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 $450.00.  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.

2022 Pre-Orientation Program Dates and Additional Information:

Pre-Orientation programs all take place prior to the start of Undergraduate Orientation. Participants arrive to campus early and officially move-in to their residence hall rooms on their Pre-Orientation program arrival date, which is the first day of their Pre-Orientation program.

Students should plan to arrive to campus in accordance with the start dates specific to their program (listed below). 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:

  • Thursday, August 25: TWO (Tufts Wilderness Orientation) and CAFE (Conversation, Action, Faith, and Education)
  • Friday, August 26: FOCUS (Freshmen Orientation CommUnity Service)
  • Saturday, August 27: BEAST (Building Engagement and Access for Students at Tufts), CREATE (Cultivate Relationships While Engaging with Arts at Tufts Experience), FIT (Fitness and Individual Development at Tufts), GO (Global Orientation), SQUAD (Students Quest for Unity in the African Diaspora)

Registration 

Registration for Pre-Orientation will open on June 1, 2022 via the New Student Checklist. It will close on June 15, 2022. When accessing the registration form, students will rank their preference of program but will not officially be placed in a program until late June. Those notifications will be sent to students' Tufts emails. As a reminder, participants are guaranteed a spot in a Pre-Orientation program, but it may not be their first choice. Additionally, payment is not due until students submit confirmation that they will be attending Pre-Orientation. Any questions about this process may be directed to preorientation@tufts.edu

Pre-Orientation Leaders

Current Tufts students are eligible to apply to be part of the Pre-Orientation staff. The application link is below. Applications open on January 17th and close on February 17th at 11:59pm. We look forward to reviewing your materials!

Apply to Be a Pre-Orientation Leader