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As you prepare for Dartmouth, New Student Orientation will regularly communicate with you about important information, deadlines, and resources to support your transition. 

Travelling this summer?

Make sure you have a plan for accessing email during the summer — and, again, be prepared to manage applications online or electronically. 

You will want to make sure you receive your copy of Explore, Engage, Excel (which will support your course election process); this will arrive via US Postal service in July.

If you aren't leaving until mid-June: You should get all of the most important information before you leave.

If your travels begin before mid-June: Please make sure to have your mail forwarded to you. If that is not an option, call or email the Undergraduate Deans Office [603-646-2243] with an alternate address for someone who can open your mail and follow-up as needed and attend to deadlines.


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August 5, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation - 08.05.2022

Hello again! How are you doing? Lots happening here – let’s catch up with our Weekly Update email!

REMINDERS

  • We still need ID photos … from about 284 of you! Please make sure to Upload Photo for Your ID today (August 5) if you haven’t already done so!
  • If you would not like your Admissions Essay to be considered for Your Class, Your Words, please opt out today (August 5) using this form.
  • You all received an email from Residential Life this week, asking you to sign-up for an arrival slot on your assigned arrival day. Please make sure to complete that sign-up by Monday, August 15.
  • If you haven’t yet, make sure you complete the Achieving Community Together required modules in Canvas prior to arrival – and no later than August 31.
    • If you are unable to complete this module because of technology challenges (including inconsistent internet, etc.), make sure to complete it as soon as you are on campus and with the technology you need.
  • Thanks to those of you who already responded to the Dartmouth Short Survey, which you were invited to complete earlier this week (via email). Deadline for that survey is August 16.

UPDATES

  • We’ve launched a new module for you to check out – make sure to dive into Introducing: Academic Departments and Programs, the latest Canvas resource in support of your exploration of the liberal arts curriculum. This new module continues to build on Explore, Engage, Excel; our Snapshots; and the online advising chats with the Undergraduate Deans you might have attended.
  • We hope you’ve had a chance to check out the Dartmouth Generated Placement Exams in Canvas, which we launched on Monday, August 1. If you choose to take any placement exams, we wish you all sorts of luck.
  • You should have received an invitation this week to Dartwrite, which gives you access to a digital portfolio through Wordpress. Enjoy!

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We are looking forward to YOU! When you arrive there will be a number of upper-level students ready to welcome you, including Orientation Leaders (OLs), Undergraduate Advisors (UGAs), and First-Year Trips volunteers – just to name a few. But they don’t want to wait until New Student Orientation to start getting to know you! So we would LOVE it if you would send us a postcard to introduce yourself to us and your classmates and something you're excited to share with the community this year! You could pick a postcard from where you live, somewhere you went this summer, somewhere important to you, or just decorate a card yourself. Then write us a short message and send it in. If you aren't able to put one in the mail, feel free to use the this form to send us a picture (not your headshot, just of some place or thing that is important to you). Add your message and submit the form, and we'll turn it into a postcard FOR you! Postcards from new students will be displayed in the Collis Center during New Student Orientation. Please address your cards to: New Student Orientation 6181 Collis Center Suite 303 Hanover, NH 03755

We’ll share more next week – until then, take care!

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August 1, 2022: Online Placement Exams through Canvas and Snapshots #3 and #4

Hello again and hope you are very well!

Before we get started with today’s message about Dartmouth generated placement exams, we first wanted to share with you the final two Snapshots for the Sciences and Social Sciences divisions. See attached and check them out on Canvas!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled Online Placement Exams email.

We are excited to share that the list of Dartmouth generated placement exams is now available on the New Student Orientation Canvas site!

