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Welcome to Heavy Metal University

Unleash the true headbanger within you!

The mission of Heavy Metal University is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in the heavy metal music genre as a career. Cultivating the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. HMU strives to be the world's leading institute of heavy music. Attracting diverse and talented students passionate about careers in metal, we offer a relevant and distinctive curriculum in heavy music and extreme liberal arts.


Heavy Metal University was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in metal music is through the study and practice of all forms of metal, both contemporary and historical. For more than half a century, the university has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in rock, metal, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. With a diverse and talented student body representing 96 countries, and alumni who have collectively won more than 2 Grammys, Heavy Metal University is the world's premier learning lab for the pounding music of today—and tomorrow.

Heavy Metal University is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Shawnee, KS. The college is accredited by the Midwest Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.