admissions Overview

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 more details of how to apply in the expandable menu below.

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.

Download a handy admissions checklist here.

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.

If you have additional documents to add to your application after you first submit, please use this form.

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.

If you didn't include it in your original application, upload additional documents here.

Step 5. Send Your Basic Resume

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

If you didn't include it in your original application, upload additional documents here.

Step 6. Schedule a Visit to NBSS

NBSS is unique, and is best experienced in person if you are considering training here. All applicants are required to visit the School for a tour and an interview. The visit provides an opportunity for applicants to meet with our Admissions team, see the workshops and studios, and to meet students and instructors when available.

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
  • A skill test administered at the school that includes mechanical aptitude, tool use, and following directions.

Jewelry Making & Repair
  • A skill test administered at the school that includes mechanical aptitude, tool use, and following directions.
  • A portfolio of your work including 6–8 photos, either digital or printed, and labeled with your name and brief descriptions. The portfolio may be waived by successful completion of the skill test.
  • A scheduled meeting with faculty once you submit your application.

  • CORI Report to ensure employability after graduation
Locksmithing & Security Technology
  • A skill test administered at the school that includes mechanical aptitude, tool use, and following directions.
  • CORI Report to ensure employability after graduation

Piano Technology (advanced only)
  • A skill test administered at the school which may include tuning, regulation, and repair for applicants who have not graduated from Basic Piano Technology.

PRESERVATION CARPENTRY
  • A skill test administered at the school that includes mechanical aptitude, tool use, and following directions.

Additional Info for Veterans

Additional Info for International Students

Questions?

Check out our FAQs, or contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.


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Financial Aid

Nearly 70% of current students receive some form of financial aid. We’ve recently added new scholarships and grants for Boston residents, veterans, and degree holders. What’s more, we have frozen tuition at current levels, and are on track to award over $1,000,000 in NBSS scholarships annually to qualified students, making an education at NBSS more affordable than ever.

Learn all about financial aid and how to apply here.


Program Details

  • Full-Time Programs: Get a broad understanding of our traditional trade offerings, and view details of all nine programs in this section.
  • Videos: View 2-minute videos to learn about the work you'll do in class.
  • Virtual Tours: Take a (virtual) tour through the program spaces of our 64,000 sf facility
  • Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
  • Full-Time Programs Catalog: View specific information for 2019-2020, or view the 2020-2021 Catalog here.

Accreditation

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

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.