Accepted Students

Welcome to the Longy Family!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Longy! We are looking forward to welcoming you, and want to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached at admissions@longy.edu

Important Dates and Deadlines

SPRING 2019

  • November 15: I-20 Documentation (international students only)
  • December 1: All Student reply deadline and enrollment deposit due
  • January 5: Official transcripts and History of Immunization records due
  • January 5: Immunization records due
  • January 7: Spring 2019 Tuition bill due
  • January 10: Health Insurance Online Waiver Deadline (domestic students only)
  • January 10 & 11: Orientation for New Students
  • January 14: First Day of Spring Semester Classes

FALL 2019

  • April 15: Graduate Student reply deadline and enrollment deposit due
  • May 1: Undergraduate Student reply deadline and enrollment deposit due
  • June 1: I-20 Documentation (international students only)
  • July 1: Official transcripts and History of Immunization records due
  • August 1: Fall 2019 Tuition bill due
  • August 1: Headshots due
  • August 1: Health Insurance Online Waiver Deadline (domestic students only)
  • August 25-30: Orientation for New Students
  • September 3: First Day of Fall Semester Classes

LATE FINE POLICY:
Students who do not comply (or who have not received an deadline extension approval from the Admissions Office) with the requirements by the deadline will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn.

International Students

Mentors for International Students
Every incoming international student is matched with a Longy mentor, who is a current student or recent alumni. The Mentor Collective is specifically designed to help our international students transition from the time they are accepted to their first day of classes, and beyond.

Learn more about the Mentor Collective program HERE

Translated Transcripts

All international applicants are required to submit official transcripts from their previous institution(s). Transcripts that are not in English must have an official English translation. This translation cannot be done by the applicant.

Longy only accepts translated transcripts submitted directly from the school, with the official school seal, and include graduation dates and degree(s) received. All students must complete their studies and earn their respective credentials (certificates, diplomas, etc.) before enrolling.

NOTE: Transcripts that do not include final grades for all courses, graduation date, and degree(s) received will not be accepted. Transcripts that do not have this information directly published on the transcript must provide a supporting certificate from their school (with the official seal) confirming the graduate date and degree(s) received.

Longy prefers translations via one of the following services:

Please request a course-by-course evaluation
Other transcript translation services are available HERE.

Transcripts sent via mail should be sent to:
Longy School of Music of Bard College
ATTN: Office of Admissions
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America

Students who do not comply (or who have not received an deadline extension approval from the Admissions Office) with the requirements by the deadline will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn.

History of Immunizations

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law to request that all students present evidence that they are immunized against the following:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (Tdap)
  • Varicella

In addition, students who were born and/or lived in countries with a high rate of tuberculosis need a Mantoux Tuberculin test.

Note: Some international students may not be able to obtain their Tdap vaccination in their home country. These students may obtain their Tdap vaccination here in the United States after arrival. Vaccination doses must be started before the end of the Drop/Add period.

Download our History of Immunization Form

For more information, see the Massachusetts State Vaccination Guidelines

To find a clinic for vaccinations in the U.S. near you, visit HealthMap Vaccine Finder

Students who do not comply (or who have not received an deadline extension approval from the Admissions Office) with the requirements by the deadline will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn. 

Student Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled three-quarter time or more to purchase and maintain health insurance.

Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school’s plan and are billed for this coverage. Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school’s health insurance program for a slightly higher cost.

International Students are required to enroll in the Longy health insurance plan and are not eligible to waive.

More information on the student health insurance can be found on our HEALTH AND WELLNESS PAGE

F1 Visa Frequently Asked Questions

What is an F1 Visa?

Most international students who study at Longy will enter the United States on an F-1 visa. An F-1 student is a nonimmigrant who is pursuing a full course of study in order to achieve a specific educational or professional objective at an academic institution in the United States. Once the educational or professional objective has been attained, the F-1 student is expected by the U.S. government to return to his or her residence abroad. Holders of other visa types who wish to study at Longy should contact the Admissions Office for further information.

What is an I-20, and how do I get one?

