Accepted Students: Next Steps for Enrollment
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our community of creators and artists for the fall 2020 semester. Please review and complete the enrollment next steps that are required for you to join us this fall.
Your billing statement for the fall 2020 semester is available in the student portal. Your payment is due August 26, 2020.
All registered students taking credit hours—regardless of where you are—are automatically enrolled in and billed for the Berklee Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
If you want to keep the SHIP, you do not need to take any action except to pay the charge on your student account.
If you do not want to keep the SHIP, you must take one of the following actions:
- If you will be in Massachusetts for the fall 2020 semester, you will need to demonstrate that your own insurance plan is comparable to the SHIP, regardless of your citizenship. Please note that out-of-state HMOs, out-of-state Medicaid plans, and all international health plans are not comparable, and your request to waive the SHIP will be declined.
- If you will not be in Massachusetts, but will be in the United States for the fall 2020 semester:
- Domestic students may be able to waive the SHIP with a plan that is not typically considered to be a comparable plan with the SHIP. These include out-of-state HMOs and out-of-state Medicaid plans. However, you will still need to demonstrate proof of coverage wherever you are located in order to request a waiver for the SHIP.
- International students may not waive the SHIP since international health plans are not comparable.
- If you will not be in the United States for the fall 2020 semester:
- U.S. citizens may be able to waive the SHIP with a plan that is not typically considered to be a comparable plan with the SHIP. These include out-of-state HMOs and out-of-state Medicaid plans. However, you will still need to demonstrate proof of coverage wherever you are located in order to request a waiver for the SHIP.
- Non-U.S. citizens may be able to waive the SHIP with a plan that is not typically considered to be a comparable plan with the SHIP, such as international health plans or a government-sponsored health plan in your home country. However, you will still need to demonstrate proof of coverage wherever you are located in order to request a waiver for the SHIP.
If your request to waive the SHIP is approved, your Berklee bill will be updated.
Please note: If you will be taking any classes in the spring 2021 semester while physically being in Massachusetts and you were able to waive the SHIP for fall 2020 with an out-of-state HMO, out-of-state Medicaid plan, or an international health plan, you will be billed for the SHIP on a prorated basis. Spring SHIP coverage runs from January 1, 2021, through August 14, 2021.
To request a waiver, please go to gallagherstudent.com/berklee and follow the prompts. For information about the waiver process, enrollment, coverage, or insurance verification letters, visit gallagherstudent.com/berklee and click the Customer Service link. If you plan to request a waiver, please have your health insurance ID card and related documents available so you can complete the form.
If you have any questions about your billing statement, please contact email@example.com.
Any student who is currently attending or has attended postsecondary school (college or university) within the last five years must submit this form prior to the beginning of orientation.
All entering undergraduate students must submit proof of high school/secondary school graduation prior to matriculation, even if transferring in to Berklee from another college. Submit a copy of either your official high school/secondary school diploma or final transcript that includes a graduation date and an official signature and seal. Students who did not submit proof of secondary school completion as part of their application must submit a general report of their credential evaluation through a certified credential evaluation service. Proof of high school graduation may be emailed to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students seeking transfer credit must submit their most recent college transcript to update their transfer credit records. Some documents may already have been submitted during the application process. Students who are seeking transfer credit via CLEP or AP should submit their official score report or reports to the Office of Admissions. Information on how to submit an official transcript to the Office of Admissions is available on the Transcript and Other Support Materials page.
Admitted students who submitted college transcripts, official AP credit, or CLEP scores through the Admissions process will be able to view their transfer credit within the student portal under the Student Services section.
All students are required to submit this electronic agreement acknowledging their financial obligations before they will be allowed to check in for the semester. You can find the link to the SAFO form in the Check-In section of the student portal. Scroll to the bottom of the page, check off the box to indicate that you have read and agreed with the three disclosures, then click "Submit."
As an entering student, you are required to take the online ESPA exam, which will place you in core ear training, harmony, and arranging courses with other students who have similar levels of experience.
Information on how you can access this exam will be sent to your Berklee.edu email address. You will receive one email giving you access to Berklee's online portal and a second email giving you access to the online ESPA exam itself. You must complete the ESPA as soon as possible.
To learn more about the ESPA and the different parts of the exam, visit the Placement Auditions and Assessments page. We also hosted a webinar to help you prepare for the exam, which can be reviewed at your leisure.
All incoming undergraduate students are required to take Berklee's first-semester Liberal Arts Engaging Seminar (LENS). This will help you navigate your Berklee education, build your foundation as a student and an artist, and foster your creative community. There are four LENS categories available to you. While we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your first choice, we invite you to rank your preferences.
All new students who are non-native English speakers are required to complete an online ESL placement test, regardless of their TOEFL/IELTS score, prior to matriculating at Berklee. The results of the exam will be used to place you in the appropriate ESL level. More information has been sent to your email address on how to complete your ESL exam.
For questions about this assessment, please contact your enrollment officer at email@example.com or 617-747-2221.
If you cannot hear the audio sample or need support for any other technical issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-747-2238.
Learn about laptop and technology requirements for entering students. This includes a core software package and a MacBook Pro. We urge students to make purchases well in advance of check-in, as shipping is delayed in many parts of the world.
Registration for fall 2020 New Student Orientation is open. All incoming students must register and attend orientation. Fall orientation will be held virtually, with opportunities to explore resources, build community with new students, and learn about Boston. More information will be released soon.
If you have any questions regarding orientation, please contact New Student and Family Programs at email@example.com.
All restrictions on your account must be cleared before you are able to check in for the semester. Log in to the student portal and select "Semester Check-In" in the Check-In section to view and resolve your restrictions.
A mandatory virtual check-in event will take place in the student portal in August. The Office of the Registrar will send more information about the event to your Berklee email account soon.
All entering and transfer students must submit a completed Berklee Entering Student Immunization Form to Magnus Health, Berklee’s provider for collecting, managing, and tracking immunization information. You should receive an email from Magnus Health to the email address that is connected to your application with information on how to access your Magnus Health account. This step in your acceptance process cannot be completed until Magnus Health emails you with your login credentials. Please be aware that it may take up to a week from your admittance to the institution for your Magnus Health account to be active. Go to Berklee's Immunization Requirements page for more detailed information.
We understand that meeting these deadlines may present a challenge, particularly if you are not going to be physically located in Massachusetts. If you are unable to meet the deadline to submit your immunization requirements, please contact Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact your enrollment officer at email@example.com if you have any questions.