First Semester Schedule
The Office of the Registrar creates your first semester schedule. The Registrar sends an email once your schedule is ready to view on my.berklee.edu (login required with your OnePass) on Thursday evening of orientation week.
The first semester schedule contains required schedule components. These requirements are specific to your program. (To verify your program, log in to my.berklee.edu and click the Registration and Check-in Profile link under the Students tab.)
Berklee creates your first semester schedule and places you in the appropriate level of courses after a review of the following:
The ESPA ensures accurate placement in your first semester core music courses of arranging, harmony, and ear training. The ESPA is delivered in two phases: an online ear training assessment through the college’s student portal and a comprehensive written assessment taken during orientation week on campus. You cannot pass or fail the assessment, and no grade will be assigned to the results. It is simply an assessment to ensure you are placed in classes with other students of similar music theory knowledge.
All students are scheduled for an on-campus placement audition during orientation week. The audition is used to determine the appropriate private lesson instructor for you and to assign you an ensemble rating. The ensemble rating is simply a placement tool and is not designed to be viewed as an indicator of your potential to succeed at Berklee or in the music industry.
You are graded in four areas using a 1–8 rating system. The four rated areas are reading, instrumental skill, improvisation, and rhythmic interpretation. The four numerical ratings are averaged together for an overall rating. Here's an example of what the rating looks like: 2, 2, 1, 1, 1. The fifth number is the overall rating, which is used for ensemble placement. This example has an overall rating of 1.5, which is rounded down to 1. Any overall rating at .6 or higher would be rounded up.
Students must take the English Proficiency Exam once they arrive on campus if they do not speak English as a first language and/or are from a country where English is not the official language. Based on exam results, students may be placed in one of four levels of an English as a second language (ESL) course. Both degree and diploma students are required to take an ESL course if they place into one.
Here is the ESL course policy.
You can track your transfer credits online at my.berklee.edu by selecting the "View Transcript/Transfer Credit Awarded" link under the Academic Profile section. If the college did not receive your official college transcript(s) prior to orientation, please attend the transfer credit workshop during the schedule completion event to speak with representatives from the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar. Visit the Placeholders and Schedule Adjustment (login required) page for schedule completion event information. There you can get an unofficial evaluation and be placed in the appropriate schedule components.