Orientation for Parents and Families

The dates for Undergraduate Orientation 2023 are August 30–September 4, 2023. Undergraduate Orientation is mandatory for all new students, including new transfer students. 2023 schedules will not be posted until summer 2023 when final plans are confirmed. For your information now, new parents and families may view last year's 2022 Parent and Family Matriculation Day schedule below. Please note this is last year's schedule and all times and programs are subject to change.

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

Incoming new students for fall 2023 will be introduced to the New Student Checklist on June 1, 2023. There is nothing to do regarding summer requirements and Undergraduate Orientation until June 1, 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 June 1, 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 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 30, 2023. 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.

Information about Parking and How to Get to Campus (by Air, Car, Public Transportation) is available on the Orientation Tips and Resources page.  

Matriculation Day - August 30, 2023

We will welcome parents and families on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 for the annual Matriculation Ceremony and other parent/family programming. The students' Undergraduate Orientation program begins at 4:30 pm 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 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.