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Fall NSO Schedule

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Friday, August 29

  • First-Year Move-in Day
  • 6:30-7:30pm Dinner at the Dining Commons (DCs)
  • 7-9pm Floor Meetings & First Night Activities (see your RA for details)

Saturday, August 30

  • 8am-1pm Transfer Move-In Day
  • 10am RAP Pre-Brunch Meet and Greet Students living in RAPs meet with your RA for a short get-together and picture. Then go to brunch!
  • 10am-1pm Brunch at the DCs
  • 11am Busses Depart for Gillette Stadium, Hagis Mall Bring your ticket and your UCard and get ready to cheer on your Minutemen!
  • 11am Permaculture Garden, Franklin DC Learn about gardening techniques that are more than just sustainable, get your hands dirty, and meet new, like minded friends! Participants are welcome to work in the garden for as long or short as they like.
  • 12noon-3pm Student Veterans and Active Military Welcome, 19 Dickinson Hall (Near the Rec Center) Come to the Student Veteran Resource Center to meet the student veteran and active military community at UMass Amherst. Enjoy lunch on us, meet new people, and learn about important resources.
  • 12:30-2:30pm Adventure into Amherst Come meet your downtown neighbors and find out why it's called a perfect place to live. Local business owners are eager to welcome you to your new home. Enjoy music, delicious food, deals at local shops and much more! Meet us in your residential area to walk into town.
    • Central- Butterfield Bus Stop
    • CHCRC- Mullins Center Bus Stop
    • Northeast-Arnold Bus Stop
    • Orchard Hill- Dickinson Bus Stop
    • Southwest-Southwest Horseshoe