Please click on a question below for answers to frequently asked questions about orientation at Berklee's Boston campus.
What are the dates of orientation?
When I arrive on campus for orientation, what should I do first?
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.
What do I need to bring to check-in?
Prior to your arrival on campus you will receive a check-in email at your Berklee email address. Please print this check-in email and bring it with you to your designated check-in location, as it contains critical information that will help you throughout orientation week.
If you are an international student, you should be prepared to present your I-20, passport, form I-94, and visa.
We recommend that you bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to take notes or write down questions throughout the week.
I will be arriving late to orientation. Who should I notify?
Although we encourage you to plan to arrive on the first day of orientation for check-in, 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.
What is the orientation week schedule going to be like?
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:
When will I receive my course schedule?
At the end of orientation week, you will receive your course schedule during a meeting with your peer advisor. You will receive this meeting time and location information when you check in.
How can I review the policies for my liberal arts transfer credits before I check in?
When can I pick up my laptop and required software package?
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 at the Student Activities Center, 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 you will be cleared when you check in, you can check your status ahead of time on my.berklee.edu.
When do I purchase books?
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.
Are practice rooms open during orientation week?
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.
Where can I ship my belongings prior to classes beginning?
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 College 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.
If I or my parent/guardian/guest require special assistance due to a medical, physical, or disability-related reason, will Berklee be able to provide the necessary assistance?
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 Student Activities Center well in advance, and together we will do our best to provide you with the appropriate assistance.
Where do I stay during orientation?
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.
Is there parking during orientation week?
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.
What orientation week events are planned for parents, guardians, and guests?
On the first day of orientation we will be providing parents/guardians/guests with a complete list of sessions that are intended to cater to the needs, concerns, and interests of parents/guardians. Among the events scheduled, parents, guardians, and guests are specifically encouraged to attend Convocation, Parent and Family Orientation, and the Parents of Students with Disabilities session.
Please visit the Family Orientation page for more specific date and time information.
Where can parents, guardians, and guests stay during orientation?
Because many area colleges and universities will be starting at the same time, we recommend that parents, guardians, and guests 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.
Can siblings attend orientation events?
We recommend that any siblings accompanying parents, guardians, and guests only attend parent/guardian/guest 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.