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First-Year Trips

Communications about First-Year Trips have been sent to incoming students via their Dartmouth email. Click here to access the registration form. As always, reach out to with any questions.

Want to stay in touch? Check out our Instagram over the summer for frequent posts and chances to connect!

Mission Statement

First-Year Trips is a transition-to-Dartmouth program that supports incoming students by providing an engaging and fun space where they can develop a sense of belonging to Dartmouth and its surrounding areas through a small-group, inclusive, and accessible overnight, outdoor experience. We center incoming students’ experiences and provide them with layers of peer support and the opportunity to build lasting and intentional connections within the Dartmouth community. Trips also creates an environment for peer leaders to both reflect on their time at Dartmouth and play a meaningful role in introducing Dartmouth to others.

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 a unique opportunity to spend a few days bonding with other incoming students in the beautiful area surrounding your new home. Each Trip is led by two current Dartmouth students who are excited to welcome you. Trips allows you to mark your transition to Dartmouth by connecting with your peers, while beginning to find your own sense of place here.

Commitment to Accessibility

All incoming students are eligible and encouraged to participate in First-Year Trips, regardless of ability or outdoors experience! We will work with you 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.

We firmly believe that there there are no wrong ways and many right ways to interact with the outdoors. We want to enable you to connect to your peers in nature in the way that feels best to you.

Our Trip types are built to be accessible to a wide variety of needs. In addition, 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.  

Financially, there is a fee associated with First-Year Trips. However, we work closely with Dartmouth's Financial Aid office to automatically adjust this fee with in line with the aid you recieve from the college. If you have concerns about financial accessiblity, please reach out to us.

Health and safety

Along with the Outdoor Programs Office, New Student Programs, and the rest of the College, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will update as needed.

Want to know more about going on Trips?

See this page for a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about First-Year Trips. Check out our list of activities on trips here, or check your email (or the New Student Orientation website) for more detailed communication.

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 2022 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, '26s!




Last Updated: 6/20/22