Tufts University

A New Path

matriculationWith ambitions and luggage in tow, the class of 2010 is making its way to Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. More than 1,280 men and women are settling onto the Hill, ready to start the next chapter in their lives.

Some of these incoming freshmen, however, got a head start. Whether it's by hiking in Vermont or performing community service in Boston, hundreds of eager Jumbos got an early taste of what the next four years will be like by making friends and memories in one of Tufts' pre-orientation programs—including Active Citizenship through Technology (ACT), FIT (a program that emphasizes fitness and wellness), Freshman Orientation Community Service (FOCUS) and Tufts Wilderness Orientation (TWO).

A series of traditions—including President Lawrence S. Bacow's matriculation address and the annual dinner and candlelighting ceremony—will mark the beginning of their Tufts career, but the remainder will be defined by the unique challenges and experiences each student will undertake. Though the path from now on is uphill (quite literally), these new Jumbos—backed by their support network across the university—are up to the task.

Full coverage of Matriculation 2006:

Early Risers
Many incoming freshmen got a jump start on the undergraduate experience through one of Tufts' pre-orientation programs. We asked some of this year's student coordinators to share their memories from these programs and the lasting value of these programs for freshmen.

Learn more about:
Active Citizenship through Technology (ACT)
Freshman Orientation Community Service (FOCUS)
Tufts Wilderness Orientation

Additional features:

Complete orientation schedule [PDF]

Dean of Admissions Introduces of the Class of 2010

President Lawrence S. Bacow's Matriculation Address

Audio slideshow

Homepage photo by Sarah Arkin (A'06) for Tufts University Photo. Banner image by Brian Loeb (A'06). Top left photo by Aaron Schutzengel (A'07). Photos of Lee Coffin by Melody Ko, University Photographer. Photo of President Lawrence S. Bacow by Bethany Versoy. Photos of pre-orientation programs courtesy of program coordinators.

This story originally ran on Aug. 28, 2006.