Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, academic institutions must make certain information available to current and prospective students. The required information can be seen under the following categories:
Boston Conservatory is authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant degrees in the performing and related arts, and is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The school’s last comprehensive evaluation for accreditation was in 2009.
- Contact James O'Dell, Associate Dean for Academic Operations, at 617-912-9155 for documentation regarding the accrediting/licensing of Boston Conservatory at Berklee
- Reporting complaints to accrediting/licensing bodies:
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool offered by the Department of Education designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others search for and obtain information about U.S. postsecondary institutions. The information is collected by the Department of Education from more than 7,000 postsecondary institutions.
Copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing issues
Contact Bob Xavier, Chief Information Officer, at 617-912-9148 for more information.
Drug-free workplace statement in Workplace Conduct of the Staff Handbook
Contact Kristen Wencis, Benefits Manager, at 617-912-9275 for more information. Current conservatory employees can access the Boston Conservatory Staff Handbook in the conservatory portal.
Contact Christopher Hayden, Director of Facilities, at 617-912-9125 for more information about Boston Conservatory facilities.
Contact James O'Dell, Associate Dean for Academic Operations, at 617-912-9155 for more information about Academic information, including:
Contact Jeffrey Kinnamon, Registrar, at 617-912-9146 for Boston Conservatory enrollment information.
Diversity of Student Body (enrolled full time students)
Institutions must make available to current and prospective students information about student body diversity, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students who:
- are male;
- are female;
- are a self-identified member of a major racial or ethnic group; and
- receive a Federal Pell Grant
The following statistics are taken from the College Navigator:
In fall 2014, Boston Conservatory’s student body was made up of the following:
- Male: 38%
- Female: 62%
- American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
- Asian: 7%
- Black or African American: 5%
- Hispanic/Latino: 8%
- Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
- White: 57%
- Two or more races: 2%
- Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
- Non resident alien: 12%
Pell Grant Recipients
18 percent of the school's total enrollment in the 2013–2014 academic year were Pell Grant recipients.
Graduation and Retention Rates
The following statistics are taken from College Navigator:
- The graduation rate for students who started in fall 2008 is 66%
- The first to second year retention rate for first-time students pursuing a Bachelor's degree who started in fall 2013 and returned in fall 2014 is 89%
Please refer to the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).
Contact Jeffrey Kinnamon, Registrar, at 617-912-9146 for Boston Conservatory’s academic withdrawal policy. Current conservatory students can access the Withdrawal Policy (Student Handbook) in the conservatory portal.
Contact the Bursar, at 617-912-9164 for more information on the Boston Conservatory at Berklee's financial policies, including:
- Refund policies
- Tuition and Fees
Contact Nicole Brennan, the Director of Financial Aid, at 617-912-9120 for more information on the Boston Conservatory at Berklee's financial aid policies and process, including:
- Direct Loans
- Timing of financial aid disbursements
- Available Financial Aid
- Information about Federal Financial Aid
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Federal Loan Information
- Repayment Estimators
- Return of Federal Aid Funds (for students who withdraw or go on a Leave of Absence)
Cost of Attendance
Every school who participates in the Federal Financial Aid Program provides Cost of Attendance (CoA) information. The CoA represents what it would cost for a student to attend a particular institution. The CoA includes direct costs such as tuition and fees and indirect costs such as books, travel, and off campus room and board. It is an estimated figure.
Student borrowers of Federal Student Loans are required to learn their rights and responsibilities with regard to their loans by completing the Entrance Counseling Interview at studentloans.gov. Students need their FAFSA pin number and their social security number to enter the website.
Once a student who has received Federal Student Loans graduates, withdraws, or drops below half time status, they are required to fill out the Exit Counseling Interview atstudentloans.gov. The Exit Counseling Interview renews the Entrance Counseling Information and also provides information about repayment and deferral options. Students will need their FAFSA pin number and their social security number to enter the website.
Federal Loan Code Of Conduct
Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Violations: Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table. If convicted of an offense involving:
Financial Aid Penalties: Possession
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|First Offense||1 year|
|Second Offense||2 years|
Financial Aid Penalties: Sale
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|First Offense||2 years|
A student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:
- the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that:
- complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations;
- and includes two unannounced drug tests
- the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; or
- the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.
The Net Price Calculator is used to find estimates of a student’s financial aid based on their FAFSA information. Institutional aid is included in the Net Price Calculator based on what students received in previous years. Applicants should know, however, that institutional aid is not based on a student's FAFSA information; rather, it is based on the merit of the student’s admissions audition. FAFSA information will be considered if it is submitted to the appropriate parties by the time of scholarship deliberations, but the primary factor in determining aid will be the merit of the audition.
- 2013–2014 Pell Grant Recipients made up 18 percent of the conservatory's undergraduate population (statistic taken from College Navigator)
- State grant assistance
Counseling and Wellness Information
Contact Stacy Hill, Director of Wellness Services, at 617-912-9260 for more information on the Boston Conservatory at Berklee's wellness policies, including:
- Resources for the prevention of drugs and alcohol
- Disability services
- Immunization requirements
Safety and Security
In the event of an emergency, call 911.
Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music share public safety services.
To contact the security desk at the conservatory’s main building (8 Fenway), call 617-912-9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Nadine Taylor-Miller, Associate Director/Deputy Chief, at 617-747-2388 for more information on public safety services, policies, and procedures, including:
- Emergency notification
- Emergency response and evacuation procedures
- Facilities Security
- Fire safety report
- Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures
- Campus Safety and Security Survey