Orientation for Parents and Families
The dates for Undergraduate Orientation 2023 are August 29–September 4, 2023. Undergraduate Orientation is mandatory for all new students, including new transfer students. Student orientation schedules will be posted summer 2023 when final plans are confirmed.
Detailed information about programming for parents and families timed with Pre-Orientation and Orientation arrivals/move-in days will be posted this spring/summer.
Tufts also offers eight optional Pre-Orientation programs, which take place prior to Undergraduate Orientation. Registration for these programs will open on June 1, 2023.
What Your Student Needs to Know Now / New Student Checklist
Incoming new students for Fall 2023 will be introduced to the New Student Checklist on May 30, 2023. There is nothing to do regarding summer requirements and Undergraduate Orientation until May 30, 2023. The New Student Checklist will guide new students through the summer and detail out several requirements they must complete prior to arrival. In addition, over the summer incoming students may access a full listing of academic requirements and information sessions through Academic Essentials on Canvas which will conclude with choosing fall courses towards the end of August, prior to arrival. All necessary access for summer 2023 will begin with the opening of the New Student Checklist on May 30, 2023. The Undergraduate Orientation team will also be in regular contact with new students and families throughout the summer in preparation for Fall 2023. Please note information is subject to change for the coming year. Please refer to this website for updated information. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students participating in a Pre-Orientation program will arrive and move-in on Thursday, August 24, 2023, times are TBD and will be determined by program. For students residing on the Medford campus, arrival/check-in will be at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA. For BFA students living in Boston, arrival/check-in 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 Tuesday August 29, 2023, times are TBD. For students residing on the Medford campus, arrival/check-in will be at the Joyce Cummings Center, 177 College Ave, Medford, MA. For BFA students living in Boston, arrival/check-in will be at 230 Fenway, Boston MA. Students will need to check-in first prior to moving into residence hall rooms.
Information about Parking and How to Get to Campus (by Air, Car, Public Transportation) is available on the Orientation Tips and Resources page.
On Tuesday August 29, 2023, following the check-in and move in process, families are welcomed to stay on campus for optional family programming. Details and information will be updated regularly on this website and a full parent/family program schedule will be finalized in summer 2023.
Matriculation Day - August 30, 2023
The annual Matriculation Ceremony will take place during the morning hours of Wednesday, August 30, 2023, time TBD. Parent's and families are welcome to attend the ceremony. For parents/families not able to attend the ceremony will be live streamed and recorded. The students' Undergraduate Orientation program begins after lunch on August 30, which is when all parents/families should plan to depart campus. The full 2023 Matriculation Day schedule for parents and families will not be finalized until summer 2023. Above you will find a sample schedule from 2022.
Please note that parents/families coming for Pre-Orientation arrival/move-in are welcome to come back to campus on Tuesday August 29th and Wednesday August 30 to participate in the day’s activities, but are not required to. The Matriculation Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for later viewing.
New Student Parent/Family Welcome Programming
Throughout the summer the Undergraduate Orientation Office will offer several webinars for new parents and families. The schedule for 2023 will be posted here later in spring 2023. For your information recordings of past webinars from summer 2022 and emails can be found here. Please note all information from 2022 is subject to change for 2023.