Welcome Program

NEC has a rich tapestry of students, staff, and faculty from around the globe. The goal of this program is to provide a friendly local connection for incoming students as they enter NEC.

The official program will begin in September, and will run through the start of the second semester, though students and volunteers are welcome to stay in contact after the conclusion of the formal program. Participants in the program will be called Hosts and Students. Students and Hosts are encouraged to meet at least twice during the fall semester.

For Hosts:

Welcome Program Overview for Hosts

We ask Hosts to meet their student(s) in-person a minimum of two times during the fall semester, meeting on campus or in public venues such as restaurants, museums, outdoor events and historical sights.

The NEC Enagement team will match Hosts with Students and will notify Hosts via email once a match has been made.

Host Role

  • Email your student soon after receiving the introduction email
  • Be responsive to your student as they reach out
  • Attend Orientation & the Welcome Dinner
  • Meet at least twice during the fall semester
  • Share your wisdom and local knowledge - your own story can supplement what students are learning in the classroom and the studio
  • The Welcome Program is purposely “free form,” meaning students and their hosts can decide, when and how often to meet
  • Hosts are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance

Suggested Activities

  • Visit campus for performances and public events
  • When you are at NEC for concert or other activity, ask your student to meet you before or after for coffee or lunch – even if they are not attending the concert/activities
  • Get your student out of the NEC-centric environment by inviting them to public concerts, museums, exhibits, shows, sporting events or other public activities
  • Treat your student to lunch or dinner at a restaurant that they might not otherwise have a chance to experience on their own
  • Introduce your student to historical sights, outdoor activities, or other unique Boston landmarks that they might not find on their own

Dates to Remember

  • August 24 – Residence Hall Opens
  • August 25 – First Day of Orientation
  • September 4 – First day of classes
  • September 26 – Welcome Program Orientation and Dinner
  • October 14 – Indigenous Peoples Day (school closed)
  • November 27 – December 1 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 13 – Last Day of Classes
  • December 16 – 18 – Final Exams
  • December 19 – Residence Hall Closes
  • December 19 –  January 13 – Winter Break
  • January 16, 2020 – Welcome Program Wrap Dinner

Hosts will be required to have background checks. In addition, all Hosts will be asked to participate in a training conducted by NEC’s Human Resources department. Training will occur the evening of Thursday, September 26, 2019 prior to the Kick Off Dinner.

 

Ready to volunteer?

Apply to be a Host

For Students:

Welcome Program Overview for Students

The NEC Welcome Program will provide new students with the opportunity to connect with an NEC graduate or board member from the Greater Boston community.  The goal of this new program is to provide a friendly, local connection for incoming students upon starting your career at NEC.

If you would like to participate, please complete the application here. The NEC Engagement team will match Hosts with Students and will notify Students via email once a match has been made.

Student Role

  • Email your host soon after receiving the introduction email
  • Be responsive to your host as they reach out
  • Attend the Welcome Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, September 12
  • Invite your host to concerts at NEC – especially your own!
  • Share your traditions and culture – your host wants to learn about you!
  • The Welcome Program is purposely “free form,” meaning students and their hosts can decide, when and how often to meet
  • Hosts are not expected to provide transportation, housing or any financial assistance

Suggested Activities

  • Welcome your host to campus for performances and public events
  • Get out of the NEC-centric environment by going to public concerts, museums, exhibits, shows, sporting events or other public activities with your hosts
  • Explore historical sights, outdoor activities, or other unique Boston landmarks with your host

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, September 27, 2019 – Welcome Program Kick Off Dinner
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020– Welcome Program Wrap Dinner
 

Ready to be matched with a host?

Application for Students

Questions?

Please contact Shannon Cuff at 617-585-1726 or shannon.cuff@necmusic.edu with any questions, or if you would like additional information.