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. 

Prearrival Onboarding Tasks

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

 Upcoming New Student and Family Webinar

We will be hosting a webinar for new students and family members on Thursday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET as you and your family prepare for new student orientation and arrival to Berklee. We look forward to having you join us virtually. Information on how to join the webinar will be sent from Admissions and posted here in advance.

 Berklee 101 Course

This is your first step as a Berklee student. We built a course to teach you everything you need to know about being a College or Conservatory students. Many of the videos are pre-recorded, and the course consists of discussion boards, reflection prompts, quizzes, and more. This self-paced course will be available in early August, and we will share more information soon. All students should complete the course prior to arriving to campus for orientation week. 

 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 Campus Life team on Instagram to learn about upcoming events and activities. 

Orientation Week of Welcome: Kick-off on August 30

If you are living on campus, you will move in on either Saturday, August 28 or Sunday, August 29. Your exact date and time will be sent by Housing on July 27. 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 participate in an international student services program on Sunday, August 29 before joining and participating in the full orientation program beginning Monday, August 30.

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