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

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2020 (Cambridge)

  • 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 due (international students only)
  • July 1: Official transcripts and History of Immunization forms due
  • July 1: Official English Proficiency scores due (non-native English language students only)
  • August 1: Headshots & Bios Due
  • August 1: Fall Tuition Bill Due
  • August 1: Health Insurance Online Waiver Deadline (domestic students only – see below)
  • August 23: New Student Orientation (required for all students – see below)
  • August 24: First day of Fall Semester classes

MAT (Los Angeles)

REVISED SCHEDULE

  • June 1: I-20 Documentation Due (international students only)
  • June 2: Health Insurance Enrollment begins (domestic students only)
  • July 1: Official Transcripts and History of Immunization forms due
  • July 1: Official English proficiency scores due (non-native English language students only)
  • July 15: Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline (domestic students only)
  • July 15: Tuition bill due
  • August 1: Headshots and Bios due
  • August 18*: Orientation & Registration (required for all students)
  • August 24*: First day of Classes

*IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start date for this program is tentative. As of this moment, we are planning to be in-person in August. Longy will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few weeks and months and will update you according to any changes made to the timeline. Governments regulations and, most importantly, the safety of our students will be taken into consideration when making these decisions. If you have questions at any time, contact Tyler Reece, Director of Admissions and Student Services.

MM/ME (Cambridge)

REVISED SCHEDULE

  • June 1: I-20 Documentation Due (international students only)
  • June 1: Tuition bill sent out via email
  • June 2: Health Insurance Waiver option begins (domestic students only)
  • June 15: Health Insurance Waiver Deadline (domestic students only)
  • July 1: Official Transcripts and History of Immunization forms due
  • July 1: Official TOEFL or IELTS score due (non-native English language students only)
  • July 1: Tuition bill due
  • July 15: Headshots and Bios due
  • Dates TBD: Orientation (required for all students)
  • August 3*: First day of Classes

*IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start date for this program is tentative. As of this moment, we are planning to be in-person in August. Longy will be monitoring the situation closely over the next few weeks and months and will update you according to any changes made to the timeline. Governments regulations and, most importantly, the safety of our students will be taken into consideration when making these decisions. If you have questions at any time, contact Tyler Reece, Director of Admissions and Student Services.

LATE FINE POLICY
Students who do not comply with the requirements (or who have not received a deadline extension approval from the Office of Admissions) 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.

Domestic Students

Official Transcript

Every student is required to provide a final, official transcript from all previous institutions. Transcripts should include final grades for all courses, a graduation date, and degrees/diplomas received. Transcripts with missing information will not be accepted. Students who send official transcripts from their previous institution prior to graduation will be required to resend a final transcript once the degree is completed.

We accept official transcripts in the following formats:

  • Hard Copies mailed to our Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope by your institution. We cannot accept transcripts mailed to us by the student. Hard copied should be mailed to the following address:

Longy School of Music
Office of Admissions
27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America

History of Immunizations

Download our History of Immunization Form

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law (click HERE for more information) 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

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

Student Health Insurance and 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.

US students may waive the insurance if they demonstrate satisfactory coverage as required by law. Beginning in May, a Waiver Form will be accessible through the Status Page. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the Fall semester.

More information can be found on our Student Resources page.

Orientation

Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students. If you have a scheduling conflict, please contact Caylon Travis, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services, at ctravis@longy.edu or 617-831-1779. There will be a $75 late registration fee for anyone who cannot attend New Student Orientation.

Fall Orientation

August 23

The full 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 F-1 visa policies
International Students

The Mentor Collective

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. Students will receive sign-up information via email after enrolling.

Transcript Evaluations

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 that 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:

We accept official transcripts in the following formats:

  • Hard Copies mailed to our Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope by your institution. We cannot accept transcripts mailed to us by the student. Hard copied should be mailed to the following address:

Longy School of Music
Office of Admissions
27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America

History of Immunizations

Download our History of Immunization Form

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law (click HERE for more information) 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 have 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.

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

Student Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled three-quarter time or more to purchase and maintain health insurance. International Students are required to enroll in the Longy health insurance plan and are not eligible to waive.

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.

More information can be found on our StudentResources page.

F-1 Visa Process

International students are required to obtain an F-1 Student Visa before travelling to the US to study at Longy. To obtain an F-1 Student Visa, the student must first be enrolled into one of Longy’s SEVP certified programs. This includes accepting an offer of admission and paying the enrollment deposit.

Once the student has enrolled with Longy, the student must then provide documentation proving they have enough funds available to pay tuition and fees as well as living expenses during their studies in the US. Afterwards, one of Longy’s SEVP Designated School Officials (DSO) will send an I-20 Form to the student (usually via DHL). Once received, the student may then apply for an F-1 Student Visa.

Please note: while Longy will do everything possible to help students obtain an F-1 Student Visa, it is the student’s responsibility to research and understand the requirements in obtaining and maintaining US nonimmigrant status. Please read the following websites to learn more about studying in the US:

F-1 Visa FAQs

What is an F-1 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 satisfactory English Proficiency score report or waiver.
  • Completed I-20 Documentation Form, available on the Status Page after the Enrollment Deposit is paid.
  • 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 entire first year of their 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. Click HERE for a list of estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.

What is a DSO?

Designated School Officials (DSOs) are available to help international students understand and comply with all applicable rules and regulations. Longy’s DSOs for international student affairs are:

  • Caylon Travis, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services
  • Chantal Tribble, Assistant Director of Student Services
  • Ruth Blackburn, Registrar
  • Lauren Flaherty, Director of Student Financial Assistance

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. Click HERE to pay the SEVIS I-901 processing fee.
  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.
  3. Prepare for your interview. Click HERE for a fantastic preparation resource.
  4. Students should bring the following documents to their official interview:
  • 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.

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 F-1 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 F-1 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

IMPORTANT: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, international students are encouraged to submit the I-20 Documentation as soon as possible, preferably by May 15, 2020.

Once an international student has officially enrolled at Longy (accepted the offer of admission and paid the Enrollment Deposit), a form titled I-20 Documentation will appear on the Status Page. Using this form, the student will provide the documents required by Longy in order to issue a valid Form I-20. Please be prepared to provide the following supplementary materials:

  • 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 (bank statements and/or Affidavit of Financial Support Form). 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 entire first year of their program at Longy.
  • International students currently studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa must also submit:
    • SEVIS transfer form (Cambridge)OR SEVIS transfer form (Los Angeles)
    • Copies of all previous I-20s (if applicable)
    • Copy of I-94 Record of Arrival/Departure available HERE

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

English Proficiency

Any admitted student who has not provided a satisfactory English Proficiency score (see International Students for score requirements) 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.

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

Placement Auditions

Orchestra & Chamber Music Placements

Placement Auditions

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.