New Student Checklist 2017

The Checklist will help you remember all the important things you need to do before you arrive at Tufts. We'll be sending reminders each week over the summer when any new items on the Checklist are posted, and to remind you when a deadline is approaching.

The New Student Checklist 2018 will be posted early in summer 2018, but you can use last year's list below to familiarize yourself with the tasks you'll need to complete before making your way to campus for Orientation. Just keep in mind that the 2018 Checklist will look a little different.

Are you a student in the R.E.A.L. Program? Check out your Spring 2018 Checklist on the R.E.A.L. Program website!

In May

1. Get your Tufts student ID and username by logging into your Application Status page. You will use this for lots of important tasks, so make sure to write it down!

 Access Your Student ID and Username

2. Mark your calendar for move-in and other important dates.

View a Preview of the 2017 Orientation Calendar

(We're going to post a full version of the Orientation Calendar later this summer.  Stay tuned!)

Deadline: June 1

1. Remember to check (or forward) your Tufts email. Everything official will be sent there from June 1 onward.

2. Request Housing Accommodations through Student Accessibility Services.

Request a Living Accommodation

Deadline: June 5

1. Register for one of our optional Pre-Orientation programs.

Explore Pre-Orientation Options

Register for Pre-Orientation

Deadline: June 14

1. Complete your Housing Survey in the Student Information System:

  • Log into your SIS account
  • On the bottom of the About Me tab, choose Housing

Start Your Housing Survey

Transfer Students

Eligible Transfer Students complete a separate Transfer Housing Application. Please contact or call 617-627-3248 for more information.

Deadline EXTENDED: June 18 (formerly June 15)

First-Year BA and BS Students

1. First-Year BA and BS Students should review their advising choices and complete an Advising Survey in the Application Status page. (BFA and Combined Degree Students do not need to take the Advising Survey, as they will be assigned an Advisor.)

Before you take the Advising Survey, read the instructions to make sure you understand your advising option and the selection process!

If you're an Arts and Sciences Student (BA or BS), make sure you also complete the one-question English Department Survey just below the Advising Survey. (BS Engineering Students do not need to answer this one additional question, and BFA and Combined Degree Students can skip the English Department Survey along with the Advising Survey.)

Step 1: Read the Advising Survey Instructions

Step 2: Submit Your Advising Survey

Transfer Students

You will be paired with an Advisor and provided with a housing assignment.

Deadline: June 30

International Students

Complete Your Visa Application Process

Deadline: July 1

1. Ask your school to submit your final transcript with spring grades to Undergraduate Admissions.

2. Upload your photo for your Tufts ID card.

Upload Your Photo

3. See your physician and complete the mandatory medical forms for new students.

Complete Your Medical Forms

First Week of July

Begin looking for your eBill statement through the SIS portal. Click on Bills & Balances in SIS, then Select My eBill or Make a Payment. To invite others to view or pay your bill, add them as an invited viewer in the SIS portal and have them follow the directions they receive via email.

View or Pay Your Bill in SIS 

Deadline: July 31

1. Check your health insurance coverage and submit a waiver if you have a health insurance policy that meets Massachusetts standards. Waivers are now available on the Bills & Balances tab in SIS.

Read Up on Health Insurance Rules

2. Update your emergency contact information on SIS

Log into SIS

Deadline: August 18

Complete your required online training programs on alcohol and sexual assault prevention:

  • AlcoholEdu empowers students to make well-informed decisions and provides some simple strategies to help keep you and your friends safe.
  • Haven educates students about the elements of healthy relationships, the importance of sexual consent, and the role of bystanders in creating safe, healthy communities

Both online courses have two parts. Complete Part I of both courses by August 18. (You will receive notification to complete Part II after a brief intersession.)

Complete AlcoholEdu and Haven