Congratulations and Welcome to New England Conservatory!

We are delighted that you will be joining us at NEC and look forward to meeting you during orientation which runs from August 23 through September 3. During the orientation period you will have many opportunities to meet both new and returning students, faculty and administration. Ensemble auditions, department hearings and placement exams all take place during orientation week, as do a number of concerts and social events. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students.

Please see our preliminary schedule of orientation events below. More information, including additional sessions, will be posted throughout the summer. A final, printed version of the calendar will be included in your orientation packet upon arrival in August.

New students who are living in the Residence Hall should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 23 or Sunday, August 24 and go directly to the lobby of the Residence Hall. All new students should plan to check-in sometime between Sunday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 26 at the Beethoven Statue in the Jordan Hall Building.

We wish you a restful summer and look forward to meeting you in the fall. Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services if you have any questions.


Office of Student Services Staff
Dr. Thomas Handel, Dean of Students
Suzanne Hegland, Associate Dean of Students
Rebecca Teeters, Academic and International Student Advisor
Joy Shi, Coordinator of International Student Services and Academic Advisor
Jeremy Vaughan, Office Coordinator
(617) 585-1310


Prelude Calendar

Academic Calendar

General Information

Board-Student Mentor Program includes application form

Community Performances & Partnerships Program

Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Haven Program:
  All incoming students are required to complete the Haven course, a web-based informational program that educates students on healthy relationships, the meaning of sexual consent and the role of the bystander in creating a safe and healthy community.  On August 4, incoming students will receive a link to the Haven course, sent to their NEC e-mail address.  Students must complete the course before they register for classes on August 29.  This interactive program takes about 45 minutes to complete. Please see NEC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.

Health & Counseling Services quick reference, includes REQUIRED forms

Language and Diction Exams for M.M. Vocalists REQUIRED

Music Referral Service (paying performance opportunities)

Music History Department competency exam for Master of Music students REQUIRED

Music Theory Department placement exam for undergraduates REQUIRED
Please note, you will also find practice exams in this section of the website.

Music Theory Department placement exam for graduate students REQUIRED
Please note, you will also find practice exams in this section of the website.

Orientation Pal program for graduate students

Penguin Pass campus credentials and prepaid spending account REQUIRED
used for i.d., dining, library, building access, cashless purchases

How to Submit Your Penguin Pass Photo (campus credentials) REQUIRED

Residential Life Staff

Student Services contact information


T Pass Order Form (PDF) Find pricing details here.

Undergraduate Advising Questionnaire (PDF) REQUIRED