Before we discuss next steps in accessing online placement exams, here are some quick thoughts from your Undergraduate Deans:

  • We will talk more about this over the next few weeks, but it is important to know that the primary purpose of Dartmouth Generated Placement Exams is to ensure that you are taking courses appropriate for your level of preparation
  • Should you take a placement exam? All students, and particularly international students whose academic credentials are not easily interpreted within the academic setting used in the United States, are urged to consider taking relevant exams, even if you do not plan to continue in that area of study. If there is a question of placement, it is recommended that you take an exam. However, please know that past experience tells us that not all students choose to take placement exams; for those who do, some take only one, while others take several.
  • If you have been approved for testing accommodations by Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and would like to utilize them for placement exams, please alert the SAS advisor with whom you first met in a timely fashion so that your advisor can notify the appropriate department(s). If you still need to apply for disability accommodations, please do so right away. Email student.accessibility.services@dartmouth.edu with any questions.
     

Online Placement Exams on Canvas:

  • Most of the online placement exams are available through Canvas.
    To access an exam, click on the exam link and self-enroll into the Canvas course for that exam.
  • Feel free to self-enroll in any or all exams; self-enrolling does NOT mean you must then complete the exam.
  • Many of the exams have detailed instructions and guides to help you determine whether or not you should take a placement exam. To view those, self-enroll in the course and review the information through that exam’s site.
     

Need Help?

  • For specific Placement Exam questions, email the department contact directly. Contacts for each exam are listed on the Placement Exam section of the NSO Canvas site.
  • For more information regarding Canvas, you can browse this Canvas Student Guide; click on the help link within Canvas to access 24/7 phone, chat, and email support.
     

We wish you well and – if you choose to take any Dartmouth Generated Placement Exams – good luck!

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July 30, 2022: WEEKLY UPDATE FROM NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Hello and happy almost August! How are you doing?

You received your housing assignments this week – so exciting! Welcome to this week’s update email with more news:

REMINDERS (deadlines)

UPDATES

                    • Check out the recently updated Frequently Asked Questions on the New Student Orientation website. It is updated regularly, so check back often if you have any questions!

LOOKING FORWARD

                    • Two more Snapshots (Sciences and Social Sciences) will travel your way in the next couple of days.
                    • Information about Dartmouth Generated Placement Exams – including a list of exams and how to access them – will be available in Canvas on Monday, August 1. We’ll email you when we publish the new module.
                    • And very soon we’ll launch deeper introductions to Academic Departments and Programs, also through Canvas. Stay tuned!

August will be a very exciting month; we can’t wait to share more with you! Take good care and we’ll talk again very soon.

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July 25, 2022: Snapshots #1 and #2: meet Arts and Humanities and International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs

Hello!

It’s been such a busy few weeks with lots happening, so we wanted to turn our attention (and yours!) to exploring the incredible academic opportunities within Dartmouth’s liberal arts curriculum. 

We asked our close partners in the Undergraduate Deans Office to provide an introduction for this first two Snapshots (attached here):

“We hope that you are already enjoying Explore, Engage, Excel, and that you have eagerly begun the process of reflection and investigation that will lead you to course election for your first term at Dartmouth – and beyond! This email presents an additional resource: a ‘whirlwind tour’ of the departments and programs in two divisions: Arts and Humanities and International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. Check them out and keep the Snapshots handy (you might even consider printing them for note taking!).

Later this week, New Student Orientation will send additional Snapshots highlighting the Sciences and Social Sciences departments. We encourage you to make time to explore these emails as you begin your Dartmouth journey: click on the links provided, and learn about departments, programs, course offerings, and faculty. These Snapshots will support your understanding of the curriculum, and prepare you for upcoming online advising chats with the Undergraduate Deans and for your involvement in New Student Orientation.”

You will also find each Snapshot on the New Student Orientation Canvas site.

Until next time – have fun exploring, and we will talk again soon!

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july 23, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation

Hello – hope you are well and staying cool. Happy Saturday! Let’s see what’s happening:

REMINDERS

                                              • Upload your student ID photo as soon as possible so that it is ready for your arrival. You will need your ID card to get into your residence hall room, eat in the dining halls, and pretty much everything from the first moment you arrive on campus. GET THIS DONE now – you’ll be glad you did!
                                                • Please be in touch if you have any concerns about being able to complete this task before arrival.
                                              • July 23 (today) = Deadline to request, if desired, a different First-Year Writing placement.
                                              • The undergraduate deans are excited to meet you in their Online Advising Chats over the next few weeks. Read the Wednesday, July 20 email from the Undergraduate Deans Office for more information. ENJOY getting to know your deans – and each other.
                                              • Make sure to accept your invitation to the New Student Orientation Canvas site and begin exploring!

