Complete details regarding academic policies and procedures at The Juilliard School can be found in the Student Handbook, available online through the Juilliard Intranet (intranet.juilliard.edu).
All applicants who have been newly admitted to Juilliard as well as all currently enrolled students must register in person during the registration periods as indicated in the academic calendar . They should be prepared to pay enrollment deposits and tuition according to the schedule of payments outlined in Tuition, Fees, and Expenses. Students must meet payment dates in order to proceed with registration.
All students are expected to register on time and to begin classes as scheduled. Penalty for late registration is $50–$150. Late arrivals without notification are assessed the maximum penalty. New students are not permitted to arrive late.
Placement Tests (Music Division Only)
All newly admitted students in the Music Division take mandatory placement tests at the beginning of the academic year in music theory, ear training, and other designated subjects. A brochure outlining the required tests and suggested texts for study will be sent to all admitted students early in the summer. The tests are scheduled by the registrar on specific days prior to registration. Students must be present for all days of testing.
Students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree programs may receive transfer credit for liberal arts electives as described below. Exemption from other requirements is evaluated only through placement examinations. Graduate students are not eligible for transfer credit.
A maximum of 12 elective credits in liberal arts may be transferred from an accredited college or university. The following guidelines apply: 1) the course must be taken during the student’s college years — courses taken while in high school are not eligible; 2) the course must be an eligible elective as determined by the registrar; 3) the grade must be at least C; and 4) the student must provide the registrar with an official transcript.
Students who are approved for coursework at Barnard or Columbia through the cross registration program may satisfy up to 12 liberal arts credits in this way. Note: Approved transfer students who have already received the maximum of 12 transfer credits may satisfy 6 of their remaining 12 credits through the cross-registration program.
Juilliard does not grant credit for high school advanced placement courses. Since the liberal arts requirement for a Juilliard bachelor’s degree is minimal (one course per semester), it is important that this requirement be fulfilled with courses taken during residency at Juilliard so that students are able to participate in an interdivisional learning experience.
A minimum course load of 12 credits per semester is considered full-time and required in all programs of study. The maximum normal credit load per semester is 21 credits. Any schedule containing more than 21 credits per semester is considered an overload and must be approved by the dean of academic affairs, registrar, or division director. Overloads dictated by curriculum requirements will be confirmed at the time of registration.
No addition, cancellation, or change in a student’s class schedule will be considered official until it is recorded by the registrar. Schedule changes may be made by advisement only during the first two weeks of classes in each semester. Music students must request changes in the Registrar’s Office. Dance and Drama students must arrange changes in their respective division offices.
Adding Classes: Classes may be added only during the first two weeks of a given semester. Students may not earn credits for attendance in a class for which they are not officially registered. They are responsible for subject matter already covered in any class to which they have been admitted late.
Dropping Classes: Classes may be dropped only during the first two weeks of a semester. After the initial two-week period, students may withdraw from non-required classes (grade of W recorded) through the 10th week of the semester. Withdrawal forms will be available in the Registrar’s Office. All withdrawal forms must have the instructor’s signature and must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office by the deadlines listed in the academic calendar . No withdrawals will be allowed after these dates. No student may withdraw from a required course without the permission of the Scholastic Standing Committee.
Changes of Class Section: All requests for change of class section are subject to the same regulations as adding or dropping classes.
Changes of Status
Change of Program
Students who wish to change to a program of study other than the one to which they were officially admitted or are currently registered must apply to the Scholastic Standing Committee. Applications are available in the Registrar’s Office. Note: This option is available only for changes between the bachelor’s degrees and diploma program or the master’s degree and graduate diploma program. All other changes require that a new application be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the published deadlines. An audition is required for all new applications.
Change of Major Teacher (Music Division Only)
The request for a change in major teacher begins with an interview with the dean, and is permissible only between academic years or in some circumstances between semesters. Teacher change forms are issued in the Dean’s Office after a series of conversations with the dean.
