2019 Information for Parents, Guardians, Families, and Supporters

We look forward to welcoming the families and supporters of the Class of 2023 and Transfer Students to Dartmouth!

Dartmouth partners with parents, guardians, families, and supporters to help students succeed. 

Events for families and supporters on Tuesday, September 10, are not mandatory or required. We know that not all families can be present on Tuesday for Orientation Check-In, Key Pick-Up, and House Community Welcome; indeed, many students will be here without families or supporters. Below you will find a brief outline of what you can expect, should you be able to join us.

Please note: Dartmouth's mobile map can be very useful, and all students will receive a paper map in their Orientation packets (distributed at Orientation Check-In, Key Pick-Up, and House Community Welcome).

We've included links to the map view for most locations; these links indicate accessible entrances.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

You can attend all of these events free of charge. Cash, check, and DA$H are accepted for purchases at the Sustainability sale.

Registration is not required for any of our events.

9:00 am -
1:00 pm

Sustainable Moving Sale (lawn outside of Silsby Hall)

Get great deals on previously loved residence hall essentials AND reduce your environmental footprint at the Sustainable Moving Sale! Find mini refrigerators, lamps, fans, storage bins, and more! A small number of bicycles will be for sale this year. Great prices, great condition. Come early for the best finds – if you can, consider getting in line early! Cash, check, and DA$H accepted.

Mobile Map = Silsby Hall

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Orientation Check-In, Key Pick-Up, and House Community Welcome (Tents at Massachusetts Row)

All students must check in at Massachusetts Row to receive their New Student Orientation packet. Students who have not yet checked in to their rooms will get their room key along with their Orientation packet.

Leadership from the six House Communities will be welcoming students! All students will then be directed to their residence hall where members of the Dartmouth Community will help unload cars and direct families and supporters to parking.

Students who arrive after 4:30 p.m. on September 10 should call Safety and Security at 603-646-4000 to have their room temporarily unlocked. Please get your room key from the Undergraduate Housing Office at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11.

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Parent and Family Open House (Baker Library, Reiss Hall [Main Hall])

Visit the "Family Lounge" for coffee, meet several campus departments, and ask questions about some aspects of the Dartmouth experience.

Mobile Map = Baker Library

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Academic Support Services Open House (Carson Hall, Suite 125)

Please stop by and meet Academic Support resources from the Academic Skills Center, First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP), King Scholars, Student Accessibility Services, and the Undergraduate Deans Office. We look forward to supporting your student during their time at Dartmouth!

Mobile Map = Carson Hall

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Family and Student Lunch (Class of 1953 Commons)

Everyone is welcome to a casual, ongoing lunch at the Class of 1953 Commons. There is no charge for lunch.

Mobile Map = Class of 1953 Commons

1:30 pm -
2:00 pm

Parent and Family Welcome (Leede Arena, Berry Sports Center)

Join President Phil Hanlon, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Lee Coffin, and Dean of the College Kathryn Lively for remarks of welcome.

Mobile Map = Leede Arena, Berry Sports Center

2:00 pm -
4:00 pm

Information Expo (Leverone Field House)

Representatives from programs, services, and organizations from all over campus and the local area will be on hand to meet you and talk about opportunities for your student.

Mobile Map = Leverone Field House

4:00 pm

Time to say goodbye and wish students well!

Collectively, they are the great Class of 2023 and it is time for them to jump into the busy New Student Orientation schedule. Enjoy your day on campus and come back to visit — parents, guardians, families, and supporters are always welcome.

IMPORTANT: Additional Information about Tuesday, September 10

  • Your student might want to take a Local Placement Exam at the Placement Exam Center, which is open between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Information about Placement Exams can be found at the Local Placement Exams link to the left. 
  • Your student will also likely need to participate in a Technology Set-Up and Services session, which is required of all students. In September, the schedule for those sessions will be posted on the New Student Orientation webpage.

Parent, Guardian, and Family Connections

Please visit the link above for additional family information from the Undergraduate Deans Office.


We don't make any official lodging recommendations; however, if you do choose to accompany your incoming student to campus, you can check Dartmouth's Local Hotel Booking Site for information on available rooms.

Family Weekend

There is no official family weekend in the Fall term. Please visit the Collis Center for Student Involvement's Family Weekends website for more information.

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