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 26 through September 8. 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 26 or Sunday, August 27 and go directly to the lobby of the Residence Hall. All new students should plan to check-in sometime between Sunday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 29 in the lobby outside of the Black Box Theater in the Student Life and Performing Center.

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
Suzanne Hegland, Dean of Students
Rebecca Teeters, Assistant Dean of Students
Stephanie Barnes, Academic and International Student Advisor
Davey Harrison, Academic and International Student Advisor
Tom Handel, Chair of D.M.A Program and Academic Advisor
(617) 585-1310


Prelude Calendar

Academic Calendar

General Information

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 7, 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 September 1.  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. Information for the 2017-2018 Student Health Insurance Policy will be updated on June 15, 2017. Please check back after that date to find out rates and benefits as well as how to waive our student plan. 

Language and Diction Exams REQUIRED for M.M. Vocalists, Collaborative Pianists, and Condudtors only

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.

PAL (Peer Advisor Leader) 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