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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 Open

Registration for our summer programs is now open. Be sure to read about the freshmen schedule and dates or the transfer schedule and dates.  Once you've reviewed the information for your orientation, you can choose your date! Please note, students will be eligible to register two business days after their enrollment fee posts as received in SPIRE. Registration for our parent and family programs is separate from student registration and students must register before family members sign up.