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First-Year Students: Your trip assignments are now available to view! Please read this whole page of important information  about your trip assignment (also sent to you via email) before viewing your trip assignment on the registration site.

If you would like to submit a late registration or have any other questions, please email us at or call us at (603) 646-3996!

Welcome to Trips 2017!

We are SO thrilled you've decided to go on a trip and we cannot wait to meet you this fall. With your arrival to Hanover in just a few weeks, we hope you are looking forward to joining the Dartmouth community and making it your own.

After reviewing all the registration forms, we're excited to let you know that you have been assigned to a DOC Trip! Before you view your trip assignment, please read this page in its entirety. The information below is extremely important and answers the most common questions incoming students have about their trip.Before looking at your trip assignment, please read this page in its entirety. The information below is extremely important and answers the most common questions incoming students have about their trip.

Your trip assignment will include both a section (A-J) and a trip type (Hiking 1, Flatwater Kayaking, Adventure Quest, etc.). The trip type is denoted by a number. The specific section you have been assigned to is very important as it indicates:

  • When you need to arrive in Hanover -- Please refer to our calendar for the date each section needs to arrive for the start of their trip.
  • When you can move-in to your residence hall
    • Students assigned to sections A-D CANNOT access their residence hall room until September 5th unless you have explicit permission from the Housing Office. When you come to Hanover for your section A-D trip, ONLY bring the items you need for your trip. We do NOT offer storage for your residence hall room supplies.
    • Students assigned to sections E-J can access their residence hall room the day their DOC Trip begins (but NOT any earlier) to store any belongings not needed on the trip. When storing your belongings in your room on the day you arrive, please do so prior to Trips. You can move into and reside in your room once you have returned from your section E-J Trip. You cannot stay in your room overnight until your trip has ended. Also please note that students on Section J will return in time for move-in day. **If you are an international student and need to arrive the day before your trip starts, please contact the housing office.
    • To parents/guardians/friends interested in helping their student move-in: please plan on doing this after your student has returned from his/her DOC Trip. Though students on sections E-J are allowed to store their belongings in their room PRIOR to Trips, they are not allowed to officially move in until this time. (Students on section E-J trips can store belongings in their rooms during their trip, but cannot unpack and move in until their trip concludes).

We have done our very best to assign you to one of your desired trip types on a trip section that works well with your schedule. Every effort was made to honor your top preferences, however, because we have a limited number of trips on every section, we were not always able to meet your top preferences. We have worked (and continue to work) very hard to make sure that every trip type can provide an outstanding experience.

Changing Your Trip:

**If you can no longer attend the section we have assigned you, please contact us ASAP. We want you to participate in a first-year trip, so we will do everything in our power to make participating a reality. That being said, please do not request to change your trip or section unless absolutely necessary. The Trips program is extremely grateful to be very close to full capacity this year, but that also means that moving you from your original trip assignment is difficult. As noted above, we did our best to assign you to a trip you are excited about, but given the size of the program it is extremely difficult to change your trip type. If there is a specific circumstance that will impact your participation (i.e. medical condition, accessibility needs, etc.), please reach out to us and we will find a trip to suit your needs; we work closely with Dartmouth's Student Accessibility Services office and we're committed to providing accommodations for your accessibility needs. Please contact us to let us know what you need and we will gladly adjust your trip as necessary. All information will be kept confidential.


On your trip assignment page, you will see the cost of your DOC First-Year Trip (this includes the additional cost of DOC membership, your bus assignment, and any Green Fund donations -- if you elected to participate in any of those) and whether you are receiving financial assistance. The cost will automatically be billed to your College account and will show up on your financial statement during fall term. Thus, you DO NOT need to send us direct payment (credit card information, etc.). Financial assistance will be deducted from the cost of your trip and will be reflected on your statement. If the cost of your DOC Trip is still a barrier for you, please contact us as soon as possible and we can work something out!

