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

MEET #LONGYBOUND STUDENTS!
Important Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2021 (Cambridge)

Students Deferring from Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 Pandemic 

  • October 1: International Status Update due 
  • October 15: I-20 Documentation due (international students only) 
  • November 15: Transcripts and Immunization Form due 
  • November 15: Official English Proficiency Scores due (non-native English speakers only) 
  • November 15: Tuition bills sent via email 
  • December 1: Headshots & Bios due 
  • December 1: Health Insurance Waiver due (domestic students only) 
  • December 15: Tuition payment due 
  • January 14-15: Campus Orientation 
  • January 18: First day of classes for spring semester 

New Spring 2021 Students 

  • November 10: Decisions released 
  • December 1: Offer reply deadline and enrollment deposit due 
  • December 1: I-20 Documentation due (international students only) 
  • December 5: Tuition bills sent via email 
  • December 15: Tuition payment due 
  • December 15: Health Insurance Waiver due (domestic students only) 
  • January 1: Transcripts and Immunization Form due 
  • January 1: Official English Proficiency Scores due (non-native English speakers only) 
  • January 5: Headshots & Bios due 
  • January 14-15: Campus Orientation 
  • January 18: First day of classes for spring semester 

Summer 2021 (MAT and MM/ME)

  • January 31: Early Action decisions released 
  • March 15: Regular Action decisions released 
  • April 15: Offer reply deadline and enrollment deposit due 
  • May 15: I-20 Documentation due (international students only) 
  • June 1: Tuition bills sent via email 
  • June 15: Heath Insurance Waiver due (domestic students only) 
  • July 1: Tuition payment due 
  • July 1: Transcripts and Immunization Form due 
  • July 1: Official English Proficiency Scores due (non-native English speakers only)  
  • August 1: Headshots & Bios due

Fall 2021 (Cambridge)

  • April 15: Graduate offer reply deadline and enrollment deposit due 
  • May 1: Undergraduate offer reply deadline and enrollment deposit due 
  • June 1: I-20 Documentation due (international students only) 
  • June 15: Tuition bills sent via email 
  • July 1: Transcripts and Immunization Form due 
  • July 1: Official English Proficiency Scores due (non-native English speakers only)  
  • August 1: Headshots & Bios due 
  • August 1: Health Insurance Waiver due (domestic students only) 
  • August 1: Tuition payment due 

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.

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