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 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.

2023 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 Thursday, August 24, 2023.

Students should plan to arrive to campus in accordance with this program start date and the program-specific time block listed below. Students should make every effort to arrive at their assigned time. Those who arrive outside their assigned window may be asked to wait until their designated time to get checked in. Additional 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.

7:00 - 9:00 AM: TWO, CREATE

9:00 - 11:00 AM: FOCUS, GO

11:00 - 1:00 PM: FIT, SQUAD

1:00 - 3:00 PM: BEAST, CAFE, SHAPE


Registration for Pre-Orientation will open on May 30, 2023 via the New Student Checklist. It will close on June 15, 2023. 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

NOTE: The information on each separate Pre-Orientation program may reflect 2022 program details. 2023 specific information for each Pre-Orientation program will not be updated until early 2023.  All information posted here is subject to change.


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