Welcome to UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst and New Student Orientation & Transitions are thrilled to welcome students from across the country and around the globe to our new student cohorts.

Your New Student Experience is designed to help you adjust to living and acting responsibly, cultivate academic preparedness, navigate campus life, and inspire university affinity as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

We invite students admitted to learn more about the components of your New Student Experience: Guide to the U, Ready for the U, Welcome to the U, New Student Advising & Course Registration, and the weekly Next for the U newsletter. These orientation & transition experiences are required for all new students. Together they are the necessary first steps in preparing you for your first semester with UMass Amherst.