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Welcome to UMass Amherst

Now comes the part when we really get to know each other. We’re the New Students Orientation (NSO) Staff—and it’s our job—and our passion—to ease the transition to UMass Amherst for both you and your family.

Our staff of professional and current students are knowledgeable about and connected to all the resources you’ll need as a new student. We’ll help you with orientation, registration, housing choices, and we’ll answer all of your questions along the way.

There are important steps all new students need to take before, during and after orientation, and it is important to start thinking ahead early! If you are admitted for the fall semester, you will be attending a summer NSO session. If you are entering UMass in the spring, sign up for a winter session. We are here to help so feel free to call or email us with any questions!

We look forward to welcoming you to UMass Amherst!

Summer NSO Registration is Now Full

We are delighted you decided to attend the university.   Since registration for our summer sessions is now full, new students who haven't attended a summer NSO session need to register  for Online Orientation through our registration system. Please click the register here button below to sign up. You'll need to fill out some biographical details and then on the Choose Session tab select the "I confirm I cannot attend orientation" option.

After you register, you will be emailed the information you need to complete orientation online. If you have any questions, please email our office at: