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First-Year Trips

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For Incoming Students


Frequently-Asked-Questions About 
First-Year Trips!

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Looking for more information about First-Year Trips 2023? More information will be shared in early summer 2023 -- keep an eye out!

Greetings to incoming students, families, and supporters! We are so excited to introduce First-Year Trips or “Trips” to you. We know you may have many questions about what First-Year Trips is and what it looks like–we hope this document will help answer some of those questions. This page will be updated with a more detailed FAQ in early summer 2023.

We are always available for further clarification and discussion; please feel free to email or give us a call at 603-646-3996. 

What is First-Year Trips? 

First-Year Trips, a program within the Outdoor Programs Office, is an orientation program that helps incoming first-year and transfer students begin their transition to Dartmouth in a supportive, welcoming environment. Students are placed into small groups, each of which is led by two upper-level Dartmouth students. As a trip, students and their Trip Leaders spend multiple days participating in one of a variety of activities that cater to a wide range of interests and comfort with the outdoors, including hiking, paddling, exploring museums, rock climbing, relaxing at a cabin, and more. Trips include a range of sleeping accommodations from staying underneath a tarp with no access to bathrooms to staying in an accessible location with access to indoor bathrooms! Feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns about accessibility and sleeping in shared spaces during Trips. 

First-Year Trips is a decades-old tradition that helps unify each class of incoming students, and we encourage everyone to participate in First-Year Trips. Absolutely no outdoors experience is required or expected to participate in and enjoy Trips. The wide range of activities available on Trips allows all students to find an environment and experience that is meaningful for them, and we will work with students to address any concerns and provide any necessary adjustments or accommodations.

Who can go on First-Year Trips?

All incoming first-year and transfer students can participate in Trips, regardless of outdoors experience, ability, participation in other pre-orientation program! If you are a fall varsity athlete and are not sure if your schedule will accommodate participating in First-Year Trips please reach out to your athletic coach. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please email us at

Last Updated: 12/16/22