What is FOOT? First-Year 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 first-years 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!

FOOT Trips!
FOOT is the largest orientation program with approximately 1/4 of the first-year class
participating. We promise you will have a trip of a lifetime with 2 upper class leaders and 8 or 9
or your new fellow classmates. We backpack in 6 different regions in the Northeast. It doesn’t
really matter where you go, as long as you do FOOT. You will have tons of fun. We will cure
all those nervous jitters about going off to college. You will return to Yale with friends that often last a lifetime!