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Academic and Student Affairs

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs works with and for students to enrich and enhance their NEC experience. We take a holistic approach, bringing together our campus partners in academic support, health and wellness, accessibility, student activities, residence life, and international services.

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St. Botolph, Room SB224

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Academic and Student Affairs

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Students sitting and laughing
Meet the Deans

Richard Giarusso

Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Jordan Hall, Room JH224

Christina Davis

Dean of Students and Campus Life

St. Botolph, Room SB224

Matthew Duvanek in class with students

Academic Advising

Building deep and consistent relationships with students.

NEC equips students with the tools to take personal responsibility for their educational success, preparing and empowering them to be lifelong learners and members of a global community. Academic advisors help students explore majors and minors, register for courses, set professional goals, identify co-curricular opportunities that foster growth, and connect with additional support services.

Health and Wellness

Providing student-centered care designed to optimize academic achievement and performance excellence.

Through’s NEC’s Health and Wellness Center and a partnership with the Tufts Center for Collegiate Wellness, NEC students have full access to Tufts’ slate of medical services, including after-hours and weekend care.

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Student Resources

International Student Advising

Maintain your immigration status and make the most of your time in Boston.

Disability Support Services

Resources and accommodations for students with disabilities.

Information for Veterans

Veterans and their dependents may be eligible to use the GI Bill to pursue a degree at NEC.

2023–24 Student Handbook

Essential information including the mission of the school, academic policies, and disciplinary code.

Residential Life

Live in the heart of Boston.

A place to lay your head—and so much more. The Student Life and Performance Center is home away from home for NEC undergraduates.

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Get Involved

Clubs and Organizations

Four students sitting in library

Join a student organization or start your own! Become a student leader or expand your literary portfolio by writing for The Penguin, NEC’s student-run monthly newspaper. There’s something for everyone!

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a time for new students to meet their classmates, get familiar with Boston, engage with faculty, and dive into their music, all while having fun.


Commencement at New England Conservatory is a celebratory event that honors the hard work and achievements of our graduating students, featuring inspiring speeches, musical performances, and the conferring of degrees in a ceremony that reflects the artistry and dedication of the NEC community.