Parents and Families

Orientation Events for Parents and Families

The dates for Undergraduate Orientation 2022 are August 31 - September 5, 2022. Undergraduate Orientation is mandatory for all new students, including new transfer students. Official scheduling details will be posted over the summer as plans are confirmed. Tufts also offers eight optional Pre-Orientation programs, which take place prior to Undergraduate Orientation. Registration for these programs will open on June 1, 2022 and close on June 15, 2022.

What Your Student Needs to Know Now / New Student Checklist

Throughout the summer students should be continually reviewing their New Student Summer Checklist. The Summer Checklist will guide new students through the summer and detail out several requirements they must complete prior to arrival. Incoming students may access a full listing of academic information sessions and webinars through Academic Essentials on Canvas. The Undergraduate Orientation team will also be in regular contact with new students throughout the summer in preparation for Fall 2022. Parents and families will receive periodic communication. Please refer to this website for updated information and an archive of past messages. If you have questions, please contact Orientation@tufts.edu.

Arrival Information

Students participating in a Pre-Orientation program will arrive and move-in on the start date of the specific program they are participating in. Arrival/check-in time will be 9 am – 3 pm at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA. Check out Tufts Pre-Orientation for details and information on program arrival dates. Students not participating in a Pre-Orientation program will arrive and move-in on Wednesday, August 31. Arrival/check-in time will be 8 am – 12 pm at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA.  We will welcome parents and families on Wednesday, August 31st for the annual Matriculation Ceremony and other parent/family programming. A full schedule of arrival day will be available later in the summer. The student's Undergraduate Orientation program begins at 5 pm on the 31st, which is when all parents/families should plan to depart campus. Please refer to the Office of Residential Life and Learning for updated arrival information.

Please note that parents/families coming for Pre-Orientation arrival/move-in are welcome to come back to campus on Wednesday, August 31 to participate in the day’s activities, but are not required to. The Matriculation Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for later viewing.

Additionally, Tufts Undergraduate Orientation will sponsor several welcoming and informational programs over the summer for parents and families. The programs planned to date are listed below. These programs will all be held virtually via a Zoom webinar.  Dates, times, and registration information will be posted on a rolling basis. All programs will be recorded and posted for later viewing. 

Incoming students may access a full listing of academic information sessions and webinars through Academic Essentials on Canvas.  

Parent and Family Resources

New Student Parent/Family Welcome Programming 

June 29, 2022, 9am EST, Introduction to the International Center. Register hereThis program is for international students and their families.
Come and meet the staff of the International Center and learn more about our programs and services for international students. Get updates on immigration related matters and pointers from returning international students on how international students can make a successful start at Tufts.

July 7, 7 pm EST, Residential Life and Learning at Tufts. Register here. These programs are for students, parents and families. 
Presented by the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL)

July 12, 2022, 7pm EST, Academic Support at the StAAR Center: Preparing for your First Year at Tufts. Register here. This program is for students, parents and families.
This workshop is aimed at families who wish to learn more about the academic support available at Tufts through its Student Accessibility and Academic Resource (StAAR) Center.  Learn about our Academic Coaching program and how to prepare for the college transition, what academic support resources are available to Tufts students, and how and when to connect for help.

July 19, 2022, 8 pm EST, Supporting Your Student Through Their Pre-Health Major Journey. This program is for parents/guardians only.
Join us in discussing the many ways students navigate a pre-health path at Tufts, and the resources the Health Professions Advising (HPA) Office offers. The HPA team will be on hand to answer questions for Tufts parents and discuss how families can best support their students through this rewarding journey.

August 4, 2022, 7 pm EST, Love and Boundaries: Your Family’s Transition to College. This program is for new parents and families.
A moderated discussion with current parents and families.

August 9, 7 pm EST, Financial Aid and Student Employment at Tufts. This program is for students, parents and families.
Presented by the Financial Aid Office, this session will give you an introduction to the world of student employment and the basics of Financial Aid at Tufts.

August 11, 2022, 7 pm EST, SMFA Parents and Families Welcome. This program is for new parents and families. 
Meet the SMFA at Tufts Dean and Student Support Team to discuss how to best support your student and their transition to Tufts.

August 17, 2022, 7 pm EST, Meet the Advising Deans. This program is for students, parents and families. 
Each undergraduate student is assigned an advising dean who will help them navigate their degree program at Tufts. Learn about advising and academic support and how the Office of Undergraduate Education partners with students and parents.

August 23, 2022, 7 pm EST, After the Drop Off. This program is for new parents and families. 
Join staff from Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health and Health Promotion to discuss services and resources for all new students.

August 31, 2022, 1:15 pm EST, Matriculation Ceremony, Academic Quad. This program is for students, parents and families. 
The annual Matriculation Ceremony will happen in-person on the Academic Quad. We welcome parents and families to join us at this annual ceremony as President Monaco officially matriculates the new students into Tufts.  For parents and families not able to attend, the program will be live streamed and also recorded and posted on this website for later viewing.