There are a number of steps you'll need to take on your own to prepare for orientation and the semester ahead. Most steps can be completed before you come to orientation, so let's get started!
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Sign Up for Summer NSO
You need to sign up online to tell us which orientation session you’re attending. If you missed Summer NSO, you still need to register with us so we can prepare your advising materials and send you your advising contact information.
Take Your Placement Exams
All incoming students must take the online Math Placement Exam before attending orientation.
Students who have taken three or more years for French, German, Latin, or Spanish should also take the online Foreign Language Placement Exam before orientation.
Get Familiar with SPIRE
SPIRE is the student information and registration system and it will be a major part of your life at UMass! During orientation, you will use SPIRE to register for classes and file your housing preferences. Check out the SPIRE videos to help you explore classes before orientation.
Searching for Classes
Enrolling in Classes
Check Your UMass Amherst Google Mail
In mid-May you'll be able to use your Net ID and password to access your UMass Google Mail account, your official university email account. This is the official mode of communications between the university and its students. Be sure to check it on daily basis so you don't miss any important notices.
Send in Your Test Scores and Transcripts
First-year students, please make sure that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has received an official copy of your final high school transcript with graduation notation.
Any student who is taking college course work in Spring 2013 must send an official transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You should also bring a copy of your spring schedule and/or grade report with you to your orientation session. This helps your adviser recommend the appropriate courses for the fall semester.
If you have AP or SAT II scores that will yield credit at the university, request that the College Board send an official copy of your scores to Undergraduate Admissions.
Start the Common Read
Start reading the 2013 Common Read, No Impact Man and get involved in the discussion on the Common Read Blog.
Submit the New Students Immunization Form
Download and print the Massachusetts State Required Immunization History Form from University Health Services.
Review Health Insurance Requirements
Massachusetts law requires college students to have primary health insurance coverage. If you already have coverage, you may need to complete a waiver. Learn more from University Health Services.
Complete the FERPA Waiver in SPIRE
If you are fortunate enough to have someone helping you pay for school, you need to give them permission to discuss your finanical records (Bursar, Financial Aid, and Residential Life accounts) by completing the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver.
Pay Your Bill
Watch for your bill to post on SPIRE in mid-July and pay your bill by the due date in August. Questions? Check with the Bursar's Office.
Sign Up for Excess Express
In the event that your Bursar account is overpaid, Excess Express will allow you to receive a direct deposit refund into the checking or saving account of your choice.
Complete My Student Body
My Student Body is an online alcohol education course. Access to the course starts on August 1st and you must complete it as soon as possible.
Complete Buttonwood Online Financial Literacy Course
To help start you on the path toward future success, all UMass Amherst first-year students will complete an online financial literacy course.
Subscribe to the Emergency Text Messaging system UMass Alerts.
Know Your Resources
• Log into and explore Campus Pulse, our online community that lets students find out about campus events and clubs (known at UMass as Registered Student Organizations or RSOs) and build a Student Involvement Record.
• Consider joining an Intramural Team. If you're interested, make sure you sign up through IMLeagues, the online registration system for intramurals.
• Sign up for a RefWorks account today and make your research easier.
Get Ready for the Fall
Fall NSO Check out the Fall NSO Schedule for some great events when you arrive to campus!
Books Check out SPIRE to find out what textbooks you will need for your courses or visit the campus bookstore website.
Parking Want to bring a car to campus? For more information, visit Parking Services.
Jobs Looking for a job on or off campus this semester? Visit the Student Employment Office.
Out of State Coming in from another state? Learn more about transportation services to and from UMass from our Parent Services website, Visiting the Amherst Area.
If you're planning on shipping items through the Luggage Program, send them during the stated time.
Find us on Facebook
UMass Amherst New Students Orientation
Like us on facebook and use this page as another way to connect with us and your classmates!
There's also a group just for transfers!
Follow us on Twitter
Tweet your questions @UMassNSO or find your classmates with #UMass2017 and #NewMinutemen!