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1) $110 non-refundable application fee

The application fee should be paid online by credit card. The Boston Conservatory also accepts application fee waivers from College Board, NACAC, or your guidance office. Please do not send application fee checks or waivers in the mail as we may not process them before the deadline. Instead, fax or email is preferred.

2) Academic transcripts

High school transcripts are required for all freshman and transfer applicants who have not completed two full years of college work. College transcripts are required for all transfer and graduate applicants. Graduate college transcripts are required for Professional Studies Certificate applicants. International students must have their transcripts evaluated. Home schooled students, please see our Academic Requirements

3) Letters of recommendation

For all applicants, two letters of recommendation are required: A recommendation from someone who knows the applicant in an academic context, and a recommendation from someone who knows the applicant in an artistic context.

Suggested recommenders:

  • Dance: Ballet or Modern and Academic teacher, or employer
  • Music: Private Teacher and Academic teacher, or employer
  • Music Education: Employer and Academic teacher
  • Theater: Music or Acting and Academic teacher, or employer

Please note: These are guidelines. Please check the audition requirements for your particular instrument to ensure that further recommendation requirements do not apply. Recommendations may be sent electronically via the online application (which includes recommendation cover sheets), or mailed directly to the Admissions Office. The cover sheets are optional.

4) Artistic resumé

submitted online

Relevant to the program to which you are applying, the resume should include the following elements:

  • Applied study (e.g., instrument/discipline, with whom, for how long) 
  • Performance experience
  • Awards and distinctions
  • Festivals and summer programs attended

5) Personal Statement

submitted online

Choose among three essay prompts which are available inside your online application. 

6) TOEFL or IELTS score

for non-native speakers of English

All non-native English speakers must submit an official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Code: 3084. Score results must be received by the Admissions Office by January 15. Scholarship priority will be given to those students who take the exam by this date. You may also submit an SAT or ACT test in lieu of a TOEFL exam. Please refer to the International Applicant requirements for further information.

7) Perform an audition

Please refer to the audition process for your intended program as some applicants to the Music division require a pre-screen, or allow recorded auditions. Applicants may only audition once per year.

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