Full-time Programs Admissions

Welcome to North Bennet Street School!  

You will find admissions information here for the nine full-time programs at NBSS. The School admits a wide range of students each year. The process is easy and we work with you to answer questions and provide support.

The best way to discover if NBSS is the right fit for you is to visit us. Tour the facilities, meet others who are interested in the School, ask questions and learn more about the School and the admissions process. Attend one of the monthly Information Sessions or schedule an individual meeting and tour. To learn more about Information Sessions, click here. To schedule a visit, write to admissions@nbss.edu or call 617-227-0155 x111.

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Getting started.

The first step is to complete the free online application. Once you complete this form, a file is created to receive the balance of the admissions requirements listed below. If you prefer to fill out a paper form, we are happy to email or mail one to you. Call 617-227-0155 x111 or write to admissions@nbss.edu to request a paper form.


The first round of decisions for Fall is on March 10. Beyond March, NBSS offers rolling admissions on decisions for matriculation in either the Spring or Fall. We accept applications and make decisions on completed applications throughout the year.

It is to your advantage to complete the admissions requirements and financial aid applications as soon as you are ready. Programs are competitive and may fill quickly. When a program is full we start a wait list made up of qualified applicants. Wait-listed applicants will be accommodated as soon as a bench becomes available. If a bench does not become available, you may indicate that you would like to be considered for the next available enrollment date.


If you are identified as a qualified applicant, you will receive an acceptance letter, an Enrollment Agreement, and a Financial Aid Award letter (if you applied for financial aid). To accept our offer, you must return your signed Enrollment Agreement and pay a non-refundable $150 registration fee and a tuition down payment of $2,000 which is applied to the final monthly tuition payment of your program.


We encourage students with a September start date to apply for financial aid by a suggested filing date of April 1. September 1 is the suggested filing date for those entering NBSS with a February start date. Applications received after these dates will be given full consideration based on the availability of funds. To apply for financial aid please complete both the NBSS Financial Aid Application, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current school year. For detailed application instructions, and for information on financial aid at NBSS, please visit our financial aid webpage, or contact the Financial Aid Office.


Please follow the instructions regarding submission of admissions requirements. Your compliance will ensure timely processing and decision making. Failure to do so may impact your candidacy.

  1. Please put your full name on every document that you submit.
  2. Please email materials to admissions@nbss.edu only.
  3. Please put the full name of the applicant in the subject title.
  4. Please address mail to: Admissions, North Bennet St. School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109
  5. Fax to 617-227-9292

Admission Requirements Checklist:

The following are required to complete an application to North Bennet Street School:

  1. Application
  2. Transcript(s)
  3. Letters of Recommendation
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Work & Experience History
  6. Visit North Bennet Street School
  7. Program Specific Requirements
  8. International Students Requirements

Description of Admission Requirements:

  1. Application: A completed application, available online. A hard copy can be mailed to you upon request.
    • Transcript(s): One of the following is required showing that you completed your studies:
      • Official high school transcript or GED/HSE.
      • Official post-secondary transcript(s) including Associate, Bachelor, or advanced degree.
      • International students please see #8 below. Transcripts or evaluations should be mailed directly to: Admissions, North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from an instructor, mentor, employer or client. Recommendations must include contact information and provide information about your abilities and potential to succeed in your program and industry of interest. You may copy and paste the link to our form, email, fax or send hard copy.
    • Statement of Purpose: A one page typed, double-spaced essay detailing your experience, reasons for applying, professional goals and what you can contribute to the program and the industry.
      • Resume: Work and experience history including a list of related courses, internships and other skill-building experiences.

      • Visit North Bennet Street School:
        • Information Sessions are scheduled monthly for all programs.
        • Visits and interviews should be scheduled in advance.
        • Out-of-state/country applicants may schedule an initial phone interview.
      • Program Specific Requirements: If you are applying to one of the programs listed below, include the noted materials with your application.
        • Jewelry Making & Repair
          • A portfolio of your work including 6 – 8 photos (either digital or printed) and labeled with your name and brief descriptions.
          • A scheduled meeting with faculty once your application and portfolio are submitted.
        • Bookbinding and Cabinet & Furniture Making
          • A portfolio of your work including 6 – 8 photos (either digital or printed) and labeled with your name and brief descriptions.
        • Carpentry and Preservation Carpentry 
          •  An 8th grade level math test consisting of arithmetic and computation questions. If you provide evidence of achieving a B grade or better in high school algebra or beyond, you may be excused from taking the test.
        • Locksmithing & Security Technology
          • CORI Report (Criminal Offender Record Information Report) to ensure employability after graduation.
        • Violin Making & Repair
          • A portfolio of your work including 6 – 8 photos (either digital or printed) and labeled with your name and brief descriptions. Professional musicians may substitute their experience.
          • A 40-minute NBSS math test consisting of arithmetic and computation questions.  If you provide evidence of achieving a B grade or better in high school algebra or beyond, you may be excused from taking the test.
        • Advanced Piano Technology
        •    Completion of the NBSS Piano Technology Program, RPT Certification, or a scheduled tuning test with faculty.
      • International students: In addition to the other requirements, international students must complete these items:
        • Applicants must submit copies of official secondary or post-secondary transcripts as well as a certified credential evaluation of the transcript. Agencies that provide certified credential evaluations are http://www.cedevaluations.com/ and http://www.wes.org/.
        • Submit an M1 student visa. Learn more about the M1 student visa at www.internationalstudent.com.
        • English Language Proficiency:
          •    A certificate of completion from an English language institution or course. This includes courses on transcripts, language school certificates, TOEFL, and IELTS.

      Questions about the admissions process are welcome. Call 617-227-0155 or write to admissions@nbss.edu.


      North Bennet Street School admits individuals of any religion, sex, race, age, color, national and ethnic origin and accords them all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, race, age, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs. 

      Please contact us if you have questions about NBSS programs or the admission process. We’re always happy to talk to you!

      North Bennet Street School
      150 North Street
      Boston, Massachusetts 02109

      Phone: 617-227-0155
      Fax: 617- 227-9292
      Email: admissions@nbss.edu

      North Bennet Street School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).


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      North Bennet Street School
      150 North Street
      Boston MA 02109
      617-227-0155 x111
      617-227-9292 (fax)

      Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions

      Financial Aid and tuition information

      For financial aid information, click here.

      Tuition and material fees are unique to each full-time program. Details are listed at the bottom of each full-time program page.

      Cabinet and Furniture Making
      Jewelry Making and Repair
      Locksmithing and Security Technology
      Piano technology
      Preservation Carpentry
      Violin Making and Repair

      Full-time courses at North Bennet Street School qualify for veterans educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Chapter 30. To confirm your eligibility for benefits, call the Veteran's Administration at 888-442-4551.

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