Returning Student Information
How to Return to Berklee College of Music
If you have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study at Berklee College of Music and then have been away from the school for at least one fall or spring semester, you are considered a returning student. Returning to the college is easy; you do not need to reapply for admission, and you may return at any time.
To begin the process, you need to simply fill out and submit a Returning Student Form. We recommend you do this at least one month before registration begins for the semester you wish to return. Registration for the summer (May) and fall (September) semesters begins in late March/early April, and registration for the spring (January) semester begins in early November.
If you have any questions regarding re-entrance, contact Amanda Connolly, returning and special student groups specialist in the Office of the Registrar by phone at 617-747-2242 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Information for Returning Students
If you did not attend Berklee College of Music during the spring 2018 semester and are planning to return for the summer or fall 2018 semester, you are considered a returning student. Registration for returning students will begin Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. EST and is online at MyBerklee (my.berklee.edu). You will not have an online registration time. The registration period ends Friday, April 20.
To register, log in to my.berklee.edu and select "Search and Register." Make changes to your schedule at "View/Change Schedule." Note that registration services will be offline between midnight and 6:00 a.m. EST each day. (You must use your Berklee OnePass to log in to my.berklee.edu. If you do not have a Berklee OnePass account, and/or have never logged in to my.berklee.edu, contact the returning and special student groups specialist in the Office of the Registrar by phone at 617-747-2242 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The online Summer/Fall 2018 Registration Manual, available starting March 30, provides valuable information and tools to help you determine the courses you need to create your schedule, register online, and perform other registration-related activities. For additional help in choosing your classes, please contact the Academic Advising office at 617-747-6535 or your academic department. Once registration has started, you will be able to view closed courses.
The catalog year policy states that students who leave and return to Berklee College of Music after four or more years will automatically be assigned to the catalog of the most recent fall semester. Students may not change their catalog year assignment to an earlier catalog. However, students are encouraged to meet with the chair of their major to discuss the applicability of past course work to their existing catalog assignment.
Since immunizations must be up to date by the time you check in, you will be notified by email after registration if you are missing any immunizations. If you do not resolve outstanding immunization requirements, you will not be able to check in and will run the risk of losing your class schedule. For more information, refer here.
Online check-in is May 22–May 25 at 11:59 p.m. EST for the summer 2018 semester. To enroll for the semester, all students, including returning students, must log in to my.berklee.edu and select the "Semester Check-In" link in the Check-In section. Before you can complete the check-in process, all check-in restrictions must be cleared.
Please note: Students who fail to complete the check-in process by the posted deadline will be considered by the college as not attending the term and will be dropped from all courses. Under special circumstances and in direct communication with the Office of the Registrar, a student may be allowed to check-in after the deadline. A $260 late fee will be assessed, and the student's schedule will need to be rebuilt according to seat availability.
Beginning one month before the start of the semester and before arriving on campus, you should log in to my.berklee.edu and check your restrictions by clicking on the "Semester Check-In" link in the Check-In section. Any restrictions will be listed along with information about how to resolve them.
If you are a returning international student and were issued a new SEVIS Record, you must also verify your immigration information. Please see International Student Check-In Requirements (login required) for more information.
After all check-in requirements have been cleared, you must check in by clicking the “Check-In” button at the bottom of the “Semester Check-In” screen. A successful check-in will be indicated by a "SUCCESS!" message in green and a confirmation email that will be sent to you within 24 hours. No student will be considered enrolled for the spring semester who has not received this confirmation. Once checked in, you can view your schedule (with room numbers), and add and drop courses.
For scholarship information, contact Scholarships at 617-747-8681 or at email@example.com.
For financial aid information, contact Financial Aid at 617-747-2274 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is limited on-campus housing available for returning students for the spring 2018 semester. For information about off-campus housing, please call 617-747-2560, or refer to the Housing web page.
In order to enter the U.S., you will need a valid I-20, a valid student (F-1) visa, and a valid passport.
You will need a new I-20 from Berklee if:
- you were not enrolled at Berklee during spring 2018 (unless you were on an approved medical leave or vacation semester, in which case authorization would appear on your I-20);
- your SEVIS record (I-20) was transferred to another school in the U.S.; or
- your SEVIS record (I-20) was turned off (terminated).
You do not need a new visa if your F-1 visa stamp is valid and you have maintained F-1 status by attending another school in the U.S., or you were on an authorized annual vacation/medical leave.
You do need a new F-1 visa if:
- you have been out of F-1 status for more than five months (a new visa is required even if the visa stamp in your passport has not yet expired); or
- your current F-1 visa stamp is expired.
If you do need to apply for a new F-1 visa, make an appointment at the U.S. embassy/consulate in your residence/home country after you have received your new Berklee I-20. Although applicants for F-1 visas are given priority for visa interview appointments, you must consider the time it will take to process your visa and return your passport.
You can check the visa waiting times for each U.S. embassy/consulate here.
You will need to submit the following documentation to request a new I-20:
- Returning Student I-20 Request Package (I-20 request form and financial documentation through summer 2018); or 2018-2019 Returning Student I-20 Request Package (I-20 Request form and financial documentation starting fall 2018)
- Affidavit of Support; and
- a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport.
If you have any questions, contact International Student Services at email@example.com or call 617-747-6535.
It can take up to three weeks for an I-20 to be issued and shipped to most countries. Please submit your documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible to ensure that you have your I-20 in time to apply for a student visa and/or travel to the U.S.
You will not be able to begin your studies at Berklee College of Music until you have obtained both a Berklee I-20 and F-1 visa.