1. Why should I come to orientation? What will I really get out of it?
During the orientation program, you will be presented with valuable information that will help you get off to a good start at Fletcher. You will have many opportunities to get your questions answered as you become familiar with Tufts and Fletcher services. Furthermore, orientation is the first place where you meet your classmates and have the opportunity to forge friendships that will undoubtedly last for years to come. As any current or past “Fletcherite” will confirm, your classmates are the heart of the Fletcher experience. You will learn from them in the classroom, laugh with them over lunch, and network with them for research, internships, and jobs. The orientation program is mandatory for incoming students.  Any inquiries about orientation may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs, 617-627-5997.
2. By when do I have to decide on my classes? What if I change my mind?

Fletcher fall 2018 classes begin September 5. Students will be able to freely add and drop their classes through SIS from August 27 through September 7.

During the first week of the semester students “shop” for courses. The Fall 2018 Shopping Day will take place September 4.

3. How do I find out who my faculty advisor is and when can we meet?
Faculty advisors are assigned to incoming students based on the preferences which you include with the submission of the incoming student survey. When possible, you will be assigned your first preference. On the first day of orientation, you will receive your orientation folder. The label on your orientation folder will list your assigned faculty advisor. The faculty member will have a sign-up sheet on his/her office door and you are encouraged to sign-up for an advising appointment as soon as possible.
4. What exactly is Shopping Day?
The day before the official start of classes is Shopping Day, which enables students to learn about once-a-week courses, courses new to the Fletcher curriculum, as well as courses taught by new full-time or adjunct instructors. Students are encouraged to review the past course evaluations submitted by students, which are on housed on Canvas.
5. I am an international student -- who can I ask questions about USCIS (formerly known as either INS or BCIS) forms or any changes in visa procedures?

Reiko Ohmura, Fletcher’s International Students Advisor, can be reached at reiko.ohmura@tufts.edu or 617-627-3055.

In addition, please familiarize yourself with the Fletcher International Student website and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

6. I am thinking about changing careers after Fletcher. What can I do now to get started?
The Office of Career Services has lots of detailed information on the Prospective Students Page of the Career Services website. If you have questions, call the Office of Career Services at 617-627-3060 or e-mail fletcherocs@tufts.edu.
7. How do I find an apartment in the area? Is there anything that will make it easier on me? What kind of references or information will landlords request that I should take with me from home?

The Housing webpage provides numerous helpful resources with apartment listings in the Somerville - Medford area. The process of renting apartments that are passed down from student to student usually is faster and friendlier. Students also find that these apartments offer lower prices than apartments found directly on the renting market. Furthermore, students may save money this way because renting by recommendation allows them to bypass real estate agents who some times charge a finder’s fee (usually one month’s rent). If you do go through an agent, keep in mind that a credit check will be performed and references will be required.

Students interested in living in Blakeley Hall during the spring semester should contact the Resident Directors at Blakeley-RD@tufts.edu.

8. I want to open a bank account. Which bank should I choose?
The University does not recommend one bank over another. There are numerous banks within a few miles of Tufts University and The Fletcher School. Please note Bank of America and Citizens Bank have ATMs (automated teller machines) on campus.
9. Whom should I consult if I have questions about my financial paperwork?
As you know, The Fletcher School is part of Tufts University. Therefore, both financial aid and student account balances are serviced in two phases and places – first Fletcher, and then Tufts University.

If you have questions regarding your Fletcher scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at fletcheradmissions@tufts.edu, or 617-627-3040.

If you have questions regarding loans or work-study, please contact Sheila Hoffstedt at sheila.hoffstedt@tufts.edu or 617-627-2000. Ms. Hoffstedt’s office is located in Dowling Hall, which is the building that houses Student Services Center for Tufts University.

Similarly, if you have questions regarding your Bursar’s bill, the best place to begin your research is the Fletcher Registrar’s Office (Goddard 212) via email: FletcherRegistrar@tufts.edu or 617-627-3055. Thereafter, if you still have questions, please go to the Student Services Center of Tufts University (http://uss.tufts.edu/stuServ/) in Dowling Hall.

Question 10. When are tuition bills due?

University bills are issued twice a year on a per-semester basis. Fall semester bills are issued in early July and are due in early August. Spring semester bills are issued in early November and are due in early December. Bills must be paid in full to allow students to register for courses.

Question 11. Are all tuition and mandatory fees divided evenly between the fall and spring semester bills?

Charges for health insurance and the health services fee are assessed in their entirety on the fall semester bill (making the spring semester bill correspondingly smaller). All other charges are divided evenly between fall and spring semesters.

Question 12. Who should apply for federal loans?

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal educational loans throughout the academic year (via the FAFSA, available at https://fafsa.gov/). While the application process is rolling, students are advised to submit the FAFSA soon after confirming enrollment, to allow plenty of time for financial planning, and to ensure loans are disbursed to your student account by the billing due date.