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Information for Parents and Families

We look forward to welcoming Class of 2019 families to Dartmouth!

Dartmouth College partners with parents, guardians, and families to help students succeed. 

Events for parents and families on Wednesday, September 9 are not mandatory or required. We know that not all families can be present on Wednesday for Orientation Check-In and Key Pick-Up; indeed, many students will be here without parents or families. Below you will find a brief outline of what you can expect, should you be able to join us.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sustainable Moving Sale (Gold Coast Lawn)

Reduce your environmental footprint and buy used residence hall essentials at this one-day move-in sale. 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Orientation Check-In and Key Pick-Up at Residence Halls

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Parent and Family Open House (Collis Center)

Visit the "Parent Lounge" for coffee, meet several campus departments, and ask questions about some aspects of the Dartmouth experience.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Academic Support Services Open House (Carson Hall, Suite 125)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Family and Student Lunch (Class of 1953 Commons)

Everyone is welcome to a casual, ongoing lunch at the Class of 1953 Commons. There is no charge for lunch.  
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Parent and Family Welcome (Leede Arena, Berry Sports Center)

Join President Hanlon and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ameer for remarks of welcome.  
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Information EXPO (Leverone Field House)

Representatives from programs, services, and organizations from all over campus and the local area will be on hand to meet you and talk about opportunities for your student.
4:00 pm

Time to say goodbye and wish students well!

Collectively, they are the great Class of 2019 and it is time for them to jump into the busy New Student Orientation schedule. Enjoy your day on campus and come back to visit — parents and families are always welcome.

IMPORTANT: Additional Information about Wednesday, September 9

  • Your student might want to take a Placement Exam at the Placement Exam Center, which is open between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Information about Placement Exams can be found at the Local Placement Exams link to the left. 
  • Your student will also likely need to participate in a Technology Set-Up and Services session, which is required of all students. In September, the schedule for those sessions will be posted on the New Student Orientation webpage.

Parent, Guardian, and Family Connections

Please visit the link above for additional family information from the Undergraduate Deans Office.


We don't make any official lodging recommendations; however, if you do choose to accompany your incoming student to campus, you can check Dartmouth's Local Hotel Booking Site for information on available rooms.

First-Year Family Weekend

There is no official family weekend in the Fall term. First-Year Family Weekend for the Class of 2019 will be Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016. Please visit the Collis Center for Student Involvement's Family Weekends website for more information.



Last Updated: 9/6/15