You must receive a Form I-20 from Longy in order to apply for the F-1 visa. Longy will issue the Form I-20 only after the following documents have been received, reviewed, and accepted:

  • The completed application for admission including a TOEFL score report or waiver.
  • A clear photocopy of the student’s passport from the home country. If a student has obtained a visa from another school, a clear photocopy of the student’s previous visa is also required.
  • Certified evidence of financial support and a letter of sponsorship where applicable. This should include official, original records of personal or family funds. These records can also include the funds of outside agencies or sponsors. All international students must submit proof of financial support that they, or their sponsors, can cover the cost of attendance for the full program at Longy.

Determining your Cost of Attendance:
In order to receive the Form I-20, international students must provide documents of financial support for costs associated with studying at Longy and living in Boston. Please see link below for a list of these expenses. 

Tuition Rates, Fees & Other Expenses

What is SEVIS?

SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, is a database maintained by the U.S. government that tracks international students and their dependents. Longy’s Designated School Officials are required to update a student’s SEVIS record whenever the student changes address, program of study, etc.

SEVIS DESIGNATED STUDENT OFFICIALS: Longy’s Designated School Officials (DSOs) for international student affairs are the Registrar, the Director of Student Financial Assistance, the Director and Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services. These advisors are available to help international students understand and comply with all applicable rules and regulations.

What should I do after receiving my I-20 from Longy?

Upon receiving the completed Form I-20 from Longy, students outside the U.S. should:

1. Pay the SEVIS Fee. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires proof of payment of the SEVIS fee before issuing a visa or approving any benefits of status. F-2 dependents are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. To pay the SEVIS I-901 processing fee refer to: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/.

2. Make an appointment at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country in order to apply for the F-1 visa. It is recommended that appointments be made well in advance of traveling to the U.S. Students should bring all documents relevant to their admission to Longy, including:

  • Valid passport (must be valid at least six months beyond the date you intend to remain in the U.S)
  • Completed and signed Form I-20
  • Certified evidence of financial support (including the same financial documents used by Longy to complete the Form I-20)
  • Longy acceptance letter (and scholarship award letter where applicable)
  • Proof of English proficiency, such as a TOEFL report
  • Travel documents and other forms as specified by the local U.S. embassy

These documents should be retained and may need to be presented when traveling to the U.S. In some cases a person applying for an F-1 visa may be asked to provide evidence of intent to depart the U.S. after completion of studies.

A great resource on how to prepare for your visa interview can be found HERE

What should I do after I am approved for my F-1 Visa?

The student will be issued an F-1 visa. Visas can be obtained only outside the United States at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The visa allows a student to enter the U.S. when accompanied by the Form I-20 and is only valid for the purpose for which it was issued. The expiration date on the visa does not determine how long a student may stay in the U.S.; the completion date printed on the Form I- 20 is the determining date.

Unlike the Form I-20, visas may expire while a student is in the U.S. However, before re-entering the U.S. after any international travel, the visa must be renewed.

Citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from the requirement to possess a visa to enter the U.S.; however, they are still required to pay the SEVIS fee before starting their program. Proof of SEVIS fee payment for these individuals will be verified at the U.S. port of entry before they are admitted to the United States in F-1 status.

What if I’m already in the U.S. with an F1 Visa?

The SEVIS fee is not required from international students currently in the U.S. in valid F-1 status. The fee is not required when a student transfers to a new school or changes degree program or level within five months of completing a previous F-1 program.

Longy will provide a student coming from another U.S. school with a SEVIS Transfer Form to be completed by an official at the previous school so that the student’s SEVIS record can be transferred to Longy and a new I-20 issued.

What happens if I do not come to Longy after I receive an F1 visa?

The SEVIS fee must be paid by students who have studied in the U.S. in F-1 status in the past but have departed the U.S. for longer than a five-month period or changed to another immigration status, whether or not a new F-1 visa is needed.

I-20 Documentation

International students enrolling in the conservatory will be sent detailed instructions for their financial documentation in a International Student Packet. These packets will be sent via email 3-5 months before the start of your first semester.

I-20 STUDENT PACKET

All international students must submit financial proof that they are able to supply the full amount for the Cost of Attendance for all years of their prospective program.

International Student Required Documents and Financial Proof:

  • International Student Information Form
  • Financial Support Form
  • Affidavit of Financial Support Form 
  • Financial Proof of Funds
    • All forms and supplementary documentation must be returned to the Office of Admissions and Student Services by June 1.
    • All bank statements and/or proof of financial asset must be original
    • Include evidence of other financial assets if bank statements do not cover cost of attendance*
  • Copy of passport

Students currently studying in the U.S.A. must also submit: 

*Documentation of other financial assets is only required if the full cost of attendance amount for the first year of the chosen program is not shown in the bank statements provided by the student. In this case, the student is required to provide evidence of assets totaling the value of the cost of attendance. This may be presented in the form of land deeds, copies of all fixed deposits held, letters of sponsorship, evidence of employment etc.

