In addition to student orientation events, Berklee also offers sessions and activities for family members. You'll have an opportunity to experience Berklee through the perspective of a student, to discover resources available to your student, and to learn how you can support your student through this transition.
Fall 2018 Family Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, to Sunday, September 2, 2018.
The schedule will be distributed at check-in on Saturday, September 1. A printable version of the schedule will be available for download two weeks prior to Family Orientation beginning.
Family Orientation is intended for parents, guardians, and other individuals who incoming new students consider to be family or meaningful systems of support. While the majority of Family Orientation is combined, there may be separate sessions for family members of students at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music.
Family Orientation is a two-day program. Events for the fall orientation will begin on Saturday, September 1, after move-in and end following Convocation on the evening of Sunday, September 2.
Family Orientation is optional; however, we strongly encourage parents and families to attend if possible. For families who are unable to attend, we offer Family Weekend as another opportunity to visit your student at Berklee during October.
You and your family will attend Family Orientation sessions while your student attends New Student Orientation sessions. While the two programs are separate, there may be some overlapping orientation events that include your student.
Families who participate in Family Orientation will have the opportunity to learn about Berklee from the people who are here to support your student. Families will learn about the student experience, the resources available to your student, and how you can best support your student in having a safe, healthy transition to life as a student at Berklee.
No. There is no on-campus parking at Berklee. During orientation, we recommend you use public transportation whenever possible. If you're driving, we suggest you use one of the many designated public parking garages throughout the Back Bay area or park at a meter near campus.
Because many area colleges and universities start at the same time, we recommend that families choosing to stay overnight in Boston make arrangements for accommodations well in advance of the first day of orientation week. There are a number of options for accommodations near the campus.
We recommend that siblings accompanying parents, guardians, and guests attend only family events. We leave this decision to the families. Because our programming is geared toward guests with a guardian relationship to the entering student, siblings may feel out of place, but are certainly more than welcome to attend.
We are committed to welcoming and accommodating all entering students and their guests at our orientation week activities. Because some accommodations take time to implement, participants who require special assistance in order to fully experience the week's events are encouraged to contact the Counseling and Advising Center and the Office of New Student and Family Programs well in advance, and we will do our best to provide the appropriate assistance.