The following sections offer resources for students. While Longy is a non-residential campus, our students are very involved in campus life and the Student Services Office is always available to help!

Student Handbook
Support & Accessibility
Meet Our Faculty
Course Catalog
Academic Calendars

International Students

Over half of Longy students are from countries outside the United States, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine, Chile, Georgia, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Nepal, Serbia, Singapore, and United Kingdom.

Our Student Services Office is here to assist international students with the process of applying to, and attending, school in the United States. We advise students on issues ranging from maintaining legal status in the United States, financing one’s education, and employment.

See Our International Student Resources
COVID-19 Travel and Visa FAQ

The Mentor Collective

Longy is proud to offer the Mentor Collective Program, designed specifically to help our international students transition from acceptance to attendance.

What is Mentor Collective at Longy?  

  • Mentor Collective is a national online mentoring community
  • Longy is one of many schools to partner with Mentor Collective to provide support within the community through mentorship
  • Mentor Collective matches incoming Longy students with a trained mentor based on common interests, background and academics
  • Mentors are highly qualified Longy upperclassmen and alumni
  • If you have logistical questions at any point during your mentorship, feel free to email Becky Reuse at [email protected]

What are the expectations for a Mentor Collective mentorship?

  • MC mentorships involve meeting at least once per month, usually via video chat
  • is the mentorship program’s online home base, where mentors and mentees can…
    • Access discussion guides for each session
    • Share insights on the mentee’s academic and individual concerns

What are other MC mentees saying about the experience?

  • An expert friend before even arriving on campus: “It felt good to talk to someone and get to know the place that’ll be your home for the next 4 years!” – Aradhya
  • Real-life examples of how to be successful at school and answers to important questions: “[My mentor] is the type of person that is easy to talk to. He answered all my questions with examples of his friends, which was a bonus for me.” – Bruno
  • A role-model who really gets to know you and helps you reach your goals: “We talked quite a bit about who we are and what we hope to accomplish with our lives.” – Victoria

How can students get matched with a mentor and get started?

  • Once you submit your deposit you will receive information from Longy about several important next steps, including directions to register for the mentor program
  • Haven’t received this information or want to learn more? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Student Health Insurance

Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, 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 with their tuition statement each year.

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. Students on the California campus (Master of Arts in Teaching) are not required to have the student health insurance, and do not have to submit a waiver.

Contact Admissions at [email protected] for information regarding health insurance costs for part-time students or for single semester (fall-only or spring-only) costs.

Benefits & Plan Information

Find a Doctor

Find a Pharmacy

Waiver Process

The waiver form is available starting in early June for Fall enrollment and early December for Spring enrollment. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the fall semester and January 31 for the spring semester.

If you are a student and your current coverage is comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the form.
  6. Print or write down your reference number. Receipt of this number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your form.

Health Insurance Card

Health Insurance cards are being delivered to the school, and will be available for pickup during the first week of classes. Cards are also available for download online on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts website or app.



Health insurance cards can also be viewed and accessed by the MyBlue Member app. You can download this app on your phone via the App Store or Google Play by searching for the name “MyBlue Member.”

You will need your BCBS ID number in order to access this app. You can get this number by doing the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Under “My Account” click on “Account Home”
  3. Login to your account and write down your “Claims ID number” (this is your BCBS Member ID number)

*You do not need to your Social Security Number to create your account. Enter your BCBS Member ID number in the Social Security Number field.

If you are having difficulty logging in to contact Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk

Customer Service (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-8pm): 1 (877) 307-3120

LiveChat (8:30am-5pm):

More information on the BCBS card can be found HERE

Mental Health

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or need to talk to someone about mental or emotional distress, consider sessions with a therapist or counselor. There are several local professionals listed below that are covered by Longy’s student health plan.

If you think you may be suffering from a serious mental affliction, please see your Primary Care Physician right away.

If you feel that you or someone you know is in emergency crisis – call 911 immediately

We understand that International Students face specific issues when attending school in another country. For more information, videos, and helpful tips for international students check out this International Student’s Emotional and Mental Health Awareness page.

Browse our list of Local Mental Health Professionals

Physical Health

Finding a Doctor

There are a variety of doctors available to Longy Students in the neighborhood surrounding a campus. A few examples are listed here. More providers can be located by logging in to your healthcare website and searching their database.

Please Note:
  • You should select a doctor within your insurance network for the best coverage. You may incur additional charges if you select a care provider outside of your network.
  • Most specialists require a referral from a primary care provider. Please contact your doctor’s office for further information.
  • Most in-office appointments require a co-payment. Details should be listed on your insurance card.

Browse our list of Local Physical Health Professionals

Prevention Information

The best way to avoid health problems is to take preventative measures. The following links offer advice for preventing the common cold, the flu, STDs, headaches, and injury.

Cold and Flu Prevention
  • Make sure to get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are available at your local doctor’s office or at a local pharmacy, such as CVS.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Make sure to contact professors, teachers and ensemble coaches in advance if you will be absent.
  • Tips for Flu Prevention
STD Prevention
Stress Prevention

A high level of stress can cause headaches, high blood pressure and emotional distress. The following tips may help you lower stress levels.

