Fall Entering Student Orientation

Sunday, August 30, 2015–Saturday, September 5, 2015

Please refer to the information below for details about fall 2015 orientation.

Before You Arrive

Before you arrive on campus, complete all necessary administrative requirements, including submission of your tuition payment, immunization records, high school transcripts, and health waivers.

To check the status of your administrative requirements:

  • Log in to berklee.edu using the ID and password sent to you by Admissions.
  • Select "Campus Tools," then "My Berklee" from the menu at the top right.
  • Log in to MyBerklee, then select "Students" on the right.
  • Select "Online Check-In Requirements" from the Check-In menu.

Any outstanding check-in requirments will be listed there. It is important to complete all of these requirements before you arrive. You will not be able to check in, receive your laptop, or receive your course schedule until you have submitted all of your administrative requirements.

Please note that entering students cannot check in online. Entering students must check in on campus when they arrive for orientation. For more information on steps you need to complete prior to check-in, visit the Accepted Students page.

When You Arrive

On-Campus Residents
Move-in begins on Sunday, August 30. Students living on campus will receive information regarding their assigned residence halls and their move-in schedules from the Housing Department. If you have questions about housing policies or the move-in process, visit the housing page or contact the Housing Office.

Off-Campus Residents
Students living off campus should proceed directly to check-in at the Student Activities Center.

Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule

Orientation week is full of both informative and fun events and activities to help you learn about Berklee, get to know Boston, and meet other new Berklee students. The fall 2015 orientation schedule will contain a full week of activities, including:

Refer to the schedule below for an overview of the orientation week activities. Please note that this schedule is not all-inclusive, but does include many of the required and/or strongly encouraged orientation events taking place throughout the week. When you arrive on campus on August 30, you will receive a detailed orientation schedule with additional events and activities.

Sunday, August 30  
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Check-In
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Sidewalk Celebration

4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Same presentation and performance at both times. Choose a time that fits your schedule.
Monday, August 31  
  Parent Orientation
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Check-In
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Peer Advising Meeting and Informational Sessions
9:00 p.m. Housing Meeting
Tuesday, September 1  
Various Entering Student Proficienct Assessment and Placement Auditions
Students will receive individual appointment times via email.
2:00 p.m. English Language Assessmnet
Required for all non-native English speakers.
7:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night
Wednesday, September 2  
Various Entering Student Proficienct Assessment and Placement Auditions
Students will receive individual appointment times via email.
1:00 p.m. Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint Optional Exam
Advance sign-up is required.
4:00 p.m. Music Production Apps Showcase
6:00 p.m. Peer Advising Meeting
7:00 p.m. Jam Sessions and Open Mic Night
Thursday, September 3  
10:00 a.m. International Student Meeting
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Informational Orientation Sessions
5:00 p.m. Multicultural Block Party
7:00 p.m. Multicultural Welcome Concert featuring the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble
Friday, September 4  
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Welcome Back BBQ and Clubs Expo
2:30 p.m. Course Schedule Distribution
3:00 p.m. Schedule Completion
5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Hookup
Attendance is mandatory for all entering students. Peer advisors will notify their groups of which session to attend.

Saturday, September 5  
11:00 a.m. Women's Welcome Reception

For more information about orientation, visit the Orientation FAQ.

Questions? Contact Berklee Orientation or call Student Activities at 617 747-2560.

Accessibility and Accommodation

Photo by Phil FarnsworthWe are committed to welcoming and accommodating all entering students and their families at our check-in and orientation activities. Participants who need assistance or accommodations to fully experience the week's events are encouraged to contact the Counseling and Advising Center and the Student Activities Center well in advance, as some accommodations take time to implement. In consultation with the Counseling and Advising Center, we will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations.


Administrative Offices

The following offices will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Office of Admissions
921 Boylston Street, Suite 600
617 747-2221

Office of Scholarships and Student Employment
921 Boylston Street, Suite 622
617 747-8681

Office of Financial Aid
921 Boylston Street, Suite 220
617 747-2274

Office of the Bursar
921 Boylston Street, Suite 240
617 747-2610

Office of the Registrar
921 Boylston Street, Suite 120
617 747-2240

For further information…

Visit the Orientation FAQ.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at orientation@berklee.edu.