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Backstage is Peabody’s New Student Orientation program focused on facilitating a smooth and successful transition for all first-year undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students.

This program is uniquely designed to introduce our newest students and their families to meaningful resources and opportunities within the Peabody, Johns Hopkins, and Baltimore communities. Students should be prepared to attend mandatory educational sessions, complete placement testing, register for classes, and begin building personal and professional connections.

2020 Orientation Dates

Attendance is required for all first year undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students. This includes current Peabody students who are enrolling in a new degree program.

Our 2020 orientation program will take place Friday, August 21-Saturday, August 29.

Orientation Objectives

Excellence: Develop a cohesive understanding of the university’s mission, values, and scholarship.

Interdisciplinary: Introduce university resources and services designed to support students in achieving excellence academically, personally, and professionally at Peabody and beyond.

Innovation: Define concrete and attainable goals to inspire students to become leaders within the conservatory as well as their local and global communities.

Community Connectivity: Build a network of faculty, staff, and peers to provide support and mentorship, while challenging students to grow academically, personally, and professionally.

Educational Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop a cohesive understanding of the university’s honor code, the conservatory’s academic expectations, and their degree requirements.
  • Students will be introduced to campus and university resources that emphasize their holistic development as they define attainable goals and strive to achieve excellence.
  • Students will begin to build a network of faculty, staff, advisors, and peers who challenge and mentor each student to grow academically and as leaders within their communities.
  • Students will understand the course registration process and successfully enroll in academic courses for the fall semester.

Backstage Online

Prior to arriving to campus, students are required to complete a series of assimilation steps and educational modules. The online orientation portal provides incoming students with detailed instructions and information to complete each requisite.

A comprehensive list of the next steps and online sessions will be available on June 1 and must be completed by July 31. Please understand some assignments are due prior to July 31 and may require action to be taken by outside entities.

To access the Backstage Online portal, click here.

Family Orientation

Parents and guardians of first year, undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in our family orientation program. This 2 1/2 day program will introduce attendees to valuable campus resources and ways to support your student throughout their time at Peabody.

Students should register their guests through the Backstage Online portal by July 31.