  • Exercise
  • Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. Consider taking Yoga for Musicians or Performance Techniques as one of your elective courses.
  • Get enough sleep. Most people need between 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • More Tips on Stress & Headache Prevention
Injury Prevention
  • Take a Mind/Body Class: Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Yoga for Musicians
  • Discuss it with your teacher as soon as you notice signs of pain or discomfort.
  • Exercise.
  • Take practice breaks.

Immunization Requirements

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law to request that all students present evidence that they are immunized against Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (Tdap), and Varicella.

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.

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

All MAT students will also need at Mantoux Tuberculin Test, whether they are international or domestic. This will provide tuberculosis clearance that will comply with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements.

More information, including the list of countries, can be found on our History of Immunization Form.

For more information see the Massachusetts State Vaccination Guidelines (Cambridge).

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

Emergency and Safety Resources

Emergency Phone Numbers

Cambridge Police Department
(617) 349-3300
Cambridge Fire Department (617) 349-4900
Cambridge Hospital (CHA) (617) 665-1000
Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

Campus Safety

If you or someone you know experiences sexual harassment or unlawful misconduct, please follow the Campus Safety Support and Reporting Options document below. You can also refer to page 23 in the Student Handbook.

Campus Safety Support & Reporting Options

Incident Report

Opiate Drug Abuse

College aged students continue to be at risk for prescription and recreational drug abuse at alarming rates.

  • Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that non-prescription opiate use among those ages 18-25 rose to 11.8% and we can estimate that this number has increased, following the national trend in more recent years.
  • Opiate deaths are on the rise. In 2015 there were more than 52,000 opiate-related deaths in 2015. That is more than the total of deaths from car crashes (37,757) and death by gun (36,252).

Next to prevention, the best method in reducing student opiate deaths is knowing how to reverse an actual overdose once it has happened. Naloxone is a life-saving antidote that can save the life of someone overdosing on opiates. 

Naloxone has been recommended by U.S. Surgeon General and can help save a life.

  • This non-addictive, non-lethal medication can be administered by anyone and has the capacity to reverse an overdose within seconds.
  • This drug has proven itself time and time again, even reversing 10,000 overdoses between 1996-2010.

Naloxone Guide – Everything you Need to Know

Clery Statistics

In accordance with both federal and state law, the Longy School of Music of Bard College maintains information concerning security policies and procedures and prepares an annual crime report concerning crimes committed on the Longy campus. Upon request to the Facilities Manager, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-876-0956, ext. 1767, or [email protected], the school will provide such information to any individual who requests it.

Clery Statistics (PDF)


Practice & Rehearsal Place

21 practice rooms, 15 classrooms, and 4 recital rooms are available for Longy students to reserve for practice. Additionally, Longy is home to one of the finest chamber music venues in the greater Boston area, Pickman Hall, and often uses other large spaces throughout Cambridge.

Current students use a web-based system to reserve space called Asimut.

You can find information on spaces to rent at Longy here.

Clery Statistics

In accordance with both federal and state law, the Longy School of Music of Bard College maintains information concerning security policies and procedures and prepares an annual crime report concerning crimes committed on the Longy campus. Upon request to the Facilities Manager, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-876-0956, ext. 1767, or [email protected], the school will provide such information to any individual who requests it.

Clery Statistics 2017 (PDF)

Building Hours

September 7th-May 13th

Buildings Accessible Only via ID Card


Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm



Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
 Sunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Student Discounts

Use your Longy ID and save money! A number of stores, restaurants, performing arts organizations, and museums offer student discounts. More information coming soon.

Student Organizations

Students often form groups and associations based on common interests. Active organizations will vary from year to year and new groups are welcome and encouraged. Existing student organizations include:

The Longy Student Association is a group of elected representatives from the student body who advance student ideas and concerns, host events and activities, and bring the student community closer together. All students are encouraged to provide feedback to the LSA.

Members are nominated and elected annually by the Longy conservatory student body.

The LSA By-Laws are available from the Student Services Office.

The LSA Facebook page allows students to stay up to date on LSA and Longy events and participate in an open-ended discussion of life at Longy.

LSA on Facebook

Contact: [email protected]

The Longy Black Student Union is a student-led organization, which welcomes all students. The organization:

  1. Serves as a place of fellowship for students and alumni of The Longy School of Music of Bard College
  2. Moderates open discussions on topics related to:
    • Race
    • Diversity
    • Socio-economic status
    • Gender
    • Inclusion
    • Intersectionality
  3. Promotes and celebrates the accomplishments of Black creatives
  4. Curates events that highlight elements of the Black experience

Longy also has these student-led organizations:
Latinx Student Union (LSU)
Queer Student Union (QSU)
Asian Students Alliance (ASA)

Constitution Day/Register to Vote

Longy celebrates Constitution and Citizenship Day annually on September 17 or the next school day if it falls on a weekend as required for participation in Title IV.
Read The Constitution of the United States
Read The Bill of Rights

Eligible students may register to vote. Here are a few links that provide information:
League of Women Voters
Rock the Vote

Net Price Calculator for Longy Attendance

The Net Price Calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance – including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses – minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

View the calculator in a separate page.