Pre-Orientation Programs

Each year we offer several innovative pre-orientation opportunities to incoming students, including transfer and commuter students. These programs are optional, but in recent years over half of the incoming class has participated in one of the either programs we offer. The pre-orientation programs are an opportunity to get involved on campus early, meet upperclass leaders and mentors, gain valuable leadership skills, and meet other students with similar interests before orientation officially begins. Students look back at their participation in these programs as a great start of their Tufts experience. The fee to participate in a pre-orientation program is $425.00.  For students on financial aid, pre-orientation costs are pro-rated based on financial aid percentages.  A student’s fee for pre-orientation does not impact a financial aid award in any way.

2021 Pre-Orientation Program Dates and Additional Information:


Pre-Orientation registration for 2021 has now ended and there is no space available in any of the programs.  Students participating should have all confirmed participation and made payment by now.  If this is not complete, the final deadline will be August 1.  After August 1, any participants that have not confirmed their spots or paid will be removed from their assigned program.  Please contact with questions.

Students should plan to arrive to campus in accordance with the start dates specific to their program (listed below). Details on arrival times and logistics will be communicated throughout the summer and updates will also be available through the Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Program Dates

BEAST: August 29 - September 1

CAFE: August 27 - September 1

CREATE: August 29 - September 1

FIT: August 29 - September 1

FOCUS: August 28 - September 1

GO: August 29 - September 1

SQUAD: August 29 - September 1

TWO: August 27 - September 1

While we are excited to offer in-person Pre-Orientation programming this year, the University is still closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its impact on the entire community.  Schedule adjustments will be made as needed in an effort to promote safety first for all faculty, staff, students, families and the local communities.  Learn more about how Tufts University is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic here.


Registration for Pre-Orientation 2021 has now ended.  There is no additional space in any programs.