Please click on a question below for answers to frequently asked questions about orientation at Berklee's Boston campus.
Spring 2017 orientation: January 17–21
Summer 2017 orientation: May 23–26
Fall 2017 orientation:
- International student pre-arrival: August 24–25
- New student orientation: August 26–September 2
If you are living on campus, your first stop will be your assigned residence hall. The Housing Department will email those of you living on campus your assigned move-in day and time as well as your assigned residence hall. The email will be sent to your berklee.edu email address. Once you are moved in, you will need to check in.
Your check-in time and location will depend on the semester (fall, spring, or summer) that you will be starting at Berklee, so visit one of these pages for information specific to your semester of entry:
- I'm starting at Berklee in the fall semester.
- I'm starting at Berklee in the spring semester.
- I'm starting at Berklee in the summer semester.
Prior to your arrival on campus you will receive a check-in email at your Berklee email address.
If you are an international student, you should be prepared to present your I-20, passport, form I-94, and visa.
Orientation is mandatory. We highly encourage you to plan to arrive on the first day of orientation for check-in, but we understand that sometimes this is not possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the steps you will need to take if you check in late.
When you check in, you will receive a printed schedule of the week's events, and we encourage you to participate in as many planned events as possible. In addition to placement exams and auditions, the week is filled with opportunities to interact with faculty, learn about Berklee programs and services, and connect with fellow entering students. Please visit one of these pages for schedule information specific to your semester of entry:
At the end of orientation week, you will receive your course schedule during a meeting with your academic advisor.
You are required to purchase the Entering Student Software Package from the college, which will provide you with the tools you need to succeed in your Berklee coursework and in your career. Because this suite is offered as a package, you must purchase the full package even if you already own some of the software included in it; for this reason, please refrain from purchasing music software in anticipation of attending Berklee.
In addition to the required software, you may also purchase a laptop and audio interface through Berklee or purchase these on your own (if the latter, please be sure that your laptop and audio interface meets or exceeds the college's requirements).
After you have checked in, you will receive more information about where and when to pick up your laptop, audio interface, and software package. More information on this process is available here.
Note that, if you have a hold on your student account, you will have to take action to have the hold cleared before you are able to pick up your laptop, audio interface, and software. To ensure that you will be cleared when you check in, you can check your status ahead of time on my.berklee.edu.
After you receive your course schedule at the end of orientation week, you can bring your schedule to the Berklee Bookstore, located at 1090 Boylston Street. To easily find your books, match the bookstore's course call numbers with the numbers on your schedule.
Yes. Information on locations, hours of operation, and rules and procedures for using practice rooms is available here. To access practice facilities, visit the front desk at that specific location and show your student ID.
To ensure that any belongings you are shipping to the college arrive in time for school, please use the on-campus address we provide you. You will receive this information via email prior to your arrival on campus. Please note: Berklee mail services are primarily for on-campus residents. Students living off campus should have all mail and packages sent to the appropriate off-campus address.
On-campus resident students, please use this format for all letters, packages, and express shipments:
Entering Student/Box Number
Berklee College of Music
168 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-3693
Please arrange for shipments to arrive anytime within three days of check-in. Berklee mail services will receive and store all packages at 1108 Boylston Street so that you can pick them up once you arrive on campus.
When you arrive on campus, visit the mailroom at 1108 Boylston Street to pick up your packages as well as to receive your personal mailbox number and combination. Student mailboxes are located in the dormitories, and mail is delivered every day.
We are committed to welcoming and accommodating all entering students and their guests at our orientation week activities. As some accommodations take time to implement, participants who require special assistance in order to fully experience the week's events are encouraged to contact both 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 you with the appropriate assistance.
For on-campus students, residence halls will open on the first day of orientation week. If you will be living off campus and will not be ready to move into your apartment or house, please refer to our temporary housing information for locations to stay in the area of Berklee's Boston campus.
No. There is no on-campus parking at Berklee College of Music. During orientation, we recommend you use public transportation whenever possible. If you are driving, we suggest you use one of the many designated public parking garages throughout the Back Bay area or plan to park at a meter near campus.
On the first day of orientation we will be providing parents and families with a complete list of sessions that are intended to cater to the needs, concerns, and interests of parents and families. Among the events scheduled, parents, guardians, and guests are specifically encouraged to attend Convocation and Parent and Family Orientation.
Please visit the Family Orientation page for more specific date and time information.
Because many area colleges and universities will be starting 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 in the area of Berklee's Boston campus.
We recommend that any siblings accompanying parents, guardians, and guests only attend family events. We leave this decision to the families since our programming is geared toward guests with a guardian relationship to the entering student, and siblings may feel out of place, but they are certainly more than welcome to attend.