Orientation 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. 

View One-Day Aug. 31 Parent/Family Matriculation Day Schedule

Tufts also offers eight optional Pre-Orientation programs, which take place prior to Undergraduate Orientation. Registration for these programs has closed.

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. In addition, during the summer incoming students may access a full listing of required and optional academic information sessions through Academic Essentials on Canvas. This will conclude with choosing fall courses at the end of August, prior to arrival. 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. 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. For students residing on the Medford campus, arrival/check-in time will be 9 am – 3 pm at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA. For BFA students living in Boston, arrival/check-in time will be 9 am – 3 pm at 230 Fenway, Boston MA. Students will need to check-in first prior to moving into residence hall rooms. 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. For students residing on the Medford campus, arrival/check-in time will be 8 am – 12 pm at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA. For BFA students living in Boston, arrival/check-in time will be 8 am – 11 am at 230 Fenway, Boston MA. Students will need to check-in first prior to moving into residence hall rooms.

We will welcome parents and families on Wednesday, August 31 for the annual Matriculation Ceremony and other parent/family programming. A full schedule of arrival/Matriculation day is available now. The students' Undergraduate Orientation program begins at 4:30 pm on August 31, 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.

A schedule of August 31 Arrival and Matriculation Day programming is available now. 

New Student Parent/Family Welcome Programming 

Recordings of past summer webinars and emails can be found here. Below lists are remaining summer webinars for parents and families.

August 9, 7 pm EST, Financial Aid and Student Employment at Tufts. Register here. This program is for students, parents and families.
This session 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 17, 2022, 7 pm EST, Meet the Advising Deans. Register here. 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, SMFA Parents and Families Welcome. Register here. 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 BFA and Dual Degree student and their transition to Tufts.

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.