Applicants must complete admission and financial aid applications at both institutions and must indicate their intent to apply to the joint program on the NEC application. (There is nowhere to indicate joint-program-intent on the Harvard application.) Performance applicants must perform a live audition at NEC during the regular audition period in February and March. Composition applicants must interview at NEC during the same period if invited. Harvard accepts the Common Application and the Universal Application for freshman applicants; joint degree applicants must submit the relevant arts supplement, including performance or composition materials, directly to the Harvard admissions office.
Harvard undergraduates who are in their freshman year may apply as transfer students for admission to the program.
Admission is extremely competitive; successful applicants must demonstrate the highest level of performance ability or compositional skill. Admission to both institutions is not a guarantee of admission to the dual degree program and, in fact, only a handful of students accepted at both schools are offered admission to the joint degree. Typically, 5-6 students are admitted each year, and, regardless of Early Action or Regular Decision status at Harvard College, applicants will not receive a decision regarding joint program admission until early April.
The cost of the program consists of four years of Harvard tuition and one year of NEC tuition. In addition, NEC/Harvard program students are billed for the cost of studio instruction at NEC for the first four years; currently, this charge is $8000. Students should apply for financial aid at both institutions as part of the admissions process.
Dual-degree students live on Harvard's campus during their undergraduate study. All first-year students at Harvard are required to live on campus, and while students have the option to move off-campus after the first year, most undergraduates choose to live in college housing for all four years. In the fifth year when students are studying full-time at NEC, they may either request graduate housing in NEC's residence hall or choose to live off-campus.
NEC Communications to Students
Students are assigned NEC email addresses, which they should check regularly for important communications. NEC also provides student mailboxes in the basement of the main building for in-house mail. Students should monitor their mailboxes, as well as departmental and ensemble bulletin boards where applicable, to stay up-to-date with important events and information at NEC. During Orientation, students must give the NEC Registrar's Office their local mailing address and phone number. Students should notify NEC of any change in local addresses and phone numbers during their years of study.
Harvard undergraduates receive academic advising first through the Freshman Dean's Office, then through the department of their chosen concentration. In addition, all students in the joint program will be advised by the Head Tutor of the Harvard Music Department as they progress through their undergraduate studies, particularly with regard to ensemble participation and studies in music theory and history. NEC's Academic Advisors meet with dual-degree students each semester to track their progress, and serve as advisors for the MM degree. Studio teachers and NEC department chairs may also serve as informal advisors.
Harvard is located in Cambridge, about four miles from NEC's campus. Transportation is not provided between Harvard and NEC because dual-degree students only travel to NEC for studio lessons and a small number of classes. However, public transportation between the schools is easy to navigate. It takes about 30 minutes to travel between the schools on either the bus or the subway.
By bus: Take the #1 bus from Harvard Square to the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Huntington Ave.
By subway: Take the MBTA Red Line (inbound) from Harvard Square to Park Street, then the eastbound E branch of the Green Line to Symphony. When returning, take the Green Line toward Lechmere to Park Street, then the Red Line outbound to Harvard.
Or: Take the Red Line from Harvard Square to Downtown Crossing, then take the Orange Line toward Forest Hills to Mass Ave. To return, take the Orange Line toward Oak Grove from Mass Ave, then the Red Line outbound to Harvard.