Welcome to the Dartmouth community!

Over the next several months, "Welcome to Dartmouth!" is a phrase you are likely to read and hear often, but I hope each time it generates a bit of excitement and anticipation. I know that you will have many questions as you prepare to come to Dartmouth. Our New Student Orientation program, facilitated the week before fall classes begin, is designed to help you navigate your transition to Dartmouth—academically and socially.

A whole team of students, faculty, and staff is working to prepare for your arrival in the fall. Starting in the late spring of 2019, you will begin to hear from them in support of your transition to Dartmouth. Whether it is information on computing, Dartmouth Dining, undergraduate housing, or how we support each other as a community, this communication will begin to shape your understanding of Dartmouth.

In the coming months, this website will be an important resource for you and your family. As mailings are sent and information is communicated to new students, you can always turn here for the latest information. Until that point, have a wonderful few months.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Eric L. Ramsey
Associate Dean for Student Life
Director, New Student Orientation

Arrival Information

  • Many incoming students choose to participate in a "First-Year Trip" before Orientation begins. It is not possible to choose your Trip dates; students will be assigned to a Trip section based on their availability, activity preference, and other factors.
    • More information about registration for the First-Year Trips program will be available in late May/early June.
    • FYI: the earliest First-Year Trip will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019.
  • Depending on which Trip a student is assigned and the date the Trip returns to campus, arrival dates and access to residence hall rooms will vary.
  • Again, we remind you that it is not possible to choose your Trip dates; students will be assigned to a Trip section based on their availability, activity preference, and other factors
  • Families are strongly encouraged to wait to make final travel plans until the summer, when Trip assignments are released.
  • FALL VARSITY ATHLETES: You will receive information about arrival and practice dates from your coaches.
  • If you have not arrived on campus before then, you need to arrive in time to join your classmates at New Student Orientation activities beginning late in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Important Dates 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Residence Hall Check-In and Key Pick-Up for students scheduled to arrive on September 10, 2019
  • Orientation Check-In for all new students
  • Welcome Program for Parents, Guardians, and Families
    • Dartmouth College partners with parents, guardians, and families to help students succeed.
    • Orientation events for families who choose to come to campus will be completed by 4:00 p.m., at which point students will say goodbye and join their classmates as the great Class of 2023.
    • These activities are NOT MANDATORY - indeed, we know that not all parents, guardians, and families will be able to join us on that day.
    • Details about welcome activities for parents, guardians, and families will be communicated during the summer via this web page.
    • Please also note: First-Year Family Weekend takes place during the Spring term. Please visit Family Weekends for more information. There is no official parent/family weekend in the Fall term.
  • New Student Orientation activities officially begin after 5:00 p.m. for the Class of 2023 and Transfer Students.

Monday, September 16, 2019

  • First day of classes

What happens during New Student Orientation?

  • New Student Orientation will feature programs and events designed to prepare you to elect your first term courses and to become a full member of the Dartmouth community.
  • Orientation begins with late afternoon activities on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 after welcome activities for parents, guardians, and families.
  • Your schedule will be very full between Tuesday, September 10 and Monday, September 16!
  • This website will be your best source for up-to-date schedule information as the months progress. We suggest you visit it frequently.
  • Detailed schedule information will be available in late summer.
  • We can't wait to see you!

We look forward to welcoming you to Dartmouth College!