Double Major (Music Division Only)
Students who wish to major in two different fields of study must audition for and be admitted to each department. Since the curricular requirements for both departments must be followed, an additional year of study may be required. Students with double majors receive 15 hours of private instruction in each major per semester and are assessed an additional tuition charge for that purpose. Permission for a double major must be granted by the dean and both departments.
Secondary Applied Study
Students who wish to pursue studies in a secondary instrument must apply to the dean after they arrive at Juilliard. There is an additional fee for secondary studies that entitles the student to 15 hours of private instruction for the academic year. Students who wish to have 30 hours of private instruction for the academic year will be assessed a higher fee.
Transfer Status (Undergraduate Music Students Only)
Undergraduate students who have transferred from another college will be evaluated to determine their class standing after their initial enrollment at Juilliard. Several factors are used in this process, including placement test results and transfer credit granted for liberal arts courses. All transfer students are required to spend at least two full-time years enrolled at Juilliard. A student with two or more years of study at another institution may be eligible for third-year status. A student with only one year of study elsewhere may be eligible for second-year status. A final determination is made by the major teacher and major department after the first-year jury.
Leaves of Absence
Students desiring an extended leave of absence from their studies for professional, medical, or personal reasons must apply in writing: music students to the dean; dance students to the division director; and drama students to the administrative director of the division. All approved leaves are processed by the dean. The official leave of absence date will be the day the dean is notified, or the last day of attendance in any educationally related activity (including participation in performances), whichever is later. Academic standing may be a factor in the approval of a leave of absence. Students in the first term of a program are generally not eligible for a leave. Leaves of absence may not exceed two consecutive semesters. Any student not returning after an approved two-semester leave will be withdrawn from the School and will have to apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. For leaves that commence after the semester has begun, financial aid is adjusted, and reimbursement is required. Students who have borrowed from any student loan program at any time during their academic career should contact the Financial Aid Office to learn more about repayment requirements before taking a leave.
Students desiring to withdraw from the School, for any reason, must notify the dean. The official date of withdrawal will be the day the dean is notified or the last day of attendance in any educationally related activity (including participation in performances), whichever is later. Students who withdraw from the School must reapply to the Office of Admissions if they wish to return. For withdrawals that occur after the semester has begun, financial aid is adjusted, and reimbursement is required. Students who have borrowed from any student loan program at any time during their academic career should contact the Financial Aid Office to learn more about repayment requirements before withdrawing.
Standards and Regulations
Scholastic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress
In developing its philosophy of scholastic standing and methods of measuring satisfactory academic progress, The Juilliard School has been obliged to consider carefully the unique nature of the educational and artistic process at the School as well as the unique development of each individual student. Students in the performing arts who are admitted to The Juilliard School begin their college-level studies with a commitment to a specific art form and in most cases are highly trained and disciplined at the outset of their studies. Therefore, the qualitative evaluation of their potential for graduation in the particular curriculum track begins in the first year. Requirements for graduation are delineated by program, course, credit, and normal residency for each field of study see the appropriate Division. Quantitative evaluation is set against those published guidelines. Students must follow the curriculum guidelines prescribed by their major field of study. Progress through the prescribed sequence of courses and the credits accumulated become the student’s official transcript. While Juilliard computes a traditional grade point average (G.P.A.) by semester and cumulatively, the School does not attempt to rank its students by class level or department.
The educational programs of The Juilliard School, including academic standards and regulations governing satisfactory progress, are supervised by both the dean and the dean of academic affairs.
Note: Detailed information regarding the scholastic standing review process and evaluation may be found in the “Academic Standards and Regulations” section of the Student Handbook.
The School awards credit for studies on the basis of regular attendance and satisfactory completion of all assignments and examinations. At the close of each semester, grades are posted to WebAdvisor (available through the Juilliard Intranet), and become part of the student’s permanent record. Any questions regarding the accuracy of a grade must be addressed in writing to the registrar within the semester immediately following receipt of the grade. Students who wish to receive a printed copy of their cumulative record should file a request in the Office of the Registrar. Studies are classified in the following categories: major study, classroom, performance ensembles, and departmental examinations (juries). Grades are recorded as follows:
||Professional Excuse (Performance grade only. By petition to the Dean. PX grades grant credit for approved off-campus professional affiliations.)