UPDATE

                                              • We launched a new module in Canvas yesterday, Achieving Community Together: The Principles that Define Us, which will help you better understand what it means to be a part of the Dartmouth community.
                                                • These sections are to be completed on your own and at your own pace. You may leave a module at any time and come back to it later.
                                                • Please complete these required modules by August 31.
                                                • If you are unable to complete this module because of technology challenges (including inconsistent internet, etc.), make sure to complete it as soon as you are on campus and with the technology you need.
                                              • Keep checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the New Student Orientation webpage for new entries!
                                              • If you intend to seek on-campus employment please note so you are prepared: you will need to produce several forms of unexpired, original identification. A driver’s license AND social security card together; an Employment Authorization Document; Permanent Legal Resident card; or a US passport on its own are common acceptable forms of ID. Find a complete list of acceptable documents on the Required Paperwork for New Student Employees handout from the Student Employment Office.

LOOKING FORWARD

                                              • Get to know your Orientation Leaders (OLs) on their Instagram – follow along so you get all their updates.
                                              • And watch for our first Snapshot, introducing academic departments and programs to support your continued exploration of course offerings. They are AWESOME – we can’t wait to share them with you!

Take good care and talk again very soon!

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july 19, 2022: Your Class, Your Words Opt Out (using your Admission Essay)

Greetings from New Student Orientation! We would like to consider using a short excerpt from your Admission Essay for Your Class, Your Words: Class of 2026.

Your Class, Your Words is a program composed entirely of quotations taken from the admission essays of your incoming class, traditionally performed for you by upper-level students. This program, held during New Student Orientation, is designed to celebrate the individual experiences and identities you all bring to Dartmouth.

If you do not want your essay to be considered for inclusion in this project please click here: OPT OUT.

Before you do this, please know that all excerpts and quotations will be used anonymously, all personal identifiers will be removed, and your name will not be mentioned. Only *you* will know that the words spoken are yours! If you agree that a quotation from your essay could be used, you do not have to respond to this request. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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july 15, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation

Hello – how are you doing? Hope you are finding – or making! – time to enjoy your summer.

We’re excited to share a few new things today and always happy to be reminding you of “things to do!”

REMINDERS

                                              • Upcoming deadlines:
                                                • July 15 (today!) = Academic Interest Form – view or update your area of academic interest. There is nothing binding about this selection.
                                                • July 20 = complete the computer survey (access through DartHub)
                                                • July 20 = if you choose to purchase a computer from Dartmouth, so it’s ready when you arrive
                                              • Don’t wait until the last minute – do this as soon as you can: Upload your student ID photo! This will make your arrival to campus much easier. Please be in touch if you have any concerns about being able to complete this task before arrival.

UPDATES

                                              • Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the New Student Orientation webpage for some information about arrival/move-in. We’ll be adding more sections next week – let us know if there is a question/answer we could include that you think would be helpful to new students and their families/supporters!
                                              • Today, a new tile appears in DartHub bringing you to the Student Tech Introduction portal so you can get started with the technology (including software) you’ll need at Dartmouth.
                                                • If you don’t have the computer you will use at Dartmouth or reliable internet – or if there is anything else that makes accessing these materials challenging – don’t worry! There will be time during New Student Orientation to do everything you need.
                                                • We’ll let you know about support sessions with Information, Technology and Consulting (ITC) later in the summer and during New Student Orientation.
                                              • Watch for an email later today from writing.placement@dartmouth.edu with your First-Year Writing placement recommendation.
                                                • Deadline to request different placement = July 23

LOOKING FORWARD

                                              • On Monday, you will receive an invitation to the New Student Orientation (NSO) Canvas site. Watch for it and “accept.” Throughout the rest of the summer and during NSO, we will share important resources and modules for you to complete. If and when you have the chance, explore the site and get to know Canvas. Enjoy!

