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First Year Trips

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First-Year Trips is divided into 10 sections, with staggered overlapping dates (section A starts on Tuesday, section B starts on Wednesday, etc.).

Each section is five days long:

  • Day 1: Incoming students arrive in Hanover and check-in in the afternoon (approximately between 2-4pm). After check-in, everyone plays games to get to know each other, then each trip heads off to dinner separately to get to know each other. Trips spend the night in Hanover.
    • NOTE: As long as you arrive by 4:30pm on Day 1 of your trip, you will be perfectly on time! Do not arrive the day before—we will not be able to provide accommodations for you if you arrive before Day 1 of your trip. If you are concerned you might arrive later than 4:30pm on Day 1, it is not likely to be an issue, but contact us and we will help you find the best solution.
  • Day 2: Trips head off on busses to their drop-off points and head off on their trips. Some trips stay in cabins, others camp out.
  • Day 3: Trips spend a full day out in the wilderness and one more night out.
  • Day 4: Trips head out to their pick-up point and get bussed to the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, Dartmouth's home in the mountains. The whole section has dinner here, and spends the night.
  • Day 5: Trips get bussed back to Hanover sometime before 5pm. Earlier sections head back home for about week until orientation. Later sections move into their Residence Halls after their trip.


2019 Dates

A table here will eventually show an overview of the Trips schedule. You will not receive your first-year trip assignment until July, so please do not plan on attending a specific section until you are given your assignment. 


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Last Updated: 3/7/19