Pre-Orientation Optional Programs


Each year Tufts offers several innovative, optional pre-orientation opportunities to incoming students. In recent years, over half of the incoming class has participated in our pre-orientation programs.  Incoming student arrive to campus early and join their classmates in small groups to participate in one of these five programs.  The programs are your opportunity to get involved on campus early, meet upperclass leaders and mentors, gain valuable leadership skills, and meet other students with similar interests before Orientation officially begins.  Above all, students look back at their participation in CAFE, FIT, FOCUS, GO, and TWO as some of their fondest memories. 

There is a cost associated with each program.  Once accepted you will need to pay to secure your spot. Financial aid assistance is available for Pre-Orientation program fees.  Aid amounts will be determined by a studentís University financial aid status, however Pre-Orientation assistance will not affect a studentís University financial aid package. 

For more information on the programs available, please refer to the links to the individual program websites below or download the 2015 Pre-Orientation Brochure here.


2016 Pre-Orientation Program information will be available in April.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Tufts Pre-Orientation

Additional questions? Please contact the Pre-Orientation Office at
617-627-3212 or


CAFE (Conversation, Action, Faith & Education) is a dynamic and immersive five-day experience for incoming Tufts undergraduates interested in learning more about diverse religious and philosophical expressions, developing leadership skills, and connecting with other students who value self-exploration and social change. CAFE seeks incoming student registrants who represent diverse religious, nonreligious, spiritual, ethical, and other identities. All are welcome.

FIT (Fitness and Individual Development at Tufts) is for students interested in learning about exercise, nutrition, stress management, recreational opportunities, and how to balance school, work and other obligations.

FOCUS (Freshman Orientation CommUnity Service) is for students interested in an exciting community service experience which will help ease the transition as a first year student in college. FOCUS offers pre-orientation community service trips in the greater Boston area.

GO (Global Orientation) is a four-day, student-led program for incoming students interested in exploring Tufts and Boston while they meet their peers from all over the world, GO provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the past and present of Boston, and form intercultural connections and life-long friendships at the same time. All are welcome!

Tufts Wilderness Orientation (T.W.O.) is a five-day, student-led experience for incoming Jumbos the week before school starts. Each year, over 260 students arrive at Tufts in late August to embark on backpacking, canoeing, hybrid, and trail crew trips. T.W.O. provides incoming students with a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors while creating lasting bonds with upperclassmen leaders and with each other.




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