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Of Note: Orientation Blog

Eric Ramsey, Senior Assistant Dean of the College and Director of the Collis Center

Eric Ramsey, Director of New Student Orientation

Welcome to Of Note. Here you'll find notes, advice and recommendations from Eric Ramsey, Director of New Student Orientation. We hope that you'll find these posts interesting, informative, and helpful as you prepare to arrive on campus in the fall.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions and check back regularly for more!

Post Two | July 13, 2017

Welcome to July!

Dartmouth is buzzing with preparations for your arrival this fall; we are very excited about what we have in store for you. The folks in the Office of Student Life — along with colleagues across campus — are organizing opportunities for you to experience the breadth of Dartmouth's offerings, always with the goal of ensuring your successful transition into the Dartmouth College community.

Speaking of which: your Shared Academic Experience, with Professor of African and African American Studies Jesse Weaver Shipley, is about to begin. We have mailed A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe to your home addresses. Please see the Shared Academic Experience website, and jump right in!

Our journey together will begin in earnest when you arrive. As that day approaches, we are spending a great deal of time thinking about you: where you come from, your unique and diverse backgrounds, and the amazing perspectives you'll bring with you to Dartmouth. Learning about academics at Dartmouth and electing Fall Term classes will be your highest priority during Orientation. However, we are also thinking a lot about what we want to share with you about living here — not only all the amazing aspects of our "College on the Hill," but also all the things you need to know to fully participate in our community and feel connected at Dartmouth. This is no easy task, and none of us takes this responsibility lightly. We all care very deeply about you and will work tirelessly to ensure that you have every opportunity to shine in your time at the College.

With that commitment to your successful transition in mind, I will continue to write to you in the weeks leading up to Orientation. Be sure to bookmark this page; I will post little pieces of advice or recommendations that resonate with me personally. Sometimes the posting will be something that is on my mind; other times it may be an update on Orientation. Mostly, the Office of Student Life and I want to put a face to the communication you receive and help guide your introduction to Dartmouth.

To help me formulate my blog, I want to extend an invitation to you: ENGAGE. Let me know what you're thinking and feeling. Share your hopes and dreams, and your fears and questions — especially your questions. You may find that your questions shape a future posting.

Watch for more communication from me next week. In the meantime please reach out to me with anything that might be on your mind. My personal email address is I'm looking forward to hearing from you, and I will see you soon.


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Post One | May 18, 2017

Hello incoming students!

Let me first introduce myself: I'm Eric Ramsey, and while I wear a few different hats at Dartmouth, right now you'll know me as the Director of New Student Orientation.

Your official Dartmouth “new student” communication has begun! I hope you have claimed your account and started working on the Pre-Arrival Instructions and Checklist via BannerStudent.

Here in Student Life, we are about to go silent for a few weeks. We’ll be as busy as you: while you are finishing your academic year, we are graduating Dartmouth’s great Class of 2017 – and then we will all catch our breath!

We’ll talk to you again in July. Until then, we wish you the best possible conclusion to your secondary school careers and some well-deserved rest and celebration.


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Last Updated: 7/14/17