Find answers here to frequently asked questions regarding admission to Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
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How do I apply?
When is the application deadline?
Can I mail my resumé and essay?
Do you require the SAT or ACT?
What should I do about transcripts if I have been home-schooled?
How many applications are received each year?
Do you have a wait list?
How do I schedule an audition?
Applicants schedule their own audition through our online application. Instructions will be sent via email within 24 hours of application submission.
How can I change or cancel my audition?
If you need to change or cancel your audition, simply log back in to your application to decline your event/audition and sign up for a new event. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.
Do you require preliminary screening (pre-screen) recordings for auditions?
We require pre-screen recordings for applicants to the following programs: voice/opera, vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, collaborative piano, orchestral conducting, multi-woodwind, and artist diploma. Composition applicants need to send a pre-screen in the form of a composition portfolio.
When will I receive the results of my pre-screen recording?
If your pre-screen is received by the deadline, results will be sent via email in late December. If you are invited for a live audition or interview, you will then be given instructions for how to sign up for a specific date and time.
Is there part-time enrollment?
We do not offer part-time enrollment, except in the Master of Music in music education program.
Can I apply to multiple programs?
All applicants who intend on applying to multiple degree programs within the Conservatory must submit a complete and separate application (including the application fee and supporting documents) for each program to which they are applying. If admitted to two programs, students must choose one program in which to enroll by the deposit deadline, as students are permitted to enroll in only one program at a time. Students are not permitted to pursue a minor or a double major. Applying to multiple programs will not increase an applicant's chance of admission.
Can I apply to both Berklee and Boston Conservatory?
Currently, students may apply to and audition for both Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. These are separate processes and require separate criteria and application fees. If you are accepted to both schools, you must choose to enroll in one. You may, however, cross-register for open classes at both schools once enrolled.
Individuals have access to a diverse yet inclusive network of students, faculty, and alumni within the Conservatory and have access to an even greater network within the Berklee community and Boston at large. The unique structure of Boston Conservatory at Berklee allows students to gain highly personalized and specialized training at the Conservatory and also gives them the opportunity to tap into the creative resources of Berklee.
Can I be readmitted after a leave of absence?
Students seeking readmission after an official leave of absence of less than two semesters must contact the Registrar to re-enroll. These students are not required to complete an application or re-audition. Students seeking readmission after an official leave of absence of more than two semesters must complete a new application and re-audition. Students seeking readmission without an official leave of absence must submit a new application and re-audition.
Do you offer a bachelor’s degree in music education?
Our music education program is a graduate program only. Read more about the music education degree program.
Do you have degree programs in theater education, technical theater, music business, or producing/directing?
The newest degree program, contemporary theater, offers students the opportunity to create, workshop, perform, and tour their original works. Students in the contemporary theater program will be expected to direct as part of their curriculum and have the chance to immerse themselves in the practice if they choose.
The only music business courses offered are accessed through the Pro Arts Consortium, specifically at Berklee College of Music.
What type of liberal arts courses will I be taking?
Liberal arts classes are based in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and math and science. Read more about liberal arts.
Campus Visit Questions
Can I meet with faculty or take a lesson?
If you would like to meet with a faculty member or take a lesson, please email the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the necessary contact information for our faculty. Though we do provide faculty contact information, we do not personally schedule meetings or lessons. Please contact the faculty directly to set up lessons.
When are your tours?
We offer tours Monday through Friday throughout the academic year (except on holidays) and Monday through Thursday in the summer. All tours are by appointment only and can be scheduled through our campus-visit registration page. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office with any questions about the tour schedule.
What are admissions decisions based on?
The first factor in your admissions decision is the audition, whatever that audition process may entail. (From musical theater to instrumental performance to dance, the process varies widely.) The applications of students found to be artistically acceptable are then reviewed by the admissions committee. The committee takes a holistic look at grades, test scores, letters of recommendations, and essays in order to determine final acceptance.
Are decisions mailed or emailed?
All decisions will be sent electronically. You will receive an email when your decision is available online. Undergraduate notifications will be sent by April 1. Graduate notifications will be sent by March 15. Music education decisions are sent by May 1. View more on the Deadlines page.
Can I defer admission?
Only graduate music students are eligible to request to defer their admission to the spring semester of the same academic year. They may not defer to the following fall. Undergraduate students cannot defer.
Deferment requests are handled by the Admissions Office, and require approval from both the chair of the department and the director of Admissions. If deferment is granted, the student is required to submit a tuition deposit, which guarantees him or her a spot in the next class with no requirement to re-audition or re-apply. If any scholarship was awarded to the student, that scholarship is guaranteed and locked in. Students may not appeal for additional aid, nor should they be encouraged to do so by any faculty member. If a request to defer is not granted, the applicant must re-apply and re-audition for the next fall in the usual timeline.
Can I apply for spring semester?
No, we do not offer spring enrollment.
When will I be notified of fall enrollment?
Applicants are considered for admission based on their audition results in conjunction with academic preparation and artistic and academic recommendations. For applicants who have submitted a complete application by the December 15 deadline, decisions for openings in the incoming fall (September) class are announced on the following dates:
• March 15 for graduate students in the Music Division and Theater Division
• April 1 for all undergraduate (B.F.A. and B.M.) students
When do I need to notify Boston Conservatory of my decision to enroll?
Applicants are required to notify Boston Conservatory at Berklee regarding their intent to enroll no later than April 15 for graduate students in the Music Division and Theater Division and May 1 for all B.F.A. and B.M. candidates. This can be done by clicking on the New Student Enrollment Form in the online acceptance letter and submitting a nonrefundable online tuition deposit of $500 and housing deposit (if applicable) of $250.
What if I submitted my application after the December 15 deadline?
Applications submitted after the December deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case, rolling basis and will continue until all openings are filled, or until June 1, whichever comes first.
Can I cross-register for classes in different divisions?
This is entirely up to the student’s credit load and the discretion of the faculty. Space is limited in many classes.
Can I double major at Boston Conservatory at Berklee?
No, double majors or minors are not permitted at our institution. The curriculum is very prescribed and extremely intense. We want students to concentrate on their particular field with all available time and energy.
Can I double major at any of the Pro Arts Consortium schools?
How many students attend Boston Conservatory?
We have approximately 730 students. We have 510 undergraduate students and 220 graduate students. There are 410 music majors, 100 dance majors, and 220 theater majors. The female to male ratio is approximately 2:1.
Where do most of your students come from?
We enroll students from 29 countries. The majority of our domestic students come from California, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, and our international students come mainly from Taiwan, China, and Japan.
How big is the incoming graduate-level music class?
Class size averages 80 to 90 students.
How big is the freshman dance class?
Class size averages 30 to 35 students.
How big is the freshman theater class?
Class size averages about 60 students. You are broken into core groups of 12 to 15 students. These core groups will take core musical theater classes together and then get placed into dance courses, which are assigned by skill level.
Financial Aid Questions
What is the annual tuition?
How are scholarships awarded?
Scholarships are primarily merit- or talent-based, with your financial need considered. We offer a limited number of need-based grants. We do not offer academic scholarships.
Do you have graduate assistantships?
A limited number of assistantships are available to accepted, enrolling graduate students in the Music Division only. Graduate music assistantships are only available in music history (not theory). Students are assigned two to four undergraduate labs per semester. Pay is approximately $10/hour, allowing students to earn up to $1,000 to 2,000 per semester. These assistantships do not reduce tuition or waive fees. They are on-campus employment offered at orientation based on your performance in placement exams. For more information, please contact Jonathan Bailey Holland, chair of composition, music history, and music theory.