Admissions

Congratulations! You're just a few steps away from an education in craftsmanship. We admit a wide array of students into our programs each year, and our community is creative, talented, welcoming, and diverse.

Our students are unique, with varied educational backgrounds, work experience, and unique goals. We make the admissions process easy for everyone, and our Admissions team will support you throughout the process.

View all of our Full-Time Programs here.

View our Full-Time Programs Catalog and Supplement with specific information for 2017-2018.

What You Need to Apply

You've made an important step towards a promising future in craftsmanship. Here's what you need to apply to one of our Full-Time programs:

  1. Application form
  2. Transcript(s)
  3. Letters of Recommendation (2)
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Work & Experience History
  6. Visit NBSS for an Info Session
  7. Program-Specific Requirements, as applicable. See tab below.
  8. International Student Requirements, if applicable. See tab below.

Don't worry if you're unable to have all of these ready before beginning the application form! We'll keep you informed of missing items and next steps. Remember to put your name on every page/document that you submit.

Note: You can include the above items as part of the online application. Or send us your materials by email admissions@nbss.edu, fax 617-227-9292, or postal mail to NBSS Admissions, 150 North Street, Boston MA 02109.

Step 1. Complete the NBSS Application

Getting started is easy. Just complete our simple, free online application. Once you're done, you’ll get an email that includes additional items needed and next steps.

Note: a hard copy application is available by request.

Step 2. Provide Transcripts

One of the following is required to show that you completed your studies:

  • Official high school transcript or GED/HSE.
  • Official post-secondary transcript(s) for Associate, Bachelor, or other advanced degree.
  • International students, please see the “International Students” section below.

Please have your transcripts or evaluations sent directly to our Admissions Department.

Step 3. Request Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably from an instructor, mentor, employer, or client. Recommendations must include contact information, information about your abilities, and information about your potential to succeed in your program and industry of interest.

The person recommending you can use our Letter of Recommendation form here. The can also email their Letter to admissions@nbss.edu, fax it to (617) 227-9292, or mail a hard copy to our Admissions Department.

Step 4. Complete Your Statement of Purpose

Write a one-page, typed, and double-spaced essay detailing your experience, reasons for applying, professional goals, and what you can contribute to the program and the industry.

Step 5. Send Your Basic Resume

Please include work and experience history including a list of related courses, internships, and other skill-building experiences.

Step 6. Schedule a Visit to NBSS

We offer monthly Info Sessions for all of our Full-Time programs. Please RSVP for your visit in advance, if possible. Out-of-state/country applicants may schedule an initial phone interview.

Step 7. Complete Program-Specific Requirements

Bookbinding

  • A portfolio of your work including 6–8 photos, either digital or printed, and labeled with your name and brief descriptions.
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
  • 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.
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 you submit your application and portfolio.
  • CORI Report to ensure employability after graduation
Locksmithing & Security Technology
  • CORI Report to ensure employability after graduation

Piano Technology (advanced only)
  • Completion of the NBSS Piano Technology Program, RPT Certification, or a scheduled tuning test with faculty.
  • CORI Report to ensure employability after graduation
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.
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.

For International Students only

In addition to the other requirements, international students must send:

  • Transcript(s): copies of official secondary or post-secondary transcripts, as well as a certified credential evaluation of the transcript. Two agencies that provide certified credential evaluations are CED and WES.
  • Student visa: an M1 student visa. Learn more about the M1 student visa here.
  • English Language Certification: a certificate of completion from an English Language institution or course. This includes courses on transcripts, language school certificates, TOEFL, and IELTS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Your education is an investment. Learn all about financial aid and how to apply here.

North Bennet Street School admits individuals of any religion, sex, race, age, color, and national or ethnic origin. We accord them all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. We do 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, or other School-administered programs.

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

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Questions?

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Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions
NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston MA 02109

617-227-0155 x111 | admissions@nbss.edu

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