Incoming Student Calendar 2013
Welcome Class of 2017! We're busy getting ready to welcome you to Dartmouth this fall. Check out this page in June 2013 for updated registration information!
First-Year Trips is divided into 10 sections, with staggered overlapping dates (section A starts on Monday, section B starts on Tuesday, etc.).
Each section is five days long:
Registration materials for DOC Trips will be distributed via e-mail in June 2013. On the registration form, you will indicate your availability and activity preferences. We will notify you with your trip assignment and section (start date) in July 2013.
In order to accommodate your preferences and interests, we strongly suggest that you please wait to make final travel plans until you receive your trip assignment in July.
Here are the dates of the 10 sections this year:
 Sections primarily for incoming students living in the northeast U.S. — most participants will return home after their trip, then return to campus for orientation.
 Sections for non-local incoming students — participants can leave their belongings in their dorm rooms and move in when their trip returns.
Other Pre-Orientation Programs
Students participating in other pre-orientation activities/programs are eligible and encouraged to participate in DOC Trips. Please contact us if you have any questions about both going on a DOC Trip and participating in another pre-orientation program.
If you are planning to participate in the International Student Orientation program, we will assign you to a DOC Trip on section D or E (which begin August 29 and August 30). This will ensure that you are back on campus by September 3 for the start of International Student Orientation. Please visit the international student programs website for more information regarding airport pick-up services and the international orientation program schedule.
International students may request to arrive the day before their trip begins, if necessary. You must contact the Undergraduate Housing Office if you plan to arrive the day before your trip section begins.
Transfer & Exchange Students
All transfer and exchange students, including Thayer exchange students, are are eligible and encouraged to register for a DOC First-Year Trip. In an effort to connect you with other transfer and exchange students, as well as other undergraduates, we will make every effort to assign you to a DOC Trip on section H (which begins September 3).
Native American Orientation Participants
If you are planning to participate in the Native American Orientation program, we will assign you to a DOC Trip on section F or G (which begin September 1 or September 2). This will ensure that you are back on campus by the start of the Native American Orientation program. Please visit the Native American Program website for more information.
If you are planning to participate in the First-Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP), we will assign you to a DOC Trip on section D and E (which begin August 29 and August 30). This will ensure that you are back on campus by the start of the FYSEP program. Please contact the New Student Orientation team for more information about the FYSEP program.
Monday, September 2, is Labor Day, a national holiday in the U.S. — please plan extra time for traveling during Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on September 4th and ends September 6th.
Fall term classes start on September 16.