Registration Guidelines

The information on this page applies to Returning Students for the Spring 2021 semester. Information regarding Spring 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 Spring 2021, available through PowerCampus Self Service (PDF instructions for access and use may be found here) and on the NEC website beginning November 2, 2020. 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:

October 26

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

November 2

Advising appointments begin for these groups of students:

  • All 2021 graduating students
  • All Tufts students
  • All Harvard students
  • All DMA students
November 16
Advising appointments begin for 2022 graduating students (students may begin signing up for appointments beginning November 9, 2020)
November 23
Advising appointments begin for 2023 graduating students (students may begin signing up for appointments beginning November 16, 2020)
November 30
Advising appointments begin for 2024 graduating students (students may begin signing up for appointments beginning November 23, 2020)
Friday, December 11 Deadline for Academic Advising (all students)
  *Students graduating in May 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 December 11, 2020. 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, November 9 - Friday, December 11

All Tufts and Harvard students

Monday, November 16 - Friday, December 11

2021 graduating students

Monday, November 16 - Friday, December 11

2022 graduating students

Monday, November 23 - Friday, December 11

2023 graduating students

Wednesday, December 2 - Friday, December 11

2024 graduating students Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11

Please follow these steps:

  1. Online registration for the first registration group (DMA students) will open at 8 AM on November 9, 2020; each subsequent registration group will open at 8 AM on their start date.  Registration will end for all students at 5 PM on December 11, 2020. 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 Spring 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.