About Us

About the DOC First-Year Trips Program:

Founded in 1935, the Dartmouth Outing Club’s First-Year Trips program has provided students with a unique introduction to Dartmouth College and its community. Trips is a five-day, outdoor, pre-orientation program designed to welcome incoming students to Dartmouth! Now in its 80th year, the program has always been entirely run by students, for students, which is a beautiful, beautiful thing.tripsvoices

DOC First-Year Trips exists to give all incoming students an unforgettable welcome to the Dartmouth community. Trips provides students with an introduction to the College’s traditions and spirit, as well as a safe and positive experience exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer in the outdoors. Trips creates common ground for first-year students, a space to build lasting friendships and social support systems. The program facilitates connections to upperclass students across the campus, giving first-year students an opportunity to understand the wide range of experiences possible at Dartmouth.

About this blog:

The DOC First-Year Trips website should always have the most up-to-date information regarding program details, paperwork, and logistics, so don’t forget to check there often!

This blog exists to give students information on all aspects of Trips. We want you to know what to expect every step of the way and before you even get to campus. Whether you are an incoming Dartmouth first-year student, a transfer student, a parent, or even a current Dartmouth student, you’re welcome to explore the blog for personal experiences, news,  videos, and pictures of DOC First-Year Trips.  Our goal is to provide answers to all of your questions, as well as stories from past Trips participants & leaders. Coming to college – especially in rural New Hampshire – can be a daunting experience, so we want you to feel 100% at ease with the DOC First-Year Trips program as it is often students’ first introduction to Dartmouth.

While many different students have contributed to the blog, members of the First-Year Trips Directorate edit the blog on a regular basis. If there is any content or information you think should be included on this blog, please shoot us an email – we are always looking to make this blog more relevant and useful to you!