 24 hours a day. Our school building is the same. Lincoln Center takes great pride in the safety of its students and visiting patrons and you will experience this when you arrive at Juilliard in the fall.


I hope this blog is helpful in weighing you options. Whatever school you end up at, you will know that you’ve made the right choice! We all hope to see you in the fall!


Ryan Hurley

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