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Admissions and Paying your deposit
Overture, Peabody’s New Student Orientation Program
Billing and Financial Aid
Housing and Residence Life
Academic Advising and Course Registration
Student Accounts
Placement Auditions

Admissions and Paying your Deposit

I paid my deposit and I am officially coming to Peabody! What’s next?

Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you to campus in August. Prior to arriving in Baltimore, you will need to complete the Overture Online program, submit your Pre-Entrance Health Forms, take online placement tests (if applicable), register for summer online review and remedial courses (if applicable), and take time to relax and celebrate.

We invite you to start connecting with your peers through the Peabody Accepted Student Facebook group.

Will my private teacher be confirmed before paying my tuition?

Most students receive their private teacher assignment in their acceptance letter. In a few cases each year, applicants are offered their choice of teacher or are waitlisted for their preferred teacher’s studio. Students interested in changing their teacher preference should contact the Office of Admissions at

Will Peabody hold my spot if I cannot attend in the Fall?

Applicants cannot defer acceptance because Peabody relies on audition ratings in a given year. Deferred acceptance would increase the number of applicants and could impact the development standards for acceptance from year to year. We welcome students to reapply if they are interested in postponing their enrollment.

Overture, Peabody’s New Student Orientation Program

Is orientation required?

Yes! Both the Overture Online program and the Overture On-Campus experience are mandatory for all first-year students. Current Peabody students who are graduating in May and starting a new degree in August are also required to complete both the Overture Online program and attend the Overture On-Campus experience. Returning students should continue to check their JHU email accounts for information about returning to a new degree program.

What is the difference between Overture Online and Overture On-Campus?

Peabody’s New Student Orientation program consists of both an online and on-campus experience. Our two-fold approach creates a smooth and successful transition into the Peabody, johns Hopkins, and Baltimore communities.

Prior to arriving to campus, students are required to complete the Overture Online program, which students should access using the JHU Blackboard portal. Overture Online outlines the required next steps students must complete before their arrival. Please note students who have not completed the Overture Online program will not be permitted to move into the residence halls or attend any orientation programs or classes.

The Overture On-Campus experience introduces first-year students to social, academic, professional, and wellness opportunities. Students will complete in-person placement testing, meet with an academic advisor, register for Fall courses, and attend valuable educational session to connect with valuable resources to make the most of their time at Peabody. 

When is orientation and will I need to attend every day?

The schedule for your on-campus experience is in the process of being finalized. First-year students are expected to attend all orientation programs and educational sessions, starting Friday, August 21, 2020 and concluding on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Students should refrain from scheduling appointments, meetings, and lessons during this timeframe (Friday, August 21, 2020 and concluding on Saturday, August 29, 2020.) The Overture schedule is subject to change and students are expected to participate in all required sessions.

Where can I find the Overture schedule?

A detailed orientation schedule will be made available later this spring.



How will I be notified of important information?

Once students have paid their deposit, all communication will be sent to their JHU email account. We encourage you to add the mailbox to your mobile device(s) and check every day for any updates and important information.


Billing and Financial Aid

How are scholarships determined?

Peabody is committed to providing an exceptional scholarship and financial aid program so that we may attract the best students while helping to ensure an education that is as affordable as possible. Peabody Scholarships are awarded using a merit-driven, need-informed evaluation process with consideration given to the strength of the applicant’s audition balanced against the enrollment needs of the school. All students must submit a financial aid application.

If my family does not need financial aid, do I have to submit financial aid documents?

No, but we recommend all applicants submit both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and CSS Profile by the deadlines indicated on our financial aid website so that they may be considered fully for all aid for which they may be eligible, including federal and state aid.

How can I go about requesting reconsideration of my financial aid package? 

Families are advised to submit an appeal statement, which is a personal statement to indicate the nature of the appeal and the amount of the additional funding being sought.  Too, they can also provide award notifications from other schools as a comparison of aid offers.  Families are welcome to appeal multiple times.

If I transfer to ASEN does my aid transfer? 

