New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a week-long series of programs to welcome new students and ease their transition into the Juilliard community. During this time, you will get to know your fellow classmates, take placement assessments, attend division-specific meetings, register for classes, and explore New York City and all it has to offer! Additionally, there will be sessions designed to address the specific needs and concerns of new graduate students and new international students.

What You Need to Know

Arrival Schedule and Important Dates

All new-to-Juilliard students are required to attend New Student Orientation. (For students who have recently graduated from Juilliard, please see the Information for Specific Student Populations below.) Listed below are the expected arrival dates for new students. Please check back here in May for specific arrival times. 

  • International students living in the residence hall:
    • Residence Hall Move-in Thursday, August 20, 2020
  • International students living off-campus:
    • International Student Orientation Friday morning, August 21, 2020
  • Domestic students living in the residence hall:
    • Residence Hall Move-in Saturday morning, August 22, 2020
  • Domestic students living off-campus:
    • Orientation Check-In Saturday morning, August 22, 2020

For a full list of summer dates and deadlines, please review the Orientation Timeline page.

Key academic dates can be found on the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar. 


Students will receive several emails over the course of the summer with important information from various departments at Juilliard. After you have been instructed to activate your Juilliard email, these Orientation emails will be sent to your Juilliard email address only. If you have checked your Juilliard email and your Clutter and Spam folders and still think you have not received these emails, please email us at [email protected].

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too!

Health Record Form

All students are required to submit the Health Record Form to Health Services by August 1. Questions about the Health Record Form should be directed to Health Services.  If you have difficulty locating your immunization records or obtaining a required vaccine, please email [email protected] or call 212-799-5000 ext. 282.



All first-time college students and any transfer students coming in with less than a full year of college coursework are required to live in the Meredith Willson Residence Hall. Other transfer and new graduate students are welcome to apply for housing as well. For transfer/graduate students, housing is not guaranteed; you will be notified if there is space after the first round of housing assignments is complete.

The Housing Application will become available by May 1, 2020 through your application status page. Please note the priority deadline to submit applications is May 15, 2020. If you have questions about the housing application process, please email Residence Life at [email protected].


Students who are not required to live on campus and are looking for off-campus housing resources can request access our private Facebook group, the Juilliard Off-Campus Housing Forum, where apartment listings, sublets, and roommate requests are posted. Individuals who have recently been accepted to Juilliard will have membership approved upon confirmation of enrollment.

Questions about off-campus housing resources may be directed to [email protected]. Students may also visit the Off-Campus Housing Resources web page for more resources.

Online Pre-Orientation Courses

All new students will be sent an online pre-orientation course through Canvas, our Learning Management System. This course, called the Juilliard Online New Student Orientation (JONSO) provides a wide range of information about the school, as well as specific information for each student's program of study and required placement assessments. Students are required to complete JONSO before they arrive to campus.

International students will also be required to complete the International Essentials course, which explains key immigration regulations, before they arrive to campus.

Late Arrival Request Process

New students are expected to attend New Student Orientation. However, if you have a professional commitment or medical situation that would prevent you from arriving to Orientation by your expected arrival date, you may request an approval for a late arrival. The late arrival request process will be made available here after April 15, 2020. Please be advised that late arrival requests are not guaranteed to be approved. 

Disability-Related Accommodations

The Juilliard School will make reasonable disability accommodations for students, guests, and community members with disabilities. If you need to request a disability accommodation, please contact the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) as soon as possible (but ideally no later than 4-5 weeks before your arrival on campus) to ensure timely accommodation. Please contact OASDS, at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 320.

Students in need of a disability housing accommodation should follow the instructions in the housing application, which is due by May 15, 2020.

Information for Specific Student Populations

International Students

New international students are required to attend a specialized orientation on Friday, August 21, 2020 with specific sessions about international student regulations and cultural adjustment. International students will receive specific information from the Office of International Advisement (OIA) regarding the I-20 request process and the online International Essentials course on Canvas.

Returning for Master of Music (MM) or Graduate Diploma (GD)

Current undergraduate Juilliard students who are returning for an MM or GD degree program are not required to attend New Student Orientation. Students in this category will be able to register for Fall 2020 classes during the Spring 2020 semester. Please check with the Registrar’s Office during the pre-registration period to determine if you are required to take any placement assessments in the fall.

If you are living in the residence hall, move-in day for returning students is Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Artist Diploma including Resident Quartets (AD)/Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA)

All DMA students will receive information over the summer regarding required meetings and activities that will take place on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28, 2020.

Current Juilliard students who are returning for an AD or DMA are not required to attend Orientation. However, you may have specific departmental requirements on Thursday, August 27 and/or Friday, August 28, 2020

New AD students will be required to attend Orientation on Thursday, August 27 and/or Friday, August 28, 2020

In addition, all Artist Diploma in Opera Studies (ADOS) students are required to attend the Vocal Arts Orientation sessions on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28, 2020.

Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard (BCJ) Exchange

Barnard or Columbia students enrolled in the BCJ exchange program are not required to attend the Juilliard New Student Orientation. You will receive information from Barnard or Columbia University regarding a required meeting at The Juilliard School, to be held in late August.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my residence hall room assignment?

Housing and roommate assignments will be sent to your Juilliard email in mid-June.

What is my mailing address going to be?

NOTE: You may not mail yourself packages until after August 17, 2020.

You will receive your student mailbox number in WebAdvisor by mid-July. Once you have your mailbox number, your mailing address will be:

[Your Name]
Student Box #
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

How do I access my Juilliard email?

In early June, you will receive an email to your personal email address with instructions to activate your Juilliard email.

Are meals provided during Orientation?

Yes, meals will be provided for all participating students.

What are placement assessments and will I need to take them?

Placement assessments are evaluation tools that are intended to reveal your knowledge and skill level so that you will be placed in the proper classes. Information about placement assessments will be included in the Juilliard Online New Student Orientation (JONSO). You will receive specific information about your required placement assessments by major. Please note that some placement assessments will be completed online before you arrive on campus.

When do I register for classes?

New students will register for classes (in-person) with an academic advisor during the week of Orientation - after completion of JONSO and the placement assessments.

Who do I call if I have more questions about...

- New Student Orientation, Family Orientation, or off-campus housing resources:
Office of Student Affairs at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 200

- Move-in Weekend or residence hall assignments:
Office of Residence Life at [email protected] or (212) 769-7400

- Immigration forms or International Student Orientation:
Office of International Advisement at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 358

- Health Services, Insurance, and Counseling:
Health and Counseling Services at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 282

- Financial Aid:
Financial Aid at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 211

- Tuition and Fees:
Tuition, Fees, and Expenses at [email protected] or (212) 799-5000, extension 231