All F1 students must be in possession of a valid I-20 and U.S. visa in order to enter and stay in the country for the duration of their educational program

 

Please do not contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services with requests to expedite the I-20 process prior to the above dates other than in case of emergency. I-20 packets will be mailed in a timely fashion upon receipt of the student’s documentation.

Mailing Address:

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Office of Admissions
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America

English Language Study

Any admitted student whose TOEFL score is below a composite score 63 will be required to take an English Proficiency Test during Orientation. Based on these results, some students may be placed in a “Project English” class during their first semester, to help their transition to studying here at Longy.

We highly suggest that all of our students for whom English is not their primary language to keep practicing English (both speaking and written) before they start their first semester. Below are options for English language programs in the area that students can attend before their start at Longy.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS IN BOSTON
We encourage all incoming students to improve their English language skills prior to enrolling at Longy and during the course of their degree. Boston offers a number English as a Second Language (ESL) programs during the summer months and during the academic year. Many Longy students have successfully improved their English through the following program:

My Language Solutions (MLS)

http://www.mylanguagesolutions.com/
Davis Square
402 A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144  U.S.A
(+1) 617.500.3215

Domestic Students

Official Transcript

Every student is required to provide an official transcript from their most recent institution. The transcript must be issued by your previous institution and sent directly to Longy School of Music.
We accept official transcripts in the following formats:

  • Mailed to our Admissions Office in sealed envelope by your most recent institution
    • Please note that we cannot accept transcripts mailed to us by the student
    • Send all transcripts to the following address:
      Longy School of Music
      Admissions Department
      27 Garden St
      Cambridge, MA 02130
  • Digital transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Please instruct your previous institution to send e-transcripts to Chantal Tribble at ctribble@longy.edu

Students who do not comply (or who have not received an deadline extension approval from the Admissions Office) with the requirements by the deadline will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn. 

History of Immunizations

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law to request that all students present evidence that they are immunized against the following:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (Tdap)
  • Varicella

In addition, students who were born and/or lived in countries with a high rate of tuberculosis need a Mantoux Tuberculin test.

Note: Some international students may not be able to obtain their Tdap vaccination in their home country. These students may obtain their Tdap vaccination here in the United States after arrival. Vaccination doses must be started before the end of the Drop/Add period.

Download the History of Immunization Form

For more information, see the Massachusetts State Vaccination Guidelines
To find a clinic for vaccinations in the U.S. near you, visit HealthMap Vaccine Finder
Students who do not comply (or who have not received an deadline extension approval from the Admissions Office) with the requirements by the deadline will be fined $75 and will not be allowed to register for classes until all documentation is received. Students who do not fulfill the requirements within 30 days of matriculation will be administratively withdrawn.

Student Health Insurance & Waiver Options

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled three-quarter time or more to purchase and maintain health insurance.
Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school’s plan and are billed for this coverage. Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school’s health insurance program for a slightly higher cost.

Insurance waiver forms are available online to new and returning students in advance of the start of the school year. US students may waive the insurance if they demonstrate satisfactory coverage as required by law. This may be done by visiting www.gallagherstudent.com. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 15 for the fall semester and January 5 for the spring semester.
More information on the student health insurance can be found on our HEALTH AND WELLNESS PAGE

Orientation

Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students. Please contact the Office of Admissions & Student Services at ctribble(at)longy.edu or 617-831-1796 if you have a conflict with orientation.

There will be a $75 late registration fee for anyone who cannot attend New Student Orientation

Information on MAT Orientation (Los Angeles campus) can be found HERE

Fall Orientation Details

Fall Orientation – August 25-30

Full Fall Orientation Schedule will be available in July

Orientation activities include:

  • Course advising and registration
  • Music Theory and History Placement Proficiency exams
  • Piano Evaluations
  • Chamber music and orchestra auditions
  • Voice and Diction placement for singers
  • Tours of the campus
  • Financial aid counseling sessions
  • International Student information, including F1 visa policies

Early registration period will be from May 27-June 17. Students who do not register in the early registration period will meet with their advisor and register for classes during Orientation Week. For information regarding requirements and schedule of classes, review the Registration Information section of the website HERE

Placement Auditions

Orchestra & Chamber Music Placements

All new string, woodwind, brass, piano, collaborative piano, classical guitar, and saxophone majors are required to audition for our Chamber music ensembles during orientation. Additionally, all string, woodwind, and brass majors will also audition for the Orchestra during this combined audition.

