Orientation

Welcome First-Year and Transfer Students! Orientation 2018 is scheduled for August 29 - September 3, and the Undergraduate Orientation Office is excited to welcome you and your families to Tufts. Everyone at Tufts is here to help you and your family understand the expectations and opportunities you will encounter as a member of the Tufts community. Our goal is to introduce you to your peers, upperclass students, faculty, staff and the many Tufts’ services as you begin your college journey. The information you will find on this site will be updated throughout the spring and summer, so keep checking back for new information on Orientation 2018. Don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!

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

Meet the 2018 Orientation Coordinators

Students on the opening night of Orientation

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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News & Announcements

Get Current - Join Raftr!

Raftr

Now there’s a better way to stay in the know! Tufts has partnered with Raftr, a new social network, to help students form deeper connections with classmates and campus events:

  • Raftr is organized around your interests. Any user can create a public or private “raft” for a team, club, organization, interest, or friend group.
  • It works in real time. Find out what’s happening right now on campus, and connect with others instantaneously.
  • It’s free. There’s no fee to join or use Raftr.
  • It’s fun. Raftr will connect you with other Tufts students in a new way that’s fast-paced, intuitive, and refreshingly thoughtful.

Join Raftr today to enjoy newsfeeds, chat rooms, and current events:

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Obtain a Student ID card with your Preferred (Common) Name

You now have the ability to obtain a Student ID card with your preferred (common) name! 

  1. Update your preferred name in SIS by clicking the pencil icon next to your name in the About Me tab. (Please note: preferred names can only be printed on Student ID cards if they contain alpha characters only.) Updating your preferred name in SIS will also update your name on class and grade rosters.
  2. If you are replacing an old Student ID card, contact Public Safety about your request for an updated Student ID card. (Incoming students requesting their first Tufts ID card do not need to contact Public Safety, but will have their preferred name appear on their ID card automatically.) 

There are a limited number of replacement IDs available at no charge for current students, and incoming students will never be charged for this service! Learn more about updating your name on your Student ID card.

As a reminder, you can also have your name updated for general communications at Tufts. (Your diploma records will remain as your legal name and, as of now, your Tufts User Name will not change).

Review Tufts' Preferred Name Policy

Student Personas

Students gather at FOCUS orientation program “FOCUS was a fantastic way to start off college--it was a great mix of meeting new people, doing community service, and exploring Boston!” - Megan Kuhnle 2019
Students walk hand in hand in front of Ballou Hall "It was a jumpstart to the college-belonging experience. The world was so much smaller for those three days." - Md Reshad Bin Harun 2018
Students on a wilderness trip "TWO made me feel as though I had a home in a place 2000 miles from where I'd come and turned my anxiety and fear into laughter and friendships." Doo-yun Her 2018