Pre-Orientation Programs

COVID-19-Update:  On June 23rd Tufts University announced their plans for the fall semester. You can find further information regarding the fall here

On June 3rd the Pre-Orientation team announced that this years programs will be virtual experiences that are free of cost to all students. You can read more about the decision in the June 3rd message to incoming students.

Each year we offer several innovative pre-orientation opportunities to incoming students, including transfer and commuter students. These programs are optional, but in recent years over half of the incoming class has participated in one of the either programs we offer. The pre-orientation programs are an opportunity to get involved on campus early, meet upperclass leaders and mentors, gain valuable leadership skills, and meet other students with similar interests before orientation officially begins. Students look back at their participation in these programs as a great start of their Tufts experience.

2020 Pre-Orientation Program Dates

August 20 - August 25

CAFE - Conversation, Action, Faith and Education

August 21 - August 24

GO - Global Orientation

August 22 - August 25

BEAST - Building Engagement and Access to Students at Tufts
CREATE (previously Arts @ Tufts)
FIT - Fitness and Individual Development at Tufts
FOCUS - First-year Orientation CommUnity Service
SQUAD - Student's Quest for Unity in the African Diaspora
TWO - Tufts Wilderness Orientation



Online registration for pre-orientation begins in May through the Application Status page. You can register for any of the eight programs with the same online application. The deadline for registration is June 10.

Each program has a maximum number of participants. Programs with more registrants than capacity will use a random selection process to fill spots. You will be asked to rank a minimum of three program choices. If you do not get into your first-choice program and you will be placed in on of your other choices. While we cannot guarantee you a spot in your program of choice, we can guarantee you a spot in one of the eight programs.

We will send you an email in mid June with information about your placement(s) in the pre-orientation program.

If you missed the deadline but are still interested in Pre-Orientation, please reach out to as we may still have spots in some of the programs.