Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I need to make travel arrangements. When will I find out if I got on a Wilderness trip?
A: We will notify you in mid-June. At this time, if accepted, you will receive a supplemental information form to choose the type of trip you want as well as to help us get to know you a little. You will also receive more information about financial assistance. The deadline to return the information form and payment will be included in your acceptance email.
Q: How many people normally apply for Wilderness and how many are accepted?
A: There will be 264 incoming students accepted to Wilderness Orientation. We typically receive more applications than we can accept, so the Tufts Connection website runs a lottery and creates a waitlist. As spots open up, people are accepted off the waitlist. This is not uncommon, so don’t lose hope if you’re waitlisted!
Q: I am an incoming transfer student. Can I participate in TWO?
A: Absolutely! All Pre-Orientation programs are open to all incoming students, including transfers.
Q: Is it possible to apply for multiple pre-orientations?
A: No. However, if you are not chosen for your preferred program, you will be given the option to enroll in a different pre-orientation program that still has space or remain on the waiting list. Again, we strongly encourage you to remain on the waitlist if you are interested in TWO!
Q: Can I be assigned to a program and be on a waiting list for another program?
A: No. Once decisions go out you have three choices: to remain in the program you have been assigned, to be on a waiting list for a program, or to reject your program assignment and not choose to remain on a waiting list.
Q: Can I be on a waiting list for a specific program, and then eventually if I do not get off the waiting list, decide to go into another program?
Yes. You can do this as long as there is still space in the program you wan to move into.
Q: What is the TWO Schedule? When do I need to arrive at Tufts?
A: Incoming student check-In for Tufts Wilderness Orientation 2015 is by noon on August 27th. Trips depart on the morning of the 28th and are 5 days and 4 nights long, so participants will return September 1st. For more detailed answers, feel free to drop us an email or check out the schedule.
Q: Can I arrive a day early, and do you have a place for me to stay that evening?
If you need to arrive a day early, we will connect you with local hotels that often house students coming for pre-orientation. Members of our Support Staff will pick you up from your hotel to campus the next day. Email us for more info about this.
Q: Can I move into my dorm room when I arrive on August 27th for TWO?
A: You’ll have a short amount of time to drop off your belongings in your room, but you’ll unpack once the trips return. If you don’t want to bring all your stuff when you arrive for pre-orientation, anyone who may be meeting you for Move-in Day/Matriculation can bring it on September 2nd. Just make that everything you need for the TWO program is with you when you arrive on the 27th!
Q: If I don’t have the right equipment, how do I get it?
A: TWO has two gear programs: Gear Lending and Gear Rental. Gear Lending uses TWO’s own supply of gear. We unfortunately do not have enough to outfit everyone who requests gear, so only participants with significant Tufts financial assistance will receive our items to lend. Please contact us if you did not indicate you would like to apply for Gear Lending.
Q: How much does it cost to go on a trip?
A: All TWO trips (and pre-orientation trips in general) cost $400. Financial assistance is available, and will be awarded based on your Tufts financial aid package. This award in no way affects your overall University financial package. When you receive your acceptance to TWO, you will receive information on how much you owe and a link to pay online. See the Financial Assistance section for more information. There is an additional fee if you are renting gear which can be found on the Pack-Out Gear Website.
Q: How do I pay?
A: Payment is done online through Tufts Connections. Click on “Orientation/Pre-Orientation” in the heading of the page. Select “Pre-Orientation Application Status. Click on the link that says “Click here to confirm and pay.” Enter your payment information as required to complete the transaction. If the Office for Campus Life indicates payment should be done a different way, please follow those instructions.
A: YES. All of our staff submitted a written application, went through an interview process, and were selected based on their competence, confidence, experience, and personality. Along with several smaller trainings in the spring, they all go through a 5-day, 4-night training course in August and every one of them is CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified. Many of the leaders have certifications beyond these, such Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT certifications. In addition, many of them have led Tufts Wilderness Orientation trips before and/or similar trips with other groups.
Q: I’m a vegetarian. Can I still go on a trip?
A: Yes! All trips are suitable for vegetarians. The menus are designed to keep your body fueled while on TWO as you burn more calories than normal. Meals like oatmeal with dried fruit, pita with apples and cheese, and trail pizza provide the calories needed to maintain fitness during your trip. There are also trips that accommodate dietary restrictions (nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free etc.), so be sure to note all allergies and dietary restrictions on your health forms so we can properly place everyone on trips!