Registration Guidelines

The information on this page applies to Returning Students for the Fall 2021 semester. Information regarding Fall 2021 deadlines will be posted in this space. 

Step 1: Academic Advising

As a college student at New England Conservatory, you are required to meet with your Academic Advisor at least once per semester to track progress in your degree or diploma program, go over recommendations and requirements for the following semester, and discuss your academic plans. 

To prepare for this meeting, please consult the Academic Catalog concerning requirements for your program and major. We also recommend you look at the course schedule for Fall 2021, available through Powercampus Self Service (PDF instructions for access and use may be found here) and on the NEC website beginning March 19, 2021. Please plan on a wait of several days between the time you sign up and the time your appointment takes place.

Appointment schedules with the Academic Advisors will be posted using an online scheduling service and will be conducted through Zoom. Students will be invited via their NEC email address to sign up for advising appointments based on the following schedule:

March 22

First email invitations for appointments sent; appointment schedules will normally be made available one week in advance of each advising period as indicated below.

Advising appointments begin for all DMA students

March 29

Advising appointments begin for these groups of students:

  • December 2021 and all 2022 graduating students
  • All Tufts students
  • All Harvard students
April 12
Advising appointments begin for 2023 graduating students (students may begin signing up for appointments beginning April 5, 2021)
April 19
Advising appointments begin for 2024 graduating students (students may begin signing up for appointments beginning April 12, 2021)
Wednesday, May 5 Deadline for Academic Advising (all students)
  *Students graduating in December 2021 will benefit from scheduling their advising appointments early in the advising period.

At your appointment, your Academic Advisor will provide you with information and instructions to help you register for Fall 2021. You are encouraged to come with any questions you may have about curricular opportunities at NEC. Please note that you may not register for Fall 2021 until after you have met with your Academic Advisor.

See below for more information about registration.

Step 2: Registration

After you have met with your Academic Advisor, you may proceed with registration for Fall 2021. Before you will be allowed to register, you must clear all administrative holds, including Academic Advising, Health Information, Business Office, Financial Responsibility Agreement, Financial Aid, and Qualifying Degree. Please note that ALL students must register by May 5, 2021. Students who register after this date may be subject to the $250 late registration fee.

The schedule for most registration groups (both online and in person) is determined by current anticipated graduation year:

DMA students 

Monday, April 5 - Wednesday, May 5

All Tufts and Harvard students

Monday, April 12 - Wednesday, May 5

2021 graduating students

Monday, April 12 - Wednesday, May 5

2022 graduating students

Monday, April 12 - Wednesday, May 5

2023 graduating students

Monday, April 19 - Wednesday, May 5

2024 graduating students Monday, April 26 - Wednesday, May 5

Please follow these steps:

  1. Online registration for the first registration group (DMA students) will open at 8 AM (EDT) on April 5, 2021; each subsequent registration group will open at 8 AM (EDT) on their start date.  Registration will end for all students at 5 PM (EDT) on May 5, 2021. Students needing to register 'in person' will do so with the assistance of their academic advisor and a member of the Registrar's staff.
  2. After completing your registration process (either online or in person), please proofread your schedule carefully to make sure it has been recorded properly.
  3. Information regarding booking a hall for a Fall 2021 required recital will be sent to your NEC email account by the Concert Halls Office within the next few weeks. This information will also be available during your advising appointment. Please note that you must be registered for the recital prior to working with Concert Halls on obtaining a date.