Equipment & Packing List
With your trip assignment, you will see a packing list designed specifically for your trip. Please review the following steps to ensure you are prepared for your trip:

  • Step 1 - READ: Look through your packing list to determine what is required, suggested, optional, and not allowed. You may not need serious backpacking gear for your trip (ex: cabin camping trips will be totally fine with a duffel bag instead of a frame pack). Carefully read over what you need, figure out what gear you already have, and move on to step #2!
  • Step 2 - ASK AROUND: Before you buy lots of new camping gear, ASK friends, neighbors, relatives, classmates, etc. if you can borrow their equipment. You do not need new equipment -- old-school gear is totally fine as long as it works properly! We do not advise you to borrow hiking boots, but ask around and see what else you may be able to borrow for your trip (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, frame pack, etc.)! Also keep an eye on our blog for a post about the packing list. It will provide images and examples of suitable equipment. Once you've asked around for gear to borrow, it's time for step #3!
  • Step 3 - BUY: Now that you have identified what you need, what you already have, and what you can borrow -- it's time to purchase any other items on your packing list. We suggest visiting your local Army/Navy Surplus Store, thrift stores, rummage sales, or outdoor gear stores (such as REI, Sierra Trading Post, EMS). Staff at these stores can assist you in figuring out what kind of gear will meet your needs and budget. If you only plan to use these items once, don't spend much money. However, if you plan to use this gear in the future, it might make sense to invest in more durable outdoors equipment.
    • **IMPORTANT** - Every year, many incoming students make the mistake of bringing brand-new hiking boots on their trip. You WILL get blisters on your feet if you are hiking in boots/shoes that have never been worn before -- it's not fun and you will be thinking about your feet the entire time instead of enjoying your trip! If you are getting new hiking boots or shoes to hike in, we highly recommend you buy them several weeks in advance and wear them around for several days so you can 'break-in' the new shoes. Wearing your new hiking boots for several days before your trip allows your boots to adjust to the size and shape of your feet -- and reduces the number of blisters you will get!
  • Step 4 - IF ALL ELSE FAILS, BORROW: If you are completely unable to find or purchase the gear you need for your trip, we have a limited number of items we can lend you, free of charge. Requests to borrow gear are NOT handled on a first-come, first-serve basis; rather, priority is given to students receiving financial assistance. We will do our best to accommodate all requests for equipment, but we encourage you to explore other options BEFORE requesting to borrow from us. To request equipment, please complete the gear request form BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2017. This is the latest you can request gear. You can access the gear request form at the following link:
    • Students may borrow the following items from DOC Trips:
      • Sleeping bags
      • Sleeping pads
      • Frame packs/hiking packs
      • Fishing rods (Note: For fishing trips only)

Alright, now that you've made it through all those important instructions and details (thank you!!), here's the link you've been waiting for! You can view your trip assignment by going to and logging in with your NetID and password. If you are unable to access your trip assignment, please contact us immediately.

Final Reminders
We know this is a LOT of information to process, so feel free to contact us with any questions. Please note that we are doing the best we can to balance the needs and requests of over 1000 incoming students, so we appreciate your flexibility and patience throughout this process. We ask that you mark your calendar with the dates of your assigned trip; it's important that you make your travel and move-in plans with the start date of your DOC Trip in mind. **If there any circumstances that would prevent you from going on a First-Year trip, please contact us ASAP. 

Going on a DOC Trip will be one of your first experiences at Dartmouth and we are so thrilled (and humbled) to be part of that. Whether you spend your trip kayaking on the Connecticut River, exploring the Dartmouth Organic Farm, fishing in the Second College Grant, or hiking in the White Mountains, we hope you are feeling excited and prepared for the trip we've assigned you.

On behalf of the 350+ student volunteers who are working hard to make DOC Trips a success, welcome to Dartmouth and see you this fall!

-- Doug & Apoorva

Doug Phipps '17 

Director, DOC First-Year Trips

Apoorva Dixit '17

Associate Director, DOC First-Year Trips

If you have any other questions or would like to submit a late registration, please contact us at or call our office at (603) 646-3996.


Additional information:

  • Read this warm welcome from the Trips Directors!
  • Check out this letter from our Dean of the College Rebecca Biron about Trips!
  • Check out this note from Professor of Computer Science and past Trips Director, David Kotz '86!

We encourage you to look at our Calendar for information regarding the dates and scheduling of DOC Trips.

Last Updated: 7/8/17