No, financial aid is non-transferrable.  The FAO at the school of ASEN must receive the student’s electronic data to make an assessment of what types of aid they would qualify.

Can I receive a scholarship and assistantship?

No, you must elect one or the other.

Should I wait to pay my bill until after aid disburses? 

No, you should pay the balance reflected on your JHU student account. Ensure that you have accepted all and completed requirements.

How can I pay my Tuition to Peabody?

Please see the link below for tuition payment options.

When will my aid disburse? 

 Each term, financial aid disbursements are scheduled for the term’s start as long as the student meets the criteria of accepting the aid, have full time enrollment, have completed requirements.

Can I take my loans now and cancel them later?

Yes, under the conditions of the borrower’s right to cancel, loans may be cancelled up to 14 days after disbursement.  Students should be prepared to make immediate payment to their JHU student account to cover the balance. Beyond day 14, schools are not required to returns so students will have to return funds directly to the servicer.

Is it possible to receive funds to cover purchases not included in my cost of attendance (COA)?

You must speak with a financial aid counselor for full details.


Housing and Residence Life

When can I move in?

First year students will move-in on Friday, August 21, 2020. Logistical information (times, parking, etc.) will be communicated online and from the Office of Residence Life.

How are roommates matched? Can I request someone specific as a roommate?

Within the housing application is a survey that collects information on your living habits and preferences. This information is used by the Housing Office to match roommates. We take great care when processing roommate assignments and want to process matches that offer students the best opportunity to build comfortable and positive relationships.

If you know another incoming student whom you would like to live with, then you can indicate this on your housing application as well. It is important that both you and your preferred roommate list each other on your respective applications though, as we can only honor roommate requests that are mutual.

When will I find out my roommate assignment?

First year, undergraduate students will receive their roommate assignment by August 1st. Notices will be sent to your JHU e-mail account.

Am I required to live on campus, or can I lease an off-campus apartment?

Incoming first-year undergraduate students are required to live on-campus for the first 4 semesters that they are at Peabody.

We place a great deal of importance on the role that on-campus housing plays in a student’s transition/integration into the school, and the learning outcomes that are built into the freshman and sophomore residential experience. For these reasons, we strictly enforce our 4-semester residency requirement and will only consider exceptions for the following:

  1. If a student is over the age of 21 at the time that they enter the school.
  2. If a student’s current (for at least the past 2 years) and permanent home is within Baltimore, and they wish to live at home and commute to the school.
  3. If a student has a medical condition that would prevent them from living on campus and is approved for accommodations through the Disability Services.
I have special needs regarding my housing, how do I request those?

Requests that are related to medical conditions or disabilities should be submitted through Peabody’s Disability Services Office. Information for this process can be found at

If you have special needs that are not related to a medical condition or disability, please reach out to to discuss your situation further.

What furnishings come in an on-campus bedroom? What size are the mattresses?

All bedrooms in the Residence Halls come furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, and dresser for each resident. Closets or wardrobes are also included and are shared by the residents in the room.

All mattresses are Extra-Long Twin size.

Can I live on-campus as a first-year, graduate student?

Housing for juniors, seniors, and graduate students is very limited, and is provided on a space-available basis after freshman and sophomores have been assigned to rooms. If you are interested in living in on-campus housing, please contact after July 1 to check on availability. We also recommend that students make themselves aware of off-campus housing options, due to the very limited availability of on-campus housing.

If your circumstances are such that you are unable to live off-campus, or if living off-campus would present a significant hardship, then please reach out to ASAP so that we can discuss your needs and options further.

Where can I find information about off-campus housing and local apartments?

If you are an incoming freshman, please note that you are required to live on-campus for your first 4 semesters at Peabody.

Peabody has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, and the Carey School of Business to host an off-campus housing portal, which can be found at This portal offers information about properties within the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods throughout Baltimore, and also includes a roommate search feature which allows you to connect with potential roommates throughout Hopkins.