Sending all best thoughts until next time. Take good care!

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july 9, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation

Hello incoming students!

Collecting some things to help you stay on track:

REMINDERS

                                              • The deadline for First-Year Trips registration has passed but if you are still interested in participating, feel free to email First-Year Trips.
                                                • And remember: it is totally okay if you are unable or choose not to participate in a First-Year Trip, in which case your arrival/move-in date will be September 4.
                                              • The next two weeks are busy ones for deadlines!

UPDATE

LOOKING FORWARD

                                              • Soon New Student Orientation (NSO) will be launching its Canvas site! Canvas is Dartmouth’s Learning Management System; much of your regular coursework will be managed through Canvas. The NSO site will complement in-person Orientation and support your transition to Dartmouth. We will share more about this – including how to use Canvas throughout the summer, during Orientation, and beyond – when we launch the site.

Talk again next week – take good care and stay well.

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july 1, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation

RABBIT, RABBIT, RABBIT – happy first day of July. Wishing you good luck this month (and always!).

FYI: Dartmouth is CLOSED on Monday, July 4.

Important: we’ve heard that some of you received emails that appear to be Dartmouth-generated but are not. It is wise to be cautious. If you are unsure about an email and its origin, please reach out to our Information, Technology & Consulting colleagues at Help@dartmouth.edu.

Lots of catching up to do:

REMINDERS

                                              • If you have test scores, don’t forget to upload them – you can do this through DartHub (#6 on the checklist).
                                              • July 7: If you choose to participate in a First-Year Trip, your registration materials are due by July 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
                                                • It is totally okay if you choose to not participate or are unable to participate in a First-Year Trip, in which case your arrival/move-in date will be September 4.
                                              • July 13: You may submit your Religious Preference or Heritage by July 13 and request that your name be given to a representative of your faith affiliated with the Tucker Center.
                                              • July 15: Academic Interest Form is due by July 15 – view or update your area of academic interest. Remember there is nothing binding about this selection.
                                              • July 20: review Dartmouth’s computer requirements and complete the computer survey by July 20 (access both through DartHub). If you choose to purchase a computer from Dartmouth, make sure to order by July 20 so it’s ready when you arrive.
                                              • Upload your student ID photo as soon as possible! Thank you!

UPDATES

LOOKING FORWARD

                                                  • Watch for an awesome publication from the Undergraduate Deans Office in support of your exploration of the curriculum – coming soon. This guide will start your summer journey of questioning and exploring, as you prepare for course election during New Student Orientation. Many other wonderful resources are headed your way over the next few weeks – we are absolutely “looking forward” to sharing them with you!

We hope you are making time for yourself and your well-being this summer. Sending best wishes and talk again soon!

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june 24, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation

Happy day to you all. We hope you are finding some rest and restoration during these summer months.

What’s happening? Let’s see … 

REMINDERS

                                                  • Upcoming deadlines for Health Service Requirements: you’ll find everything in DartHub !
                                                    • Health and Immunizations = June 30 deadline
                                                    • Insurance Waiver = June 30 deadline
                                                    • Athletic Clearance = June 30 deadline
                                                  • Upcoming deadline for Humanities 1 and 2 Application (access via DartHub ):
                                                    • All students are invited, but are not required, to apply.
                                                    • Humanities 1 and 2 is a selective, interdisciplinary, two-term sequence for up to one hundred first-year students.
                                                    • Deadline = June 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET
                                                  • First-Year Trips will also send a reminder later today but here is one from us: if you choose to participate in a First-Year Trip, your registration materials are due by July 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
                                                    • It is totally okay if you choose to not or are unable to participate in a First-Year Trip – in that case, your arrival/move-in date will be September 4.
                                                    • And thank you to those who already registered! Remember that registration is NOT first come, first served.

UPDATES

                                                  • A new tile in DartHub became available recently: Standardized Test Scores.
                                                    • Standardized Test Scores must be received by September 6 if they are to be considered in Fall term course election.
                                                    • And you can find more information about First-Year Trips at their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. This webpage includes FAQ translations in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.

