New Student Orientation

We look forward to welcoming you to the Jackson School this August! Below is a preliminary outline of the orientation schedule, which we will continue updating in the coming weeks. Be sure to check the Jackson New Student Orientation Group in Yale Connect for the detailed schedule of activities.

We also have a special team of second-year students, our New Student Orientation (NSO) coordinators, organizing a variety of activities as well. You will start to hear from them later in the summer.

Schedule of Events

August 15-19 | Student-Organized Activities

Schedule of activities to come from the New Student Orientation (NSO) coordinators. These activities are optional but a great way for you to get to know your peers.

August 22-26 | Jackson Welcome Week

Remember to refer to the detailed schedule in the Jackson New Student Orientation Group in YaleConnect.

Monday, August 22 | Check-in at Horchow Hall

9:30am – 11:30 am | Breakfast available and small-group building tours (Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue) 

10:00am – 11:30am | Required orientation session for new international Jackson students (at OISS, 421 Temple Street)

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Jackson Requirements & Introduction to Academics at Yale
with Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Registrar, and Director of Student Affairs 

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Individual Advising appointments with Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Student Affairs

Tuesday, August 23 | Orientation sessions continued
Individual advising appointments, continued

Wednesday, August 24 | Jackson MPP Student trip to the Berkshires
9:00am: Bus departs Horchow Hall (55 Hillhouse Avenue)

Thursday, August 25 | Jackson MPP Student trip to the Berkshires continued

Friday, August 26 | Jackson MPP Student trip to the Berkshires continued
1:00pm:
Bus departs the Berkshires to return to Horchow Hall

Other activities to be scheduled each day

August 29 | Jackson orientation - Matriculation Ceremony

Monday, August 29

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Jackson Matriculation Ceremony

12:30 – 1:30 pm | Jackson reception following Matriculation

Other activities to be scheduled 

August 30 | Jackson Orientation continued

Tuesday, August 30

5:30 pm | Jackson Community Pizza Party

Other activities to be scheduled

Wednesday, August 31 | First Day of Classes (Jackson & Graduate School)