Parents and Families

Orientation Events for Parents and Families

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. We are happy to report that Orientation will be presented in-person.  More detail on the specifics of the schedule will be released throughout the summer. We are also very excited to announce that Pre-Orientation programs will happen in-person. Pre-Orientation registration has now ended and student participants should be receiving detailed information from their program coordinators.

Arrival Information!

The official arrival day for new students is Wednesday September 1. For details on arrival protocol, arrival times, and location please refer to the Office of Residential Life and Learning. Students participating in a Pre-Orientation program will arrive to campus earlier at the start of their program. You can view Pre-Orientation arrival dates. In addition, we encourage all students to visit the Tufts Coronavirus website before coming to campus. The website is your best source for current information since we may need to revise our guidelines in accordance with changes in national, state, and local public health requirements. If you have additional questions, you can contact While we are excited to offer mostly in-person 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.

Our Parent and Family welcome programming will be presented virtually this year. Please scroll below to see program descriptions, dates, and links. All programs will be recorded and posted for families to watch at their leisure. While parents and families will be able to come to campus to assist their students with arrival, there will be NO on-campus, in-person programming for parents and families this year. Pre-Orientation participants should plan for full arrival on the arrival date of their program. September 1 arrival is only for students not participating in Pre-Orientation. Parents and families of Pre-Orientation participants should NOT be planning to return to campus on September 1.

The annual Matriculation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 2, at 10:45am EST as a part of New Student Orientation. The Matriculation Ceremony will be presented in person for students and streamed for parents and families to view. Parents and Families will not be allowed to attend the Matriculation Ceremony in person.

The Parent/Family Welcome Programming can be viewed below. Additional information will be posted as plans are developed. There are also links to post questions for the various presentations. An archive of weekly emails sent to incoming students throughout the summer can be viewed in the sidebar of the Programs and Calendars page.

Parent and Family Resources

New Student Parent/Family Welcome Programming 

Monday, August 16, 7pm EST

Meet the Advising Deans

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.

Please register for the Meet the Advising Deans webinar. You can submit a question for the webinar.

Tuesday, August 17, 7pm EST

SMFA Parents and Families Welcome

Meet the SMFA at Tufts Dean and Student Support Team to discuss how to best support your student and their transition to Tufts.

Please register for the SMFA Parents and Families Welcome webinar. You can submit a question for the webinar.

Wednesday, August 18, 7pm EST

After the Drop Off, presented by Health Services 

Join staff from Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health and Health Promotion to discuss services and resources for all new students.

Please register for the After the Drop Off webinar. You can submit a question for the webinar.

Thursday, September 2, 10:45am EST

Matriculation Ceremony (Link to view live will be posted on 9/2)

This annual ceremony where President Monaco will enroll and welcome all new students will take place in-person for students ONLY.  Parents and families will be able to view live or watch at a later time.