Jazz & Contemporary Music and Historical Performance majors do not audition during this time, and will be auditioned at a later date.

For All - Please bring a completed copy of the chamber music profile/questionnaire sheet to your audition – this will be distributed to you at orientation.

For String, Woodwind, & Brass Majors:

  • Prepare one excerpt from a major chamber work for your instrument
  • Prepare two contrasting (specifically, fast and slow) pieces from your solo repertoire (concerto, sonata, etc. - not orchestral excerpts)
  • Prepare the specified orchestral excerpt for your instrument from the Orchestra Placement Audition Packet (Orchestra Placement Audition Packet)

For Classical Guitar & Saxophone Majors:

  • Prepare one excerpt from a major chamber work for your instrument, reflecting contrasting styles.
  • All students will be asked to do some sight-reading at their audition.

For Pianist/Collaborative Piano Majors:

Voice/Diction Placement Auditions

All Vocal Performance, Opera, and Historical Performance Voice students (including Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma students) will be assigned a Voice/Diction placement audition during New Student Orientation. This audition will be part of the placement for diction courses, repertoire classes, and other performances.

Each singer will be asked to prepare four selections. These selections can be art song, oratorio, opera, or operetta and must include the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German

An accompanist will be provided. Singing by memory is encouraged, but not necessary as long as you have a copy for yourself and for the pianist.

Please bring copies of your music in a notebook to the audition.

Music History and Theory Proficiency Exams

For the Fall semester, music history and theory proficiency exams are given during Orientation Week. Master of Music and Undergraduate Diploma students will need to take placement exams.

Graduate Performance Diploma, Graduate Diploma in Composition, and Artist Diploma students DO NOT need to take proficiency exams.

Students may prepare for these exams by reviewing the Music Theory and History Proficiency Guide (PDF of current Music Theory and History Proficiency Guide) and Examples.

Undergraduate students will take exams in the following categories, for placement in course levels:

  • Aural Music Theory
  • Written Music Theory

Master of Music students will take exams in the following categories. Students who do not place out of the exams will enroll in graduate review courses (one or two semesters):

  • Aural Music Theory
  • Written Music Theory
  • Music History

Piano Evaluation

The Piano Evaluation is required for all new Undergraduate Diploma and Master of Music students. Students will have to either pass this evaluation during New Student Orientation or take and pass a piano course.

Graduate Performance Diploma, Graduate Diploma in Composition, and Artist Diploma students DO NOT need to take the piano evaluation.

In addition, if you are one of the following, you do not need to be evaluated:

  • Piano & Collaborative Piano majors
  • Jazz & Contemporary Music piano majors
  • Harpsichord majors
  • Organ majors
  • Majored in piano performance as an undergraduate.

All other students will be scheduled a piano evaluation time during Orientation. Students should prepare:

    1. Two contrasting solo pieces from different time periods that reflect the level at which you are comfortable playing (music may be used)
    2. Two major and two minor scales of choice played for two octaves, hands together
    3. Sight-reading
    4. Identify key signatures for all major and minor keys.

NOTE: If a student does not have solo pieces or scales ready to play, they still need to be evaluated. The evaluation will be a chance for the new students to share their past experience with piano. Anyone without previous keyboard experiences still needs to have this meeting.

Registration and Studio Placement

Registration
New students will register for courses during Orientation. After meeting with the Department Advisor, students sign up to register in-person with the Registrar. Although we can provide guidelines regarding requirements and electives for your program, you will not know your schedule until you meet with the Department Advisor and the Registrar. For information regarding class schedules for your specific degree program, please refer to the Registrar Page.

Studio Placement
Studio assignments are determined in consultation with department chairs and faculty members, and almost all students are placed in the studio of their first-choice instructor. Studio assignments for most departments are sent shortly after admission decisions are released. If you have not requested a studio teacher, please email Caylon Travis at ctravis@longy.edu.