Greetings Class of 2025 and incoming Transfer Students.

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

As we wrote last week, we have been working with many campus colleagues to finalize our New Student Programs schedule.

Although the details below are subject to change based on the progression of the pandemic, we are excited to share the following arrival information.

Arrival Details:

  • Students participating in FYSEP’s Summer Session, International Student Pre-Orientation, and Native and Indigenous Student Pre-Orientation have received information regarding their arrival date directly from their program. Please make travel arrangements based on the confirmation and instructions from your Pre-Orientation program.
  • Pre-season athletes will also receive arrival date(s) directly from their coaches.
  • All other incoming students should arrive on Friday, September 3. 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 Friday, September 3.
    • Families and supporters should plan to leave campus after 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Students will be busy with First-Year Trips and New Student Orientation programming through the first day of classes.
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, students will begin to participate in New Student Programs, including small group, peer-led experiences with First-Year Trips and Orientation programming.

Next Steps:

    • You will receive instructions about COVID testing, vaccination, and other requirements separately.
    • We will share the New Student Orientation schedule closer to your arrival.
    • The First-Year Trips program will take place after all incoming students have arrived on campus in two sections integrated into the New Student Orientation schedule.
    • We are excited to work with all students to accommodate their needs and find a space in which they feel confident and comfortable participating in First-Year Trips. We encourage all students to take part, but know that ultimately some students may choose not to participate or be unable to participate in First-Year Trips. Those students should plan to arrive by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 7.
    • Detailed First-Year Trips information and registration will be available in early July. The First-Year Trip program offers many different types of experiences for students of all interests and comfort levels. This Dartmouth program has a long history of making space for incoming students to get to know each other and the area around Hanover in small groups. Please reach out to First-Year Trips with any questions or concerns you might have about the program.

Please keep watching your email and this webpage for updates.

We look forward to meeting you.  Until then, we are standing by to guide you through next steps. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at new.student.orientation@dartmouth.edu.

Take good care and stay well.

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

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."