All new students are required to attend Orientation, a week-long program designed to introduce you to the Boston Conservatory community. The Orientation team will introduce you to many valuable resources that will enhance your ability to succeed both academically and personally at the Conservatory.
New Student Orientation Dates
- International Student Pre-Arrival: Thursday, August 24–Friday, August 25
- Domestic Student Orientation: Saturday, August 26–Saturday, September 2
NOTE: International students must attend both domestic and international orientations.
- Family Orientation: Saturday, August 26–Sunday, August 27
- Graduate International Student Pre-Arrival: Monday, August 28
- Graduate Domestic Student Orientation: August 29–September 2
NOTE: International graduate students must attend both domestic and international graduate orientations.
During Orientation, you will:
- Meet with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the Conservatory's services, programs, and policies
- Meet with your academic advisor
- Register for classes
- Take any necessary placement exams
- Audition for fall productions and ensembles
- Discuss the requirements of your program and division
- Learn about life on campus and in Boston
- Meet your fellow students at various social events
Fall 2017 Orientation Schedule
Orientation week is full of informative and fun events and activities to help you learn about Berklee, get to know Boston, and meet other new Berklee students. View the fall 2017 orientation schedule.
When You Arrive
Move-in takes place Saturday, August 26 for all domestic undergraduate and graduate students. You will have received a move-in time block via email. International students arriving for international orientation will move into their assigned space on Thursday, August 24. Students living on campus will receive information regarding their assigned move-in day and time as well as their assigned residence hall from the Housing Department. If you have questions about housing policies or the move-in process, visit Housing and Residential Life and read their FAQ. For further questions, email the Housing Office.
Check-in is Saturday, August 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. located at Houston Hall in 8 Fenway. All entering students are required to attend check-in to ensure completion of all necessary administrative requirements. This includes tuition payments, immunization records, high school transcripts, and all health waivers.
After students check in, they will proceed to 1140 Boylston Street to pick up their orientation schedule, audition packet, and meet their orientation leader. Families will also pick their schedule and welcome items at this event. Please make sure you attend this event to receive all necessary materials for orientation week.
Students living off campus should proceed directly to the check-in location between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. located at Houston Hall in 8 Fenway.
Parking on Move-In Day
On move-in day, parents can park temporarily in front of the residence halls to unload their cars. Orientation leaders will be available and eager to help unload your car and carry your belongs up to your room. After unloading the car, you MUST be prepared to move your vehicle off campus. Boston Conservatory at Berklee does not have guest parking, and those violating the Boston parking regulations could be ticketed and towed.
- Personal hygiene articles: soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
- Bathroom caddy
- Bathroom flip flops
- FAN: Dorm rooms do not have air conditioning
- Extra-long twin-size bed sheets; pillow and blankets
- Laundry basket
- Laundry detergent
- Alarm clock
- Trash can/trash bags
- Desk lamp
- Message board for your door
- Cell phone—there are no phone jacks in the residence halls
- Storage containers for under the bed (to hold extra clothes, shoes, food, miscellaneous items)
- Extension cords and surge protectors
- Cable TV extension cord
- A light coat or sweatshirt for those first few chilly fall evenings
- Your own "medicine cabinet": any prescription medications you take, plus OTC pain reliever and cold medication, band aids, and a thermometer; you may also want to bring a small first-aid kit
Keep at Home
- Any cooking items: coffee makers, microwave ovens, electric frying pans, hot plates, immersion coils, toasters, popcorn poppers, grills, space heaters, and any other heating or cooking appliances
- Halogen lamps
- Air conditioners
- Pets (except guide dogs)
- Expensive jewelry and valuables