Undergraduate Orientation

The Undergraduate Orientation team welcomes all new students to Tufts University! We are excited for your arrival and are currently preparing for a vibrant, meaningful and inviting experience as you transition to the Jumbo community. Undergraduate Orientation marks the beginning of an important journey for you and your family. At the heart of your Tufts education is an opportunity to grow as an individual, and as a member of a larger campus community. During Orientation, you’ll have the chance to start making valuable connections with peers, professors, administrators, and upperclass students. Some of the bonds that begin here are sure to last throughout your time at Tufts and even long after. Welcome to the Hill!

This website will be continually updated throughout the spring and over the summer. This will allow us to keep students and families updated on important information regarding Undergraduate Orientation and fall arrival.

What Happens During Orientation?

During Orientation, you’ll participate in a wide range of programs designed to familiarize you with campus resources, build community and connection, and establish skills for independence and responsibility. We divide our goals for Orientation into four broad categories: Intellectual Engagement and InquiryMeaningful InclusionCommunity and Belonging, and Health and Wellness.

Intellectual Engagement and Inquiry

New students actively engage in intellectual inquiry and exploration throughout Orientation.

  • We’ll help you take ownership over your academic experience at Tufts with workshops on college writing, studying for languages, studying for the sciences, and and preparing your artistic experience.
  • We’ll introduce you to academic resources at Tufts like the Student Accessibility and Academic Resources (StAAR) Center.
  • We’ll make sure you understand the importance of Academic Integrity in college.
  • We’ll help you practice interdisciplinary critical thinking, deepen your intellectual curiosity, and the explore the expression of your own ideas in and beyond the classroom.
Meaningful Inclusion

New students examine their own identities and the impact of power and privilege through several Orientation programs. They are also given opportunities to interact thoughtfully across difference, sustain dialogue, and build an inclusive community.

  • We’ll ask you to think about habits and behaviors that foster inclusion and respect.
  • We’ll help you examine implicit and explicit biases and think about how to challenge them.
  • We’ll provide you with opportunities connect with Tufts’ diverse group of students, faculty, and staff.
  • We’ll introduce you to identity-based resources at Tufts and discuss how our community members advocate for themselves and their peers.
Community and Belonging

New students learn to create communities and meaningful relationships during Orientation that foster a sense of shared responsibility.

  • We’ll explore care and concern for others within the Tufts community and outline community supports.
  • We’ll help you start the relationship-building process during Orientation and ask you to think about how it will continue throughout your college experience.
  • We’ll help you think about your own identity in relation to the greater Tufts community and how identity can impact community building.
Health and Wellness

New students learn healthy habits for physical, mental, and social well-being throughout Orientation.

Tufts University Undergraduate Orientation is committed to providing equal access to our services, events and programs. If you require accommodations for any part of Undergraduate Orientation please contact orientation@tufts.edu or 617-627-4678.

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

Sep 2, 2021
Please join President Anthony Monaco and other University leaders for this annual ceremony enrolling and welcoming new students into the Tufts Community. Watch Matriculation Ceremony
Sep 3, 2021
Meet the Academic Advising Deans one on one. Your advising dean will be a great resource for you throughout the year, so stop by to say hello and enjoy some delicious donuts.
Sep 5, 2021
Enjoy and opening performance by the Tufts Stand Up Comedy Collective and then sit back and enjoy comedian Rachel Sennott. Limited seating, tickets required at https://tuftstickets.universitytickets.com/. Buses will be provided for transportation and depart from the Mayer Campus Center.
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News & Announcements

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