Next Steps: On-Campus/Remote Hybrid in Boston
You have chosen to study this fall in the hybrid on-campus/remote academic model, which combines in-person learning conducted on our Boston campus with online coursework. The hybrid academic model offers a safe, flexible learning environment for all of our students, allowing you to progress toward your personal, academic, and career goals without disruption.
As you prepare to come to campus, all incoming students must review and complete the following enrollment steps:
To confirm your learning preference on your student record, please visit the student portal and click "Fall 2020 Preferences Selection" in the Registration section. Completion of the Fall 2020 Preference Selection form is mandatory. Leading up to the start of the fall semester, you may make changes to your selection as needed. Options for the fall are:
- On-campus/remote hybrid in Boston
- On-campus/remote hybrid in Valencia, Spain
- Entirely remote (does not include campus access)
- Defer to the spring (January) or summer (May) semester
In order to maintain a safe campus, we will require all members of our community to sign a social compact agreeing to the following conditions for the safety of our shared environment:
We will practice social distancing.
We will wear facial coverings.
We will wash our hands regularly.
We will wipe down our work spaces after using them.
We will limit travel to and from campus during the term.
Details on how to sign the social agreement will be available soon.
All students who have confirmed housing for the fall 2020 semester are required to re-sign the Housing License Agreement by July 15. Due to revised social engagement guidelines and requirements, there are changes to the contract that require your review, including information related to common areas, elevators, restrooms, laundry facilities, and guest policies.
All entering and transfer students must complete a Berklee Entering Student Immunization form and submit it 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 school for your Magnus Health account to be active. Go to the Berklee Immunization Requirement page for more detailed information.
All students, whether on-campus or remote, are auto-enrolled in the Berklee-sponsored Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Massachusetts law requires all students enrolled in colleges and universities located within the state to either participate in SHIP or provide proof of comparable coverage through their own or their family's insurance provider. To ensure compliance with the SHIP law, all Berklee College of Music students registered for credits who do not submit an insurance waiver by the published deadline are automatically enrolled in and billed for Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue PPO Plan).
Please visit the Berklee Gallagher Student Health website for more information.
All students from outside the United States who plan to attend Berklee this fall must complete an I-20 form in order to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. Review the I-20/F-1 Visa Information page for step-by-step instructions on how to complete your I-20.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 Entering Student Proficiency Assessment (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 ESPA online exam itself. The ESPA online exam will be available for you to take anytime between July 1 at 9:00 a.m. EDT and July 17 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
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 by July 17.
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 on how to complete your ESL exam by July 17.
For questions about this assessment, please contact your enrollment officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 617-747-2221.
If you cannot hear the audio sample or need support for any other technical issues, please email email@example.com or call +1 617-747-2238.
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 will open in mid-July. All incoming students must register and attend orienation. More information will be released soon, but in the meantime please review the Undergraduate Orientation page. If you have any questions regarding orientation, please contact New Student and Family Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Tuition bills are due by August 1. You will not be able to check in if you have an outstanding balance. Log in to the student portal to check your balance, pay your bill, and secure your spot.