Fast Facts!

How much does it cost?

The 2016 UR FOOT participation cost is $180.

This covers food and lodging during the entire weekend and trek. More details about when and where to send payment will follow if you are selected as a Trekee.


Out of everyone who wants to do this, who gets picked?

Although we would like to make every applicant a Trekee, we only have the resources to accommodate 99 incoming freshmen this year, 5 students more than last year! For this reason, and because we don’t want to separate current interest from past accomplishment, (why discriminate, right?) we have designed the program so that our selection process is ENTIRELY RANDOM. Once you fill out the interest form, we will randomize the applicants and fill spots on our trips according to the preference of the (randomly) selected individual.  Visit our Interest Form page to learn more.


When and where would I move in if I were selected?

If you are selected as a 2016 UR FOOT Trekee you will move in on the morning of Saturday, August 20th.  At this point you will move into the dorm room to which you have been assigned by the University, and all the UR FOOT Leaders will be standing by, ready and waiting to assist you with the move! Parents and guardians are encouraged to come for the day to help you move-in and unpack; however, we have a Trekee-only picnic at 5:30 (see trip details for more info), so you’ll have to say your goodbyes before that.  (Tear) 🙁


Should my parents/guardians come to help move in early on the 21st, for Parent Orientation, or both?

It is really up to you to decide.  We do not want to encourage or discourage, but we also do not want to put undue pressure either way. Parent Orientation does provide useful information, but if selected it is okay for your parents/guardians to just help you move in on the 20th and leave.  You also have the option of coming alone, bringing the (appropriate) gear you’ll need for the weekend, and having your parents/guardians meet you on Monday night or Tuesday morning with the rest of the things you’re bringing with you to college.


For which time should I plan my flight?

We do not recommend making flight plans until you have heard from us and know if you have been selected or not. The random-selection process is not complete until LATE JULY and we will email you ON THAT DATE with the selection results.  If you are selected as a Trekee, we will provide additional details to help your scheduling at that time. We know this is slightly inconvenient for making flight plans, but we aim to ensure that everyone (globally) has ample time to submit interest forms after receiving the mailing.


Am I going to miss the scheduled UR Class of 2020 Freshman Orientation?

Of course not!  We wouldn’t let you miss that for the world!

All the Treks return to the University of Rochester Campus in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 23rd, and we will have a UR FOOT dinner that night in the city. The next day, you will wake up to the rest of the class of 2020 moving in and begin your orientation week!


Are international students allowed to participate?

Unfortunately, due to the fact that International Student Move-in is August 23rd, and that international students participating in UR FOOT would miss International Student Orientation, international students are not permitted to participate this year.


Who is UR FOOT?

We are a group of University of Rochester students who, although from a vast array of backgrounds and disciplines, share a common passion for the outdoors. Check out the Leader Profiles to learn more!

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2016 University of Rochester Freshman Orientation Outing Treks