Pre-Orientation Programs

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. The fee to participate in a pre-orientation program is $425.00.  For students on financial aid, pre-orientation costs are pro-rated based on financial aid percentages.  A student’s fee for pre-orientation does not impact a financial aid award in any way.

2021 Pre-Orientation Program Dates and Additional Information:


We are happy to report that Pre-Orientation programs will take place in-person! More detail on the specifics of program schedules will be released over the summer by individual program coordinators. 

Students should plan to arrive to campus in accordance with the start dates specific to their program (listed below). Please note that program placements will be sent out at the end of June. Details on arrival times and logistics will be communicated throughout the summer and updates will also be available through the Office of Residential Life and Learning.

Program Dates

BEAST: August 29 - September 1

CAFE: August 27 - September 1

CREATE: August 29 - September 1

FIT: August 29 - September 1

FOCUS: August 28 - September 1

GO: August 29 - September 1

SQUAD: August 29 - September 1

TWO: August 27 - September 1

While we are excited to offer in-person Pre-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.


Online registration for pre-orientation begins in early June 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 17, 2021.

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. Following the application deadline, students will be informed of program placement and instructions for confirmation and payment processes.