Note: Grades of C- and D do not carry credit at the graduate level.
||Incomplete (I grades may only be received with prior permission of the instructor. Requirements must be completed no later than four weeks following the end of the semester for which the incomplete was received; otherwise, the grade will be recorded as a failure [IF]). See note below.
||Absent from examination (X grades may only be received with prior permission of the instructor. The exam must be made up no later than four weeks following the end of the semester for which the X was received; otherwise, the grade will be recorded as a failure [XF]). See note below.
||Medical Excuse (Performance grade only. By petition to the Dean. MX grades grant a waiver of credit and are approved for one semester only.)
||No grade submitted
Note: Extensions may be granted by the Scholastic Standing Committee only upon instructor-approved petition by the student. Under certain conditions, exceptions may be allowed for first-semester incompletes in year-long skills based courses. Please note that incompletes are not granted on the doctoral level, except under extraordinary circumstances as determined by the Doctoral Governance Committee.
Any question regarding the accuracy of a grade must be addressed by the student in writing to the registrar within the add/drop period of the semester immediately following the semester in which the grade was received. Grade appeals received later than this deadline will not be accepted for further review. The student will be advised first to consult with the instructor in order to understand the computation of the grade; the instructor will document this consultation in writing to the student and registrar. If the student has further concerns, the next step is to consult with the department head. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the registrar informed if the appeal proceeds beyond consultation with the instructor. Ultimate resolution, if warranted, rests with an administrative committee chaired by the provost and dean. The student will receive a written response to the appeal at each appropriate stage. Copies of this correspondence will be maintained in the student’s folder in the Registrar’s Office. Every effort will be made to resolve grade appeals in a timely manner, to the extent possible, within the semester in which the written appeal was received.
Students begin their studies at Juilliard in good standing and are given every encouragement to maintain that status throughout their program of study at the School. Should a student’s progress fall below departmental standards with respect to any aspect of the qualitative and quantitative work expected, the student will receive written notification of a change in academic standing (Concern, Warning, or Probation) as described below. Copies of such notifications are routinely shared with both the dean and the dean of academic affairs, the primary teacher or division head, the registrar, the director of financial aid, and, where applicable, the director of international advisement. In many cases, a personal conference with an appropriate school official will be part of the notification process.
All students are expected to maintain a grade of at least B in major subject and performance classes, and satisfactory jury examinations.
Note for undergraduate students: Grades below B- in the major subject and performance classes, and/or below C- in classroom subjects will prompt disciplinary action by the Scholastic Standing Committee.
Note for graduate students: Grades below B in the major subject and performance classes will prompt disciplinary action by the Scholastic Standing Committee. In classroom subjects, grades lower than C do not carry credit at the master’s level; grades lower than B- do not carry credit at the doctoral level. Further restrictions apply to those taking English classes. See English Proficiency section below.
Standard Categories of Disciplinary Action:
Concern and Warning: If a student receives a grade or grades lower than the required minimum in secondary subjects (i.e., subjects outside the major or performance studies), he or she may receive a letter of concern or warning. Such a letter is normally issued at the close of the semester, but may be issued at any time during the academic year that the registrar receives official notice of poor achievement. A warning letter indicates a severe lapse in academic performance nearly warranting probationary status. If a student receives a letter of concern or warning, that student’s record will be reviewed again at the midpoint and close of the succeeding semester.
Probation: A student may be placed on probation at any time for significant problems in meeting the artistic, technical, and/or professional requirements of their major field of study (for Music students, this would be for unsatisfactory grades in the major subject or performance classes, or jury examination as described in the “Notes for undergraduate and graduate students” above); for repeated failures in a secondary subject or subjects; for multiple failures or non-credit grades in a given term; for an unprofessional attitude toward class attendance; or for a serious breach of the “Essential Elements of the Curriculum.” (See note at the end of this section.) If a student receives a probation letter, that student’s record will be reviewed again at the midpoint and close of the succeeding semester.
