Registration Guidelines

The information on this page applies to Returning Students for the Spring 2023 semester. Information regarding Spring 2023 deadlines will be posted in this space. 

Step 1: Academic Advising

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

Academic Advising will begin on Monday, October 24. We are working with a new advising model that will offer a range of Zoom and in-person offerings for both group and individual advising.  Academic Advising this year is also supplemented by a new library of Advising and Registration Resources, which we urge you to consult.

All students who are on track to graduate in Spring 2023 will have individual advising sessions with a member of the Academic Affairs staff. Specific instructions for signing up for these sessions will be sent to these students on Monday, October 24.

For all other students, advising this semester will begin with a series of group offerings (on Zoom) as follows:

Monday, October 24

2:00 PM - General Information Session

Tuesday, October 25

4:00 PM - General Information Session

Wednesday, October 26

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 2:00 PM - Piano & Collaborative Piano
  • 2:30 PM - Strings
  • 3:00 PM - Woodwinds
  • 3:30 PM - Brass & Percussion
Thursday, October 27

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 1:00 PM - Vocal Performance
  • 1:30 PM - Strings
  • 2:00 PM - Piano & Collaborative Piano
  • 2:30 PM - Jazz & Contemporary Musical Arts
Friday, October 28

3:00 PM - General Information Session

Departmental Advising Session

  • 3:30 PM - Conducting and Composition
Monday, October 31

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 2:00 PM - Vocal Performance
  • 2:30 PM - Jazz & Contemporary Musical Arts
  • 3:00 PM - Woodwinds
  • 3:30 PM - Brass & Percussion
Tuesday, November 1

Departmental Advising Session

  • 4:00 PM - Conducting and Composition
Wednesday, November 2

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 1:00 PM - Piano & Collaborative Piano
  • 1:30 PM - Strings
Thursday, November 3

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 3:00 PM - Vocal Performance
  • 3:30 PM - Jazz & Contemporary Musical Arts
Friday, November 4

Departmental Advising Sessions

  • 1:30 PM - Conducting and Composition
  • 3:00 PM - Woodwinds
  • 3:30 PM - Brass & Percussion

The General Information Sessions are open to students in all majors and all degrees and will address some of the most common questions and issues related to course selection and registration.

The departmental session are intended for students in those department in all majors and degrees.

Beginning November 7, we will offer a series of walk-in hours (again organized by department) on a similar schedule. These walk in sessions will take place on the second floor of the Blumenthal Library, and we will circulate a schedule closer to the date. Watch your email and this page for more information. Additionally, any student not in the class of 2023 who would like to schedule an individual meetings with a member of the Academic Affairs staff can do so beginning November 7.

As you prepare for your meetings, please consult the Academic Catalog concerning requirements for your program and major. We also recommend you look at the course schedule for Spring 2023, available through PowerCampus Self Service and on the NEC website beginning November 1, 2022.

We also encourage you to consult our new library of Academic Advising and Registration Resources.

During your academic advising, you will be provided with information and instructions to help you register for Spring 2023. You are encouraged to come with any questions you may have about curricular opportunities at NEC. Please note that you may not register for Spring 2023 until after you have met with your Academic Advisor.

You may meet your advising requirement and clear your advising hold in one of three ways:

  1. by attending ONE of the DEPARTMENTAL advising sessions to take place over the next two weeks,
  2. by meeting with a member of the Academic Affairs staff during our walk-in hours starting November 7, or
  3. attending an individual advising session with a member of the Academic Affairs staff.

See below for more information about registration. 

Step 2: Registration

After you have met with your Academic Advisor, you may proceed with registration for Spring 2023. Before you will be allowed to register, you must clear all administrative holds, including Academic Advising, Health Information, Business Office, Financial Aid, and Qualifying Degree. Please note that ALL students must register by December 2nd. Students who register after this date will be charged 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, October 31 - Friday, December 2

All Tufts and Harvard students

Monday, November 7 - Friday, December 2

2023 graduating students

Monday, November 7 - Friday, December 2

2024 graduating students

Monday, November 14 - Friday, December 2

2025 graduating students Thursday, November 17 - Friday, December 2
2026 graduating students Monday, November 21 - Friday, December 2

Please follow these steps: 

  1. Online registration for the first registration group (DMA students) will open at 8 AM on October 31, 2022; each subsequent registration group will open at 8 AM on their start date. Registration will end for all students at 5 PM on December 2, 2022.
  2. After completing your registration process online, please proofread your schedule carefully to make sure it has been recorded properly. 
  3. Beginning October 24, information regarding booking a performance hall for a Spring 2023 required recital will be sent to your NEC email account by the Scheduling Office. This information will also be available during your advising sessions. Please note that you must be registered for a recital before the Scheduling Office can confirm an approved recital date, time, and performance hall.