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First-Year Trips

Looking for information about 2021 arrival dates for incoming students? Please click here. First-Year Trips 2021 will run after all incoming students have arrived to campus in two sections integrated into the New Student Orientation schedule. Keep an eye out in early July for registration information related to trip types and sections! As always, reach out to with any questions.

Mission Statement

First-Year Trips is an orientation experience which aims to support the transition of incoming students to Dartmouth while fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment for all new members of the Dartmouth community. First-Year Trips collaborates with New Student Orientation and Outdoor Programs to provide peer-led, small-group connections in the spaces and places within and surrounding Dartmouth’s campus.

First-years enjoying the view after a day of climbing.   First-year running through a tunnel of his classmates.

About the program

First-Year Trips provides you an unique opportunity to spend a few days bonding with other incoming students in the beautiful area surrounding your new home with upper-level leaders who are excited to welcome you. Trips allows you to mark your transition to Dartmouth by connecting with your peers, while beginning finding you own sense of place here.

All incoming students are eligible and encouraged to participate in First-Year Trips, regardless of ability or outdoors experience! We will work to find a Trip which fits your comfort level, abilities, and interests, even if you're participating in another pre-orientation program, or are a transfer or exchange student. First-Year Trips is welcome everyone.

We work closely with many other offices and programs at Dartmouth, including the Student Accessibility Services, Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS), and Financial Aid. If you are concerned about your ability to participate for any reason, please reach out to New Student Orientation and we'll work with you and campus partners to address concerns or barriers to your participation.  

Just can't wait?

Neither can we! Literally so many students and collaborators from all over the college are working extremely hard, prepping to make First-Year Trips 2021 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, '25s!

  Students on First-Year Trips stand on a bridge over the Swift Diamond River, Second College Grant, NH   Hiking on FYT




Last Updated: 7/6/21