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!

New Student Immunization Program Update: NSO confirmation postcards direct students to upload their immunization records by May 30th (or at least one week prior to your NSO session). However, the health services patient portal is not scheduled to open until mid-July, so that task cannot be completed before NSO. We apologize for the miscommunication and confusion. Items on the Before NSO checklist should be completed by May 30th (or at least one week before your session) while Items on the Before the Semester Begins checklist should be completed as they become available.