Dismissal: Students who do not meet the terms of their probation or who demonstrate an incorrigible failure to meet the scholastic standards of Juilliard (for example, repeated failures) may, at the School’s discretion, be subject to dismissal at any time. Students may also be dismissed at any time if their attitude or deportment conflicts with other standards of the School, or if they endanger their own health or that of others. Acts of cheating and vandalism are dismissible offenses. Students are subject to Juilliard’s “Standards of Academic Integrity” as detailed in the Student Handbook (see note at end of this section). Students who are dismissed are generally advised in a personal conference with the dean or appropriate division director, as well as in writing by the respective department head. Doctoral students are notified by the chair of the Doctoral Governance Committee.
Note: Detailed information regarding “Essential Elements of the Curriculum” and “Standards of Academic Integrity” may be found online in the Academic and Curricular Policies section of the Student Handbook.
Examinations and Juries
Students are required to take all class examinations and performance juries at the announced times. Students in the Music Division who are required to take jury examinations at the end of each year of study do so at times scheduled by the Registrar’s Office. In Music, the second year undergraduate jury will be evaluated with special care for the purpose of determining whether or not a student is meeting the technical standards of her/his program and should be permitted to continue at Juilliard. Permission to postpone annual or graduation jury examinations must be approved in writing by the major teacher and submitted to the dean for final approval. Permission to change the time for a class examination must be obtained from the class instructor. Students must be registered for major lessons during the semester of a graduation jury or recital.
Note: Detailed information regarding technical standards and jury requirements may be found online in the Academic Affairs section of the Juilliard Intranet (intranet.juilliard.edu).
Students are expected to attend all classes, lessons, and required rehearsals. Promptness is required. Inappropriate absences or repeated lateness may result in a failing grade or, in extreme cases, dismissal from the School. For further details, refer to the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section in the Student Handbook.
Note: Early departures for, or late returns from, vacations, whether for reasons of reduced travel cost or for another reason, are NOT considered valid excuses for missing class or rehearsal work. Students should plan to make reservations for travel well in advance in order to take advantage of any reduced fares that may be available. Since Juilliard vacations coincide with those of many other institutions, it is often necessary to do this several months before your trip.
Students are expected to be accountable for all absences. More than three absences in any class will require a conference with the teacher of that class. Continued absence may result in departmental warning, probation, or eventual dismissal. In cases of minor injury, students are expected to observe classes. In cases of serious injury or illness, a doctor’s note is required; students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Two unexcused absences from any elective class in one semester will result in a warning, and any subsequent unexcused absence will be cause for being summarily dropped from the course with no credit given. For detailed policy information on absences and attendance, please consult the current Juilliard School Dance Division Handbook.
The actor training at Juilliard follows an integrated curriculum in which all subjects are directly related and no courses are optional. Regular and prompt attendance is necessary for achieving the goals of the training. For classes that meet throughout the school year or for an entire semester, students are allowed up to two absences per semester. For classes running less than a full semester, only one absence is permitted for the duration of the class. Lateness is not permitted for classes or rehearsals. Any lateness will be counted as half an absence. If students reach their limit of absences in any class, they are subject to disciplinary sanctions set forth by the Drama Division. For detailed policy information on absences, please consult the current Juilliard Drama Division Student Handbook.
Major Lessons: Students unable to attend major lessons or coachings for ensembles should notify the faculty assistant in advance. Failure to do so will result in loss of credit for the lesson missed.
Orchestra and Chamber Music: Orchestra and chamber music concerts at Juilliard provide the students with major performance opportunities. Regular attendance at rehearsals throughout the year is required and it is expected that players will arrive at each rehearsal in advance of the announced starting time. No excuses will be accepted for absence other than documented cases of illness. The initiative for clarifying absences lies with the student, who is expected to contact the director of orchestral activities or director of chamber music. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or loss of scholarship aid.
Note: Short-term professional leave request forms, for absences of six or more consecutive class days, are available in the Dean’s Office, and must be submitted six weeks before the beginning of an intended absence, along with documentation and the major teacher’s signature. A committee of faculty members and administrators evaluates the quality of musical and professional growth that may result from the requested leave. A complete statement of the Professional Leave Policy can be found in the Student Handbook.
