Family Orientation

Welcome families, parents, guardians, and friends of Berklee students! Here at Berklee, orientation is not just for students. We have many activities planned for Tuesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Find the schedule of family and parent programs below, and please let us know which events you plan on attending here:

Register for family orientation.

*You will receive a physical schedule of sessions and locations when you arrive to campus to check-in with your student.*

Tuesday, January 17, 2017



9:00 a.m.
–12:00 p.m. 

St. Cecilia's Church, 18 Belvidere Street (Enter through the entrance located on St. Cecilia Street.) 

Intro to Academics at Berklee 

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. 

Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue)

Learn about a typical first semester class schedule. This session will include an overview of the core music curriculcum, academic advising, liberal arts, and the Ensemble Department. 

Resource Fair

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Representatives from campus offices and departments that support Berklee students will be available to answer any questions.


4:00 p.m.  

Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue)

Join us to welcome Berklee's newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students, alumni, and notable administrators. This event is free for students and families. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017



8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. 

St. Cecilia's Church

Campus Tours

9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. 

Leaving from St. Cecilia's Church

Find out firsthand what it's like to be a Berklee student. Tour the campus to see the classrooms and facilities where you will be learning, and hear more about Berklee’s diverse programs and majors. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

Student Affairs and Families Collaborating for Success 

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m. 

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

Come learn about the college from the people who are here to support your student. A panel of representatives from Student Affairs will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Inside Scoop: Student Question and Answer Panel

10:45 a.m.
–11:30 a.m.

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

This student panel will feature current international and domestic students speaking about their personal experiences at Berklee.


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

160 Massachusetts Avenue Cafeteria

Transitioning to Berklee: A Session for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

160 Massachusetts Avenue, Eisenson Room 

Bob Mulvey, director for disability/special services, and Gabe Roses, assistant director for disability services/special programs, will discuss services for students with documented disabilities, documentation guidelines, student responsibilities in the identification and request process, changes in disability law from high school to college, and the accommodation process. 

Supporting Your Student's Health and Wellbeing: Essential Information for Berklee Parents and Families

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. 

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

Join the Berklee Student Health and Wellness team for an informational session on how you can support your student in having a healthy and safe transition to life at Berklee. The session will include discussion on accessing our on-campus resources including counseling services; our off-campus medical resources with our community partner, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; and navigating health insurance. The Student Health and Wellness staff will also present an overview on the educational programs we offer in support of your student's overall wellbeing. 

Health and Wellness Reception

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. 

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

Join the Student Health and Wellness staff for a meet and greet following the session. 

Roots and Wings: Moving from Parent to Partner and Coach, and Family Send-off

3:00 p.m.
– 4:00 p.m. 

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

At this session, we will discuss strategies on how to provide sound and appropriate guidance regarding your student’s personal, educational, and career goals. Being a parent or guardian of a college student is a journey of strength, stamina, and courage. Please join us for this conversation with Christopher Kandus-Fisher, vice president of student affairs, diversity and inclusion/chief equity officer.