Greetings Class of 2027:

We can’t wait to welcome you to campus and support your transition to our community – to YOUR community!

We have been working with many campus colleagues on our New Student Orientation schedule and will share more information on what to expect later this spring.

In the meantime, we are excited to share the following arrival/move-in information – please read carefully and be in touch with questions!

Continue to watch this webpage for updates. We look forward to meeting you, and please do not hesitate to reach out to us at if you have any questions.

Kathleen Cunneen
Director, New Student Programs
Eric L. Ramsey
Associate Dean for Student Life

Arrival / Move-In Date Determination

Please pay close attention as your arrival date depends on the programs to which you are invited or in which you choose to participate.

  • Students participating in a pre-Orientation program will receive information regarding their arrival date directly from their program. Please make travel arrangements based on the confirmation and instructions from your pre-Orientation program or summer session.
  • Fall sport pre-season athletes will receive arrival dates directly from their coaches.
  • All other incoming students who choose to engage in First-Year Trips as part of New Student Orientation will arrive and move into their residence hall on Wednesday, August 30.
  • Incoming students who choose to not participate in First-Year Trips will arrive and move into their residence hall on Sunday, September 3.

New Student Orientation Arrival graphic

Arrival / Move-In Details

Unless you are participating in a pre-Orientation program or are a fall sport pre-season athlete, the date you will arrive on campus depends on whether you choose to participate in the First-Year Trips Program.

Wednesday, August 30

All other incoming students who choose to engage with First-Year Trips as part of New Student Orientation should arrive on Wednesday, August 30 to move into your residence hall. You will receive more details later, but you should be settled and ready to begin New Student Orientation by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 30.

  • Families and supporters who travel with their student should plan to leave campus by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30. Students will be remarkably busy with and immersed in New Student Orientation programming and First-Year Trips until the first day of classes.
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, students will begin New Student Orientation - including First-Year Trips; small group, peer-led experiences with Orientation Leaders; and Orientation programming.

Sunday, September 3

Incoming students who choose to not participate in First-Year Trips should arrive and move into their residence hall on Sunday, September 3 by 5:00 p.m. ET to join other students in New Student Orientation programs and small group, peer-led experiences.

  • Families and supporters who travel with their student on Sunday, September 3 should plan to leave campus that day by 5:00 p.m. Students will be busy with and immersed in New Student Orientation programming until the first day of classes.


  • Arrival details for fall sport pre-season athletes and those participating in pre-Orientation programs will be communicated directly by those programs.
    • Do not arrange your transportation to campus until you hear from your coach or pre-Orientation program!
  • First-Year Trips registration materials will arrive via email in mid- to late June.

Further Information (what is coming next!)


  • Complete any AP/IB/A-Level exams if offered and appropriate to your level of study.
  • Finish high school or secondary school.
  • Celebrate all you’ve accomplished!
  • International students: watch for emails from Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) to begin the I-20 request process.

Mid- to late May

  • You will be invited to set-up your Dartmouth account and email. Watch for that email message! This will begin your pre-arrival process.
  • You will also be invited to begin your Residential Life Housing Star Portal (application).
  • We’ll share more details about what to expect during New Student Orientation.


  • You can expect First-Year Trips registration materials to arrive via email. Registration involves thinking about what types of First-Year Trip experiences appeal to you, sharing any access and health needs important for Trips to know, and reflecting on what will support your First-Year Trips experience.

More About First-Year Trips

  • All incoming first-year students will be invited to engage with the First-Year Trips Program, which offers a diverse array of small-group, peer-led overnight experiences in the spaces and places within and surrounding Dartmouth’s campus.
    • Although participation in First-Year Trips is optional, we do encourage you to consider the many experiences available – designed to accommodate your needs, concerns, and curiosities!
  • A program within the Outdoor Programs Office, First-Year Trips is committed to working with all students to accommodate their needs so that they feel confident and comfortable participating in the program; you do not need any prior experience or gear to engage with First-Year Trips.
    • We encourage all students to participate but know that ultimately some students may choose not to participate or be unable to participate in First-Year Trips. That’s totally okay! If that’s the case, pay attention to the arrival date for those not participating in First-Year Trips.
  • Find further information about First-Year Trips at their website!

Our Mission: New Student Orientation allows students to begin to create deep connections to the institution. With high standards and great compassion, we will prioritize the support of new students as they transition to both academic and co-curricular life at Dartmouth, and we will courageously and clearly communicate (and reinforce) the shared values of our community. Additionally, we are committed to recognizing the many paths taken by students before they arrive, and the multiple ways to experience and engage with our community once they begin their Dartmouth journey. Through its programs and mission, New Student Orientation strives to highlight "a campus that is inclusive, welcoming, and caring for all."

Land Acknowledgement
adapted from the Land Acknowledgement at Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art

Dartmouth is situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people. This acknowledgement reminds us of the significance of place, the continued existence of Indigenous people, and Dartmouth's commitment to building respectful relationships with those who call these lands home today.