The Undergraduate Orientation Committee is excited to welcome First-Year and Transfer students and your families to Tufts University! We are here to help you understand the expectations and opportunities you will encounter as a member of the Tufts community. We are working to make sure that Orientation 2021 will be a positive and informative experience for the next incoming class. Dates and details will be released as decided.

New Student Orientation 2021 will run from Thursday, September 2 to Monday, September 6. On Tuesday, September 7, the University celebrates Rosh Hashana. Therefore, classes will begin on Wednesday, September 8. Orientation will be presented virtually with a range of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities. We also hope to add some small group, in-person programming opportunities.

The annual Matriculation Ceremony and other optional parent and family programming will be presented virtually on Thursday, September 2 at a time to be announced. These programs will be recorded and posted to our website to be watched at your convenience. While parents and families will be able to assist their students with arrival, there will be no on-campus, in-person programming for parents and families.

NOTE: While we hope all new students will be on campus during Orientation, we have no information at this time on what arrival and move-in dates will be. With guidance from the Tufts Administration and medical directors we hope to be able to share arrival information and dates soon. Updated arrival information will also be available through the Office of Residential Life and Learning

Learn more about how Tufts University is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Examples of the 2020 virtual Undergraduate Orientation can be found on the Programs and Calendars page.

What You Need to Know Now

Register for the New Student Checklist 101 webinar on June 2 at 7 p.m. (students only)

Submit a question for the New Student Checklist 101 webinar

Register for New Parents and Families webinar on June 3 at 7 p.m.

Submit a question for the New Parents and Families webinar

Programs for Parents and Families will also run virtually and be added to the calendar as they are finalized.

Questions? Contact Orientation@tufts.edu.

Are you an incoming AS&E Graduate Student? Explore Graduate Orientation!

Students on the opening night of Orientation

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Jun 2, 2021
Join the Tufts New Student Orientation team for a welcome and information session open to all new students. Staff and student coordinators will go over all parts of the New Student Checklist, review your summer responsibilities, and discuss summer communications. In addition, academic representatives will review important academic planning responsibilities for the summer. Please register for the New Student Checklist 101 webinar. You can also submit a question ahead of time.
Jun 3, 2021
In this session, the Orientation Team and the Office of Student Affairs will welcome the parents and families of new Tufts students. We will review our summer communications plans for parents as well as share what students are responsible for during the summer, such as completing the New Student Checklist. This session is open to parents and guardians of all new students, including transfer students. Please register in advance. You can also submit a question ahead of time.
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Guidance for the Tufts Community Related to the Coronavirus

Tufts continues to monitor the circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) along with various public health partners. Please review our Community and Travel Guidance Related to the Coronavirus for the latest updates, including external resources and preventative measures.

Review Tufts' Community and Travel Guidance Related to the Coronavirus


Wondering What It's Like to Live on Campus?

Are you a new undergraduate student with a question about living on campus?  Check out our list of frequently asked questions and answers!  Find out:

  • Who is required to live on campus? Who is guaranteed campus housing?
  • How are first year housing assignments conducted? How are roommates selected?
  • Who are the people in the residential community who can help if I need anything?
  • What should I bring to campus? What am I allowed to bring into the residence halls?
  • And many more!

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions about Living on Campus


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