While you are conducting your apartment search, we would encourage you to look into the offerings at the Stafford apartments, which is next to the campus. Peabody has a formal arrangement with the Stafford to offer off-campus housing to Peabody students and are in regular contact with the buildings management. For these reasons the Stafford is our preferred option for students living off-campus.

Additional information and resources for students living off-campus can be found at and you are always welcome to contact if you have additional questions, or just need help/advice.

What is the deadline to apply for on-campus housing?

Housing applications should be submitted by June 15th.

Starting on June 15th, the Housing Office will begin the process of reviewing applications and matching students with compatible roommates. If you apply for housing after June 15th, or if you do not complete a housing application, then we will still be able to accommodate you in on-campus housing but will have much more limited options regarding roommate assignments.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

The housing application is available on the Peabody website and can be found at

Applications must be completed by June 15th.

This form should only be used by incoming freshmen, or transfer students who are entering Peabody as a freshman or sophomore.

Can I ship my packages and mail to Peabody before I arrive?

Our downtown, urban campus prevents the mailroom from accepting packages prior to your arrival to campus. Students will receive their campus box number during the Overture check-in and can begin receiving mail on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Can I access the residence halls or move into my room early?

Leading up to move-in our Housing and Residence Life team are extremely busy preparing for your arrival. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate early arrivals or grant anyone access to the residence halls prior to move-in. First year, residential students will move-in on Friday, August 21, 2020. The Housing and Residence Life team will send all logistical information (time, parking, etc.) regarding your move to your JHU email account.


Academic Advising and Course Registration

Does Peabody accept advanced placement (AP) credits?

Yes! We accept AP credits in most academic subjects, requirement or elective, if you earned a four or five on the test. However, we do not accept AP Music Theory credits. Our own music theory course offerings will help us determine your level of development to accurately place you in future courses.

Can I transfer credits to Peabody?

Transfer credits are accepted in liberal arts subjects. We do not accept transfer credits for Music Theory. Placement for Music Theory classes is held during audition week and orientation through the Admissions Office.

Can I take classes on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus?

Yes, students are allowed to take classes at the Homewood Campus after their first semester of undergraduate studies.


Student Accounts

How do I activate my JHU account?

Follow the steps found at the following URL: Please note that you will need your JHED to complete this process.

How do I access my email account?

Your Exchange Online (Office 365 E-mail) account can be accessed through the myJH portal found at Hover over ‘Messaging’ in the left navigation and then click ‘Exchange Online’ to access your email through a web browser.

How do I log into my email for the first time?

Please follow instructions at the following URL to set up your JHU email:

How to set up email on a mobile device?

The exact steps required to set up your mobile phone for Exchange ActiveSync may vary, but these generic steps will assist you in setting up your mobile phone for Exchange ActiveSync.

  1. On your mobile phone, launch the Exchange ActiveSync application or the phone’s mail application and choose Exchange ActiveSync or Microsoft Exchange
  2. Enter your email address. or
  3. Leave Domain blank
  4. Enter your for UserName and your JHED Password for password
  5. Tap Next. Your device will try to find the settings it needs to set up your account. If it cannot connect, try entering in the Server Name
  6. Finish setting up your account
How can I have my SIS Account Holds removed?

If there are any additional holds in the Alerts area of the Student Information System (SIS), please address these issues immediately. If you have holds on your account you may not be able to register for classes, add or drop classes, or move in to on-campus Residence Halls. Each hold should have an office and a contact person to reach should you have any further questions.

I have a Health Form Hold on my SIS Account? How can it be removed?

Please follow the three-step process found here. Any questions or concerns regarding Health Forms should contact Stephanie Bryant in the Student Health and Wellness Center at (410) 516-8272 or via email at

I completed Online Orientation, but I still have an Orientation Hold on SIS. When will it be removed?

Orientation Holds will remain on SIS until students arrive on campus. There are a number of in-person orientation sessions students must complete before the hold is lifted.


Placement Auditions

When is my placement audition?

Large Ensemble Placement Auditions will begin on Wednesday, August 26. Assigned dates and times for all students with large ensemble obligations, along with PDF files containing the required orchestral audition excerpts are posted here.