Fall 2021 New Student Orientation Information

Who Should Attend? 

All new Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee undergraduate students (domestic and international) who are starting in the fall 2021 semester should attend. Additionally, any student who began their studies at Berklee in 2020 or 2021 should attend and participate in a modified orientation program. 


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Prearrival Onboarding Tasks

New students must make sure to check their Next Steps portal page to complete all prelaunch tasks (College students, Conservatory students). In order to check in for the semester and start your classes, students will need to complete each of these tasks. Many of these can be completed now, but if any issues arise, we will have team members available to assist later this summer. 

New Student and Family Webinars

We hosted a three-webinar series for new students and family members to assist with preparation for new student orientation and arrival to Boston. The webinar recordings are posted below. 

Berklee Resource Guide

Our Resource Guide for new students is live. This comprehensive guide will help students learn about Berklee resources and services to support them as they get settled at the institution.

Cadence Orientation App

On Monday, August 16, new students will receive an email from Cadence with a link to download the Berklee Orientation app. Students should make sure to download the app in order to access the full schedule for orientation and welcome week. The app allows students to:

  • start connecting with other new students before arrival on campus; 
  • review Berklee resources;
  • capture moments on the live feed; and
  • compete in fun competitions to win prizes. 

The app is available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Berklee 101 Course

Additionally, new students will receive access to the Berklee 101 course on August 20. Through the course’s videos and discussion boards, students will learn more about Berklee and continue connecting with peers. Before gaining access to the course, we recommend that students start getting familiar with Berklee by exploring the Resource Guide and the Cadence orientation app. 

Audition Prep

All entering students are required to complete a placement audition and assessment during orientation week. We know that auditions can be stressful in the best of times, so make sure you are prepared for your audition and know how to sign up for an audition time. Learn about placement auditions and assessments


Interested in connecting with other new Berklee students this summer? Join the Berklee College of Music Admitted Students Facebook group or the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Fall 2021 Entering Class group. Also, follow the Center for Campus Life on Instagram to learn about upcoming events and activities. 

Zoom Office Assistance Support

To prepare for your arrival to Boston, we are offering Zoom office hours to help you accomplish tasks in advance. Supported areas include immunization, the school-sponsored health insurance program, the registrar, student accounts, financial aid, and admissions.

Please note that all times are listed in Eastern standard time. 


Orientation and Welcome Week: Kick-off on August 30

If you are living on campus, you will move in on Saturday, August 28. Your residence hall, assigned roommate(s), and move-in time will be sent by Housing at the end of July to your Berklee email address. When you arrive to campus, you'll have opportunities to meet other new Berklee students and get settled in Boston. Don't worry, there will be something for everyone. We will have a series of large and small events and activities for those who are extroverted as well as for those who prefer smaller events. All new students will be placed in a cohort with about 15–20 other new Berklee students, and you'll meet daily during orientation. 

International students will arrive on Saturday, August 28 and take part in an international student services program on Sunday, August 29 before joining and participating in the full orientation program beginning on Monday, August 30.

Orientation Schedule

Listed below are the orientation schedules for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In mid-August, you will be sent an invitation for our orientation application called Cadence, where you can view a detailed schedule with event descriptions and locations.

Please note that these schedules are subject to change. 

Welcome Week Schedule

This schedule is the same for both College and Conservatory students. Welcome Week begins on Wednesday, September 1 for returning/continuing students who already participated in orientation previously. Register to participate so you receive access to the Cadence app with the full schedule and locations. 

My First Berklee Project

My First Berklee Project (MFBP) is your first creative endeavor as a new Berklee student. It's an optional collaborative performance project launched within your incoming class during orientation week. If you are interested in creating art with some of your new peers right away, this project is for you. Sign-ups close August 30, and projects are due September 8. The watch party is on September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Berklee Performance Center. More information and the sign-up form can be found here.

If you have questions about orientation, email the New Student and Family Programs team at nsfp@berklee.edu.