LOOKING FORWARD

                                                  • Earlier this week, your families and supporters received an email from Interim Dean of the College, Scott C. Brown, announcing Family Weekend in late September. We can’t wait to meet your families and supporters *whenever* they are able to visit Dartmouth – whether sooner or later! We’ll always be excited to welcome them.


We’ll talk again very soon – take good care and stay well.

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JUNE 16, 2022: WEEKLY UPDATE FROM NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION - 06.16.22

Hello Class of 2026 and incoming Transfer Students! 

We apologize for missing a Weekly Update last week, but we were busy with Commencement and all the related celebrations and culminations. It was a wonderful whirlwind and now we are ready to focus on YOU!

To catch up and think ahead:

REMINDERS

                                                  • Complete your Directed Self-Placement Process for First-Year Writing by June 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
                                                    • You can access this process through DartHub.
                                                    • Placement recommendation will be sent via email July 16.
                                                    • Deadline to request different placement via email is July 23.

UPDATES

                                                  • A new tile in DartHub will become available on June 18: Computer Requirements and, if applicable, Ordering Information.
                                                    • If you choose to order a computer from Dartmouth, the deadline is July 20, 2022.
                                                  • And watch for an email from First-Year Trips on Monday, June 20 with First-Year Trips registration materials.
                                                    • Important to know:
                                                    • It is totally okay if you choose to not participate or are unable to participate in a First-Year Trip – in that case, your arrival/move-in date will be September 4.
                                                    • Registration is not first-come first-served – just make sure to submit your registration by the deadline of Thursday, July 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
                                                    • If you choose to participate in a First-Year Trip, you will receive your trip assignment and packing list during the week of July 18.
                                                  • As always, we are available for questions and concerns.

LOOKING FORWARD

                                                  • We will soon have news about the New Student Orientation Canvas site and what to expect this summer in support of your arrival in the Fall – we are excited to keep connecting!

Wishing you well as your summers (officially) begin – take good care and talk again soon.

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June 3, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation - 06.03.22

Hello great Class of 2026! 

Hope you are doing well. We write today with a few reminders, as deadlines approach:

REMINDERS

                                                  • Complete your Residential Life Housing Star Portal by June 8 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
                                                    You can access this process through DartHub.
                                                  • Keep moving through the Instructions and Checklist and DartHub – paying attention to deadlines – and be in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns!

UPDATE

                                                  • You can expect to receive First-Year Trips registration materials near the end of June. We’ll keep you posted so you know to watch for that email.

LOOKING FORWARD

                                                  • Wishing you meaningful celebrations of your milestones and all you’ve accomplished, as you conclude your high school and secondary school education!

Until we talk again, which will be soon –  take good care.

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May 27, 2022: Weekly Update from New Student Orientation - 05.27.22

Hello great Class of 2026 and incoming Transfer Students!

As we move through the summer, we plan to finish most weeks with a quick email to stay connected and keep you updated on important things to know as you prepare to join the Dartmouth community.

Although we are currently very busy with Commencement for the Class of 2022, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns; we are always here for you!

By now you have seen that our New Student Orientation website has information on arrival dates. We will continue to communicate what you need to know as soon as we can; you will all receive this information from us at the same time and we will make sure you do not miss anything important!

And now, we want to share a few reminders and things to do.

REMINDERS

                                                  • Please complete your Residential Life Housing Application (which can be accessed through the Residential Life Housing Star Portal tile in DartHub) by Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00 am ET.
                                                  • Also, we will post all emails from New Student Orientation on our website. Save this page, and feel free to share with families or supporters who may be interested in reading this information as well.

UPDATES

                                                  • On June 1, you will receive an invitation to the Directed Self-Placement Process for First-Year Writing Canvas site. Make sure you check that out!
                                                  • Speaking of Canvas, we’ll talk more about Dartmouth’s learning management system soon. You will use Canvas throughout New Student Orientation and for your classes as well. If you haven’t used Canvas or a tool like this before, have no fear: there will be time throughout the summer (and during Orientation) to explore and learn.

LOOKING FORWARD

                                                  • Keep moving through the Instructions and Checklist and DartHub – paying attention to deadlines – and be in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns!

