Welcome to Yale Class of 2020!

We can’t wait to welcome you to campus. Here are a few tips for your first day of FOOT:


  • Check-in for SIX DAY TRIPS is at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 20th 
  • Check-in for FOUR DAY TRIPS is at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 22nd
  • Check-in on both days will be inside Phelps Gate on Yale’s Old Campus 

Early arrivals for both four and six day trips should have already contacted us with their arrival information. Upon arriving to campus, please come inside Old Campus and contact either Brandon or Zoe via phone or email. Click here to send them an email directly.


What is FOOT? Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips!

We invite you to join us for an experience that many students say is one of the most formative and important of their time at Yale. On FOOT, you will sleep under the stars, share stories and songs around the campfire, create a new tight-knit community of friends, enjoy discovering the Northeastern landscape, and spend time discussing what life at Yale will be like.

FOOT offers a unique wilderness experience to 400 incoming Yale freshmen and transfer students each year!  In late August, trained upperclassmen lead preorientation backpacking trips to five scenic locations throughout the Northeast.

You do NOT need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in FOOT.  FOOT is for everyone and is an appropriate (and exciting!) choice for students from all backgrounds.  The trips are designed to all levels of experience – both novices and skilled mountaineers will find them rewarding.  The primary goal of FOOT is to help ease the transition into life at Yale. You will find the hike both exciting and rewarding!

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