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2018 Information for Parents, Guardians, and Families

We look forward to welcoming the families of the Class of 2022 and Transfer Students to Dartmouth!

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

Events for parents and families on Wednesday, September 5, are not mandatory or required. We know that not all families can be present on Wednesday for Orientation Check-In, Key Pick-Up, and House Community Welcome; indeed, many students will be here without parents or families. Below you will find a brief outline of what you can expect, should you be able to join us.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sustainable Moving Sale (Gold Coast Lawn)

Get great deals on previously loved dorm essentials AND reduce your environmental footprint at the Sustainable Moving Sale! Find mini fridges, 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!

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Orientation Check-In, Key Pick-Up, & 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 and Living Learning programs 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 to parking.

Students who arrive after 4:30p.m. can 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 Thursday, September 6.

9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

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

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!

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.  

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 Interim Dean of the College Kathryn Lively for remarks of welcome. 

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.

4:00 pm

Time to say goodbye and wish students well!

Collectively, they are the great Class of 2022 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, and families are always welcome.

IMPORTANT: Additional Information about Wednesday, September 5

  • 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.

First-Year Family Weekend

There is no official family weekend in the Fall term. First-Year Family Weekend for the Class of 2022 will be Friday, May 3, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019. Please visit the Collis Center for Student Involvement's Family Weekends website for more information.



Last Updated: 8/14/18