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First-Year Trips

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About the Program

While we understand you may be eager to make plans, we're currently working to ensure a fantastic welcome for the '24s, and will post more specific information about Trips 2020 in June. Hang tight, stay safe, healthy, and happy, and email us at with any questions! Additionally, please visit the frequently updated Dartmouth COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information on the College's current operations.

DOC First-Year Trips (or "Trips", as we call it) is a student-run, five-day outdoor pre-orientation program designed to welcome you to Dartmouth! We work to ease your transition to college by connecting you to your class and your peers at Dartmouth, who can in turn help you define your own experience and find your own sense of place here. Trips is a unique, incredible opportunity for you to bond with other incoming students, spend a few days in the beautiful area surrounding your new home, and meet upper-level leaders who are excited to welcome you.

Who should go on Trips?

Anyone coming to Dartmouth for the first time is eligible and encouraged to go on Trips, regardless of physical ability or outdoors experience! In recent years, more than 90% of first-year students have participated (including international, transfer, and exchange students), and those students' levels of comfort, interest, and experience with the outdoors have varied dramatically. Even if you are participating in another pre-orientation program, are a fall-season athlete or are a transfer or exchange student, you are both eligible and encouraged to participate in Trips. Trips is a program for everyone; we will work with you to make sure that you can go on a Trip which fits your comfort level, physical ability and interests.

If you are a recruited fall-season athlete, please indicate which sport you play on your registration form. Each team has its own preseason timing and we work with coaches to assign you to a section that best fits your schedule. Check back sooner to Trips for more specific information regarding participating in Trips and your sport.

We work closely with the College's Student Accessibility Services Office and are committed to making the Trips program as accommodating as possible. If you are concerned about accommodations on Trips or your ability to participate, please contact Student Accessibility Services, and they will work with us and provide us with the information we need to meet your needs.

Trips is also highly committed to making participation as financially accessible as possible. Finances should not stop you from coming on Trips. Anyone receiving financial aid from Dartmouth is eligible for financial aid on Trips, proportional to the aid they receive for Dartmouth in general. We work closely with the College's Financial Aid office to ensure that finances are not a barrier to participation on Trips. Please contact us with any questions or concerns; we will work with you to make sure you can afford to come. 

Just can't wait?

Neither can we! Literally hundreds of students and staff members are working extremely hard, prepping to make Trips 2020 the best it can be. Please feel free to say hi to us in the meantime, through email, on Facebook or Instagram. We love you already, '24s!





Last Updated: 5/7/20