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 email@example.com.
Students requesting to return to the college after a medical withdrawal should visit Readmittance to the College after a Medical Leave of Absence for key dates and further information.
Information for Returning Students
If you are not enrolled at Berklee College of Music for the fall 2019 semester but are planning to return for the spring 2020 semester, you are considered a returning student. Registration for returning students will begin Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. EST and is online at MyBerklee (my.berklee.edu). You will not have an assigned online registration time. The registration period ends Wednesday, December 4.
To register, log in to my.berklee.edu and select "Search and Register." Make changes to your schedule at "View/Change Schedule." Registration services are available except for the hours between midnight and 6:00 a.m. EST.
You must use your Berklee OnePass to log in to my.berklee.edu. If you do not have a Berklee OnePass account or have never logged in to my.berklee.edu, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online Registration Guide for Spring 2020, available starting November 8, 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 617-747-2386 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 January 14–17 for the spring 2020 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 semester and will have their schedule canceled. If you have special circumstances and inform the Office of the Registrar in advance, you may be allowed to check in after the deadline. You will be charged a $250 late fee, and your schedule will be rebuilt based on course availability.
Beginning one month before the start of the semester and before arriving on campus, you should check your restrictions by logging in to my.berklee.edu and clicking on the "Semester Check-In" link in the Check-In section. Your individual restrictions will be listed, as well as steps for resolving them.
If you are a returning international student, 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, check in at my.berklee.edu by clicking the “Check-in” button at the bottom of the “Semester Check-In” screen. You will see a green “SUCCESS!” message once you are successfully checked in. You can then view your schedule (with room numbers), and add and drop courses.
- you were not enrolled at Berklee during fall 2019 (unless you were on an approved medical leave or vacation semester, in which case authorization would appear on your I-20);
- your SEVIS (F-1 student) record was transferred to another school in the U.S.; or
- your SEVIS (F-1 student) record was turned off (terminated).
F-1 visa: You need a new F-1 visa if the F-1 visa in your passport has expired (check the expiry date listed on the visa) or you were notified by the Department of State that your visa was revoked (this is rare).
*Canadian and Bermudian passport holders do not need a valid F1 visa in their passport. They may enter the U.S. by showing a valid Form I-20, valid passport, and proof of I-901 fee payment.
Returning international students complete the following steps:
- Complete the Returning Student form.
- Register for courses.
- After you have registered for the upcoming semester, submit a complete I-20 Request packet. Packet with instructions available for download: I-20 Request Packet Fall 2019–Summer 2020
- After you are notified the new I-20 has been issued and is ready, submit a prepaid shipping label to have the new Form I-20 shipped to you.
- After you have the new I-20 in your possession, follow the I-901 fee payment instructions provided on the I-20 cover letter.
- If your F-1 visa has expired or it has been cancelled, apply for a new F-1 visa. You can check the visa waiting times for each U.S. embassy/consulate here.
- After you arrive in the U.S., complete online check-in requirements, including submission of your U.S. port of entry stamp showing that you used the new I-20 to enter the U.S.