All classroom courses have stringent attendance policies. Students must follow those policies in order to assure satisfactory progress in those courses.
Absences in these courses are not, strictly speaking, excused. But absences are forgiven when they are caused by special rehearsals scheduled for certain performances by the Dance, Drama, and Music Divisions. Such rehearsals are announced to the classroom teachers in advance, and lists of the students involved are provided by the director of performance activities, the director of orchestral activities, or the director of chamber music.
If students have important professional engagements that will take them away from the School, they must apply in advance for a short-term professional leave. (Drama majors are not allowed to accept such engagements. Dance majors and resident doctoral students are discouraged from doing so.) It is up to the teachers — in accord with departmental policy — to determine how, if at all, such absences will affect evaluation of the student’s course work.
When students must miss class because of illness, they are required to call the Health Services clinic on the day of the illness to schedule an appointment with a clinician within the next 48 hours. At the discretion of the clinician, students will be given a note requesting excusal from class(es) missed due to illness. Medical notes from outside practitioners will not be accepted unless they are first reviewed and cleared by the Health Services office.
Students whose English proficiency is determined to be inadequate may be admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance only), Bachelor of Music, or Master of Music degree programs on a conditional basis. In order to continue in the undergraduate degree programs, students will be expected to pass English I with a grade of at least C+ in their first year of study. Students in the Master of Music degree program are expected to pass English II with a grade of at least B-.
Residency and Statute of Limitations
The residency for official programs of study at Juilliard is as follows:
|B.M. or B.F.A.
*For approved undergraduate transfer students only.
The statute of limitations begins with the date of a student’s first enrollment at Juilliard and includes all non-medical leaves of absence. Readmission to programs beyond the statute of limitations means starting the program anew. Any extensions or exceptions require written approval of the dean.
Statement of Accreditation
The Juilliard School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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Higher Education General Information Survey Codes
All degree and diploma programs are registered with the New York State Education Department and are classified by program title with Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) codes.
Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for all Dance majors are classified by HEGIS code 1008.00 and registered under the program title “Dance.” All Diplomas in Dance are classified by HEGIS code 5610.00 and registered under the program title “Dance.”
Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for all Drama majors are classified by HEGIS code 1007.00 and registered under the program title “Drama.” All Diplomas in Drama are classified by HEGIS code 5610.00 and registered under the program title “Drama.”
Bachelor of Music degrees for all Music majors except Composition are classified by HEGIS code 1004.00 and registered according to the following program titles: Conducting; Guitar; Harpsichord; Jazz Studies; Orchestral Instruments; Organ; Piano; Violin, Viola, and Cello; Voice.
Diplomas for all Music majors are classified by HEGIS code 5610.00 and are registered according to the following program titles: Composition; Conducting; Guitar; Harpsichord; Jazz Studies; Orchestral Instruments; Organ; Piano; Violin, Viola, and Cello; Voice.
Master of Fine Arts degrees for all Drama majors are classified by HEGIS code 1007.00 and registered under the program title “Drama.”
Master of Music degrees and Graduate Diplomas for all Music majors except Composition are classified by HEGIS code 1004.00 and registered according to the following program titles: Collaborative Piano; Conducting; Guitar; Harpsichord; Historical Performance; Jazz Studies; Orchestral Instruments; Organ; Piano; Violin, Viola, and Cello; Voice.
Doctor of Musical Arts degrees for all Music majors except Composition are classified by HEGIS code 1004.00 and registered under the program title “Performance.”
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as Graduate Diplomas, in Composition are classified by HEGIS code 1004.10 and registered under the program title “Composition.”
Artist Diplomas in Music are classified by HEGIS code 1004.00 and registered under the following program titles: Jazz Studies; Opera Studies; Performance; String Quartet Studies.
Artist Diplomas in Drama are classified by HEGIS code 1007.00 and registered under the following program titles: Playwriting; Theater Directing.
Statement of Compliance
The Juilliard School endeavors to provide an open, nurturing educational environment. To that end, the School has established policies in support of the Drug Free Schools Act, the Campus Security Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specific details may be found in the Student Handbook.