This page is for applicants who have been officially notified of admission to NEC.
Congratulations on your admission to NEC! We look forward to having you as a part of our community.
All admitted students who wish to enroll must complete and return the following forms by the deadlines listed below.
Deadlines for Fall Enrollment
- April 15: Graduate students: Intent to Enroll Form and $500 tuition deposit due
- May 1: Undergraduate students: Intent to Enroll Form and $500 tuition deposit due
- May 15: International students must submit Certification of Finances form and Bank Statements
- May 15: Housing Form and $525 housing deposit due for all undergraduates and any graduates wishing to live on campus
- June 30: Student Health Report due
- July 10: Final transcripts due
- August 26: NEC Residence Hall opens
- August 27: New student orientation begins
Placements in faculty studios are determined in close consultation with department chairs and individual faculty members. Many factors are taken into consideration, including audition results, the number of openings in any given studio, etc. Studio placements for many departments are sent shortly after admissions decisions. If you would like more information, please contact your Admissions counselor.
Forms for All Admitted Students
Intent to Enroll Form
All students who plan to enroll at NEC must complete this form. You will also need to send the $500 enrollment deposit. In order to avoid additional fees, we strongly suggest paying the enrollment and/or housing deposit via personal check or money order. Please contact us at email@example.com for information about the accepted forms of payment, including wire transfer information.
Deposits should be sent to:
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
For additional information about financing your education, we encourage you to read the forms and guides available in NetPartner, the NEC Online Financial Aid System, as well as the Tuition and Financial Aid portion of this website.
Decline Offer of Admission Form
If you do not intend to enroll, we ask that you submit the Decline Offer form as soon as possible. Your response may allow us to welcome in a student from the wait-list, so we would sincerely appreciate your courtesy and professionalism in providing a prompt response no later than April 15 for graduate students and May 1 for undergraduates.
NEC Student On-Campus Housing Application
All new undergraduates (including transfer students) must submit this application, along with a $525 housing deposit, to the admissions office. Some students may qualify for an exemption; please see the form for exemption categories. Graduate students who wish to live in the residence hall should also submit this form and the housing deposit by the deadline above.
Health Center Information
Student Health Report
Meningococcal Disease information
All enrolling students must review all three documents and submit health reports by the deadline listed above. There is a late fee of $150 US for any health reports submitted after the deadline. Graduating students returning for a new degree must check with Health Services before the end of the semester to learn what information is required for their re-entry to avoid a late fee and/or registration block. Dual Degree students should submit the immunization documents required by Harvard or Tufts for their NEC record. All students are required to have health insurance that meets specific standards set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. NEC offers a student insurance policy, and, in accordance with state law, all students are automatically enrolled in the plan but may waive participation if they can demonstrate that they have a U.S.-based insurance plan that meets the state requirements. Students will receive information about the school’s insurance plan when they receive their tuition bill.
Student Benefits Information
Information about some of the benefits available to students attending NEC.
Certification of Finances Form
Any student who is not a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States and who requires an F-1 student visa must complete this form and submit with the appropriate documentation of funds. Please contact your admissions counselor for the current form.
Further Information for Enrolling Students
New Student Orientation
Orientation begins on August 27 and is required for all new students regardless of their level or course of study. Incoming students must take placement exams and ensemble auditions and attend information sessions. Specific information about orientation will be sent by the Office of Student Services.
Undergraduate students under the age of 21, including transfer students, are required to live in the Residence Hall during their first and second years at NEC if space is available, unless granted an exemption by the Assistant Dean of Campus Life (see the NEC Student On-Campus Housing Application for exemption information). All other students have the option of applying for housing in the Residence Hall. There are no accommodations for married students. Please review the housing application carefully and respond with the appropriate documentation. Enrolling applicants who are required to live in the Residence Hall must return all housing forms by May 20, along with the $525 housing deposit, to the admissions office. Entering students who are required to live in the Residence Hall but do not return the housing forms will be assigned randomly to an available room and billed accordingly without consideration for their rooming preferences. Please contact the Assistant Dean at 617-585-1792 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding housing policies.
Resources for finding housing in the Boston area can be found at Off-Campus Housing.
The tuition bill for the fall semester is mailed in June and due in early August.
If you would prefer to pay in monthly installments rather than in lump sums for each semester, a monthly payment plan is available through Tuition Management Systems (TMS), a division of KeyBank. For questions about the monthly payment plan, please call TMS at 888-463-6994. For all other questions regarding billing, please contact the NEC Business Office at 617-585-1120.
The following is a summary of tuition and fees for academic year 2017-18.
Tuition (Full-time. Includes private weekly lessons)
$46,100 Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, DMA, UD
$42,500 Graduate Diploma
Room and Board
$15,700 for a double occupancy room and meal plan
$19,800 for a single occupancy room (limited availability) and meal plan
$22,500 for a suite occupancy room (limited availability) and meal plan
Annual fees required of all students
$830 Comprehensive Fee
$540 NEC Health Center fee
Estimate of NEC’s health insurance fee (for an individual plan) is $1,500 for the year. Students who will remain on a parent's insurance plan can complete a waiver of this coverage.
Enrolling students must submit a final, official transcript documenting the degree/diploma earned and date of graduation. If we already have this final transcript on file, you do not need to submit a new copy. Transfer students must submit final transcripts that include grades for the last semester attended. Incoming homeschooled students must submit final records indicating that they completed high school equivalent studies in accordance with the homeschool laws of their state of residence. Students who have not submitted a final transcript will not be allowed to enroll and may place any awarded financial aid monies in jeopardy.
All incoming orchestral students will need to perform an audition for the orchestra conductors at orientation. Please stay tuned to www.necorchestras.info for details.