Welcome to the Herd, Jumbos! | May 09, 2023
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Welcome to Tufts! We're excited to have you as a new student and can't wait to meet you this fall! You'll be making your way to campus before you know it. Ahead of your arrival, each week, you will be receiving important reminders, key updates, and introductions to staff and resources. We will send all official University communications to your @tufts.edu email address starting on June 6, so it is important that you get your Tufts email account set up now and check it often. Be sure to check your Tufts email each Tuesday afternoon starting June 6. This week, we are introducing some of the departments and staff that you'll be meeting when you first get to campus.
New Student Checklist 101 Webinar
On Tuesday, May 30, you will receive an email that will inform you that the New Student Checklist is open. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, May 30, at 7 p.m. ET for our New Student Checklist 101 webinar. During this meeting, we will introduce the Orientation team and review the New Student Checklist with you. The checklist will guide you through a variety of required or suggested steps to complete over the summer.
Registration for the webinar is required. Please submit any questions you want us to answer during the meeting in advance. Don't worry if you can't make this time work. We will post a video recording of this session to our website within a few days of the event. Please note that this meeting is intended only for students. On Wednesday, May 31, we are holding a webinar intended for parents and families that has a different registration link. They will learn about this in a separate message to them.
Orientation and Campus Arrival
New students who choose to participate in an optional Pre-Orientation program will arrive and move in on Thursday, August 24. Please refer to the Pre-Orientation web page for further details.
Students not participating in a Pre-Orientation program should plan to arrive on Tuesday, August 29. Undergraduate Orientation is mandatory for all new students, including new transfer students. Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 30, at 1 p.m. and runs through Monday, September 4. Classes start on Tuesday, September 5.
On the August 24 and 29 move-in dates, there will be programming for parents and families at 3–5 p.m. Parents and families are also welcome to campus on August 30 for the annual Matriculation Ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be livestreamed, as well. Specific details on arrival, move-in, and Orientation will be available later in the summer. In the meantime, please also refer to the Undergraduate Orientation web page and the Office of Residential Life and Learning web page for updates.
What Happens During Orientation?
Our Orientation program is designed to familiarize you with campus resources, build community and connection, and establish skills for your independence and responsibility. We divide our goals for Orientation into four broad categories:
- Intellectual Engagement and Inquiry
- Meaningful Inclusion
- Community and Belonging
- Health and Wellness
Our Orientation Team will get you started when you first arrive, but there are lots of other faculty and staff at Tufts who are looking forward to meeting you! Jumbos, meet your Student Life Team:
- Dean of Students Office: We are your central hub for co-curricular resources at Tufts. The Orientation, Residential Life and Learning, Office of Campus Life, Health and Wellness, Career Center, and Family Engagement teams report to the Dean of Students. We are all available to assist your transition to Tufts!
- Student Services: Within the Registrar's office, Student Services is a great place to start if you're unsure who to contact with a question or concern.
Academic Advising: We are a primary resource for academic matters at Tufts. We're here to help you register for courses, identify your academic interests, and answer questions about academic policies.
Residential Life and Learning: We're so much more than where you live. We offer residentially based programs throughout the year and are one of the largest student employers on campus.
Office for Campus Life: We support more than 330 student organizations at Tufts, and we work with student government and the Tufts University Social Collective on initiatives and programming.
Follow Student Life on Social Media!
Learn about upcoming events, get reminders about dates and deadlines, and stay in touch with all things Tufts! Follow Student Life on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook!
Here's What's Coming Up Next
You'll have a few responsibilities over the summer, and many of them can be completed online. Your customized New Student Checklist 2023 will be posted on May 30, and it will help you stay on track over the summer. Keep a lookout for this important summer "to-do" list. It will include the Housing Survey for all students, which will open on June 1. It will also include Academic Essentials, your introduction to academics at Tufts, which will open on June 6.
Pre-Orientation programs are an opportunity to get involved on campus early, meet upperclass mentors, gain leadership skills, and meet other students with similar interests. We'll be opening registration for "Pre-O" on June 1. If you'd like to participate in one of our 9 programs, be sure to register by June 15.
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