For those of you finishing secondary or high school, please know that we are sending our best wishes and congratulations as you wrap up your school year. And to all of you, we hope that you find time to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished with pride.

We will talk to you again soon!

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May 18, 2022: Introducing DartHub Pre-Arrival

Greetings, Class of 2026!

You can begin to use DartHub Pre-Arrival to review the Instructions and Checklist of things to do and deadlines to meet. 

To get started, please follow the instructions below to access DartHub Pre-Arrival:

                                                  • Use a web browser to go to http://PreArrival.dartmouth.edu.
                                                  • Login using your Dartmouth ID (also known as NetID) and password – and Duo two-factor authentication if prompted – created in the “set up your account” process. You should have received an email from Dartmouth ITC (Information, Technology and Consulting) with your Dartmouth ID (NetID) and instructions for the setup of your account.
                                                  • Read and agree to the ‘Terms of Usage’ by clicking Continue.
                                                  • You are now in DartHub Pre-Arrival at the Recommended Order portion of the Checklist page.
                                                  • The first item on the list is Instructions and Checklist: Prior to Engaging in Dartmouth Programs. This document includes detailed instructions and a chart you can use to keep track of your submissions.
                                                  • Use the Checklist in "Recommended Order" on DartHub Pre-Arrival and the Instructions and Checklist document as your guides; stick with the categories and work through the “tiles/tasks”  in each category. Most forms you need to complete this summer will be available through DartHub.
                                                  • Throughout your time at Dartmouth, you will access DartHub frequently to elect courses, check-in for each term, view grade reports, update emergency contacts, etc.

It is imperative that you meet the deadlines indicated on DartHub Pre-Arrival. Don’t forget to use the chart on the Checklist in the Start Here category. 

If you are unable to access a particular web form, please contact the office listed on the Instructions and Checklist document. For general questions, contact the Undergraduate Deans Office at 603-646-2243 or undergraduate.deans.office@dartmouth.edu).

You can always find updates on the New Student Orientation webpage: http://www.dartmouth.edu/orientation/

We’ll certainly talk again soon – take good care.

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May 18, 2022: Dartmouth: welcome and reminder to set up your Dartmouth email!

Hello again, Class of 2026!

By now, you should have received an email from Dartmouth ITC (Information, Technology and Consulting) with instructions to set up your Dartmouth email account. Most of you have already done so. For those of you who haven’t yet activated your account, please follow those instructions right now so you won’t miss any critical College communications.

Please note: this is the last email that will be sent to your applicant (non-Dartmouth) email address; moving forward, all email communication will travel via your Dartmouth email address.

If you didn’t receive a message from Dartmouth ITC or do not have regular online access, please go to dartgo.org/account-help to request help or email help@dartmouth.edu.

Since much of our communication will be sent by email, we want to be sure you’re connected.

Housing information will be sent to your Dartmouth email account tomorrow (Thursday, May 19). 

We hope you’ve seen the arrival/move-in information on the New Student Orientation page (http://dartmouth.edu/orientation). Continue to monitor this page for updates!

Please do be in touch with any concerns. We are excited to get to know you!

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May 16, 2022: Dartmouth: watch for email to set up your Dartmouth account

Welcome, Class of 2026!

We are so glad to have the chance to say hello. We have been thinking of you and look forward to creating your first community connections over the next few weeks. You will hear from us often as we make sure you have the information you need to start your Dartmouth journey.

Beginning earlier today (Monday) and continuing through tomorrow (Tuesday), you each will receive an email inviting you to set up your Dartmouth account from Dartmouth ITC (our Information, Technology and Consulting team): account-no-reply@dartmouth.edu. It will be sent to the email address you provided Admissions.

The release of this email is staggered, so don’t worry if you have not received it yet. It will take time to reach all of you so please be patient!

When setting up your two-factor authentication with Duo, we strongly recommend that you use a phone/phone number you will be able to access throughout the summer and/or downloading the Duo mobile app.

Take care! We’ll talk to you soon – and we’re psyched to get to know you!

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