Greetings Class of 2028 and Transfer Students:

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

We have been collaborating with colleagues from all over campus on our New Student Orientation schedule and will share more information on what to expect later this summer.

New Student Orientation includes arrival/move-in and First-Year Trips (if you choose to participate) as well as important, required programs that will introduce you to the Dartmouth community, its curriculum, and your classmates.

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.
  • Arrival dates for fall sport pre-season athletes will be determined by the Athletics Department.
  • All other incoming students who choose to engage in optional First-Year Trips as part of New Student Orientation will arrive and move into their residence hall on Wednesday, September 4 to begin New Student Orientation.
  • Incoming students who choose to not participate in optional First-Year Trips will arrive and move into their residence hall on Sunday, September 8 to begin New Student Orientation.

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

Additional Important Details

Further Information (what's 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 have been invited to set up your Dartmouth account and email. This began your pre-arrival process.
  • You were also invited to begin your Residential Life Housing Application.
  • Watch for an invitation for the New Student Orientation Canvas site!


    • Your pre-arrival process continues throughout the summer and will include tasks, forms, “things to do,” and required surveys and online courses. We will help you keep track and make sure you have the information you need.
    • You can expect registration materials for optional First-Year Trips to arrive via your Dartmouth email. Registration involves thinking about what types of First-Year Trip experiences appeal to you and reflecting on what will support an accessible and successful First-Year Trips experience.

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 diverse 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."