Parents and Families
Orientation Events for Parents and Families
Arrival day for the Class of 2020 is Wednesday August 31, 2016. As parents and family members, we welcome you to join your students on campus on that day for a variety of welcoming programs. Students participating in one of our Pre-Orientation programs will arrive on an earlier date.
|8 a.m||Residence hall move in begins|
|11 a.m.||Presentation from university administrators on the Tufts experience|
|12 p.m.||Welcome lunch on the Tisch Library Lawn for all students, families, faculty, and staff|
|Afternoon||Matriculation ceremony on the Academic Quad|
|TBA||Additional programming for parents|
Parents and families depart
Student orientation programming begins
Your student may want to participate in one of our six pre-orientation programs. Students participating in these programs will receive additional information from the coordinators. Some students move in on the first day of pre-orientation while others arrive with the few belongings they need for the program and their families bring the rest of their luggage on move-in day. You and your student can decide which option will work best for you.
Important Notes About Moving in Early
The first day of pre-orientation is a busy time on campus. Because the university is not officially in session at this time, there will be limited staff to assist with the move-in process should you choose to move your student into their residential hall on this day. We strongly recommend that students wait until their roommate arrives to adjust the furniture. This should be a shared experience and will help get things off to a good start as they get to know each other.
Please note, you will not have access to your student’s residence while they are with their pre-orientation program.
Parent and Family Programming
If you want, you can accompany your student on the pre-orientation arrival day, matriculation day or both.
Several of our pre-orientation programs provide programming for parents.
- Conversation, Action, Faith and Education (CAFE), Freshman Orientation CommUnity Service (FOCUS) and Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO): Brief information session on the first day in the Mayer campus center, August 27.
- Fitness and Individual Development at Tufts (FIT): Welcome session for parents and families in Cohen Auditorium, August 27, 4 p.m.
- Global Orientation (GO): Specific events are open to parents throughout the program.
All of our pre-orientation programs will end on the evening of August 30. Your student will spend the night in their residence hall. You should plan to reconnect with him or her the following morning for the the beginning of orientation.