Berklee College of Music Students

Your Options for the Spring Semester

There are two options for the spring: an on-campus hybrid in Boston and a fully remote option. 

  • Boston on-campus hybrid: The hybrid on-campus model will offer a safe, flexible learning environment that includes a combination of in-person and remote instruction, small ensembles, and modified access to facilities such as studios and performance spaces. Even if all of your courses are remote, you can still get access to Berklee facilities and on-campus cocurricular and extracurricular activities by paying the comprehensive fee ($650).

  • Entirely remote: If you are taking only remote courses and do not want access to campus facilities or on-campus activities, the comprehensive fee will be waived. You will still be able to participate in virtual cocurricular and extracurricular activities, such as visiting artist events, career-related programs, and more.

The Spring Experience

Many students choose to come to Berklee to join a community of artists as passionate about music as they are. This community forms the basis of a network of professionals across the music industry and far beyond, and provides a space for you to learn from renowned faculty and establish lifelong musical collaborations that extend well past your time at Berklee. 

To this end, we are prioritizing in-person private instruction and ensembles, so that you have these vital connection points with faculty and peers, as far as permitted by local, state, federal, and college guidelines. Over 200 ensembles will take place in person, across dozens of musical styles, in four- to six-person groups. Additionally, we have a solid plan to offer safe performance experiences for vocalists in alignment with CDC guidelines. We will also offer at least 75 virtual ensembles that teach remote production and collaboration techniques in practice today in much of the commercial music industry.


Performance Experiences

Outside of class time, we are prioritizing space for you to practice and have your own performance opportunities. While audiences for live performance may prove challenging, we City and state policies do not currently allow for audiences to be in attendance at those performances, but we will leverage streaming technology as much as possible so that your music can be experienced by others.

Academic Calendar

The start of the spring 2021 semester will be delayed by one week, beginning January 25, 2021. In an effort to minimize travel during the semester, we will not hold our traditional spring break week, but the semester will end at its originally scheduled date, on May 7, 2021. View the Berklee College of Music 2020–2021 academic calendar.

Learn more about New Student Orientation and move-in dates on the Boston Campus page.


Spring registration for continuing and returning students at the college started on November 23 and is ongoing. Learn more about spring registration, including how to clear your restrictions and how to see how a course will be delivered,

Tuition, Fees, and Housing Costs

As announced in the fall, we are honoring a tuition freeze for the duration of this academic year. Tuition, room and board, and the comprehensive fee will remain frozen at the 2019–2020 rates. We will also add funding to the appeals budget for students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties. For college students who choose to study purely remotely, and who will not have access to campus facilities, we will waive the comprehensive fee of $650. There will not be a Back to Berklee Remote Learning Grant offered for the spring 2021 semester.

View the Berklee College of Music 2020–2021 tuition and fees schedule.

Additional Enrollment Policies


Academic Expectations


Technology Expectations

  • New students: You will be required to own a Macbook Pro that meets certain technical specifications in order to run the core software package. If you have questions about the required technology for new students, please contact your admissions counselor at
  • Returning students: If you are unable to purchase the required technology for your major, please contact the chair of your major department for guidance.


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