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Preorientation Program Sign Up

First-year Orientation is your formal introduction to Yale College. However, several optional preorientation programs that may interest you are available and described below.

The link to sign up for a preorientation program is at the bottom of this page.

Registration for preorientation programs will open May 1st.

Important Notes:

  • Financial aid for the preorientation programs is available. For information about financial aid offered for each program, please consult the program’s website.
  • All programs begin by housing students in temporary rooms. Students will have access to their term-time rooms once the residences open.

Cultural Connections

August 19-24, 2017

Cultural Connections (CC) introduces first-year students to Yale's campus and cultural resources. The program explores the diversity of student experiences on the Yale campus, with emphasis on the experiences of students of color and on issues related to racial identity. However, CC is open to any first-year student regardless of race or ethnicity. Activities include discussions with faculty members who have expertise in the fields of ethnicity, nationality, and race; panels on academic expectations by faculty; introductions to financial, social, and academic resources; presentations on campus life by students; group visits to local points of interest such as the Yale College cultural centers and the Mohegan powwow; and a shopping trip for all your suite needs. For more information, visit the Cultural Connections website or portal or call 203 432-2906. 

The deadline to register for Cultural Connections is July 1, 2017.


August 19-24, 2017

FOCUS on New Haven takes first-year students on a 6-day exploration of the urban landscape that exists within and beyond the Yale campus. Students will make new friends as they get insider knowledge on all of the rewarding aspects of New Haven, from fun city-wide events to local art and architecture to community organizing efforts. Through a guest speaker series, guided discussion, and community service, FOCUS also encourages students to think about ways in which they can understand and have an impact on the city Yale calls home. For more information, go to the FOCUS website or portal.

The deadline to register for FOCUS is July 1, 2017.

First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips

August 19-25 (six-day) or August 21-25 (four-day)

On First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT), upperclass students lead first-year students on six-day and four-day backpacking trips in the mountains and hills of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. FOOT is designed for students of all backgrounds and levels of hiking experience. Students form tight bonds of lasting friendships and create a close group that supports them throughout the years, in a wonderful wilderness setting. Participants meet at Yale on the day before departure, on August 19 for the six-day trips and August 21 for the four-day trips, and are bused to their various destinations. For more information, visit the FOOT website or portal or email the head student coordinators at or the summer coordinators at

The deadline to register for FOOT is July 1, 2017.


August 20-25, 2017

During Harvest, groups of first-year students spend five days farming and camping on family-owned organic farms in Connecticut. They experience all aspects of farm life, from picking vegetables to planting squash to feeding chickens. Afternoons and evenings might find students cooling off in a pond, playing volleyball, or sharing s'mores around a campfire. A Harvest trip provides a unique opportunity for first-years to enjoy the outdoors, learn about sustainable agriculture in the Northeast, and make a close group of friends before the start of Yale. Harvest is designed for students of all backgrounds; no farming experience is necessary. The program starts Sunday August 20 and is run by the Yale Sustainable Food Program. For more information, visit the Harvest website or portal or email the student coordinators at

The deadline to register for Harvest is July 1, 2017.

Orientation for International Students (OIS)

The Orientation for International Students (OIS) program is designed to ease international students' transition to the United States by familiarizing them with academic and social life in Yale College. OIS introduces new students to the Yale campus and the city of New Haven, and includes discussions about academics, campus culture, extracurricular activities, financial aid and employment opportunities, and living in the U.S. There will also be time to set up bank accounts, get cell phones, and shop for those essential items not brought from home. Most importantly, OIS provides the occasion to get to know other students who have come from around the world to study at Yale. OIS is organized and led by Yale College student counselors. For more information, visit the OIS website or portal or email Ozan Say at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).August 21-25, 2017

The deadline to register for OIS is July 1, 2017.

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