Live stream for Family and Supporter Welcome - 2 P.M. on Wednesday, August 31.

Class of 2026 and Incoming Transfer Students: We look forward to seeing you soon!

We can’t wait to welcome you to campus and support your transition.

We are working with many campus colleagues on our New Student Orientation (NSO) schedule; visit our Frequently Asked Questions and the NSO Canvas site to get a sense of what to expect. As we get closer to your arrival, we’ll share more details and specifics. 

See below for several key areas of information and keep checking the Frequently Asked Questions for updates.

As always – continue to watch your email and this webpage for essential information. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at if you have any questions. We are always happy to hear from you!   

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

Arriving and Moving Into Your Residence Hall

On July 26, Undergraduate Housing sent each new student their housing assignment and House Community membership, as well as roommate information (if applicable) and Hinman Box number (mailing address).

On August 2, they sent an email asking each student to sign-up* for an arrival/move-in time:

  • For Wednesday, August 31 if you are participating in a First-Year Trip as part of New Student Orientation.
  • For Sunday, September 4 for New Student Orientation if you are not participating in a First-Year Trip.

*Early arriving fall athletes, FYSEP Summer Session participants and pre-orientation program students do not need an appointment and will receive arrival information directly from their group.

IMPORTANT: you cannot change your arrival date unless you withdraw from your First-Year Trip, in which case your arrival will shift to September 4 from August 31.

Please note: Students cannot arrive before their scheduled date and time, as rooms will not be ready for occupancy or drop-off of belongings. Students wishing to arrive in Hanover before their scheduled arrival will need to arrange for off-campus accommodations.

For more information, see the Arriving on Campus section of the Residential Life website or NSO’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Families and Supporters:
Coming to Campus

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for information about your student’s arrival on campus and their move-in.

Please remember: families and supporters should say goodbye before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 (if your student is participating in a First-Year Trip) or Sunday, September 4 (if your student is not participating in a First-Year Trip). Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on those days,  incoming students will be busy with New Student Orientation, First-Year Trips (if they arrive on August 31), and joining the Class of 2026 community.

New Student Orientation and
First-Year Trips

New Student Orientation (NSO) begins on Wednesday, August 31 for those students participating in First-Year Trips, and on Sunday, September 4 for those students not participating in First-Year Trips.

If you are participating, your First-Year Trip will take place within New Student Orientationsee your Trip assignment email for more details. You can find more information about First-Year Trips in their Frequently Asked Questions.

What happens during NSO? See the FAQ or explore the Canvas module “About New Student Orientation.”

What to expect during NSO

And get to know your Orientation Leaders who can’t wait to meet you and support your Orientation experience! Follow them on Instagram.

What’s next?

As we move through August, here’s what you can expect and how you can keep track:

  • Watch for emails from NSO, Canvas updates, and make sure to check the FAQ for new information.
  • Send us questions if you have them! Most likely you’re not the only one with that question and we can add it to our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • You will have “things to do” in Canvas – and some are required. Take care of these whenever and however you can but don’t worry if technology or other challenges keep you from being able to complete them. There will be time once you arrive on campus – we’ll make sure of it!

We are as excited as you are about your imminent arrival and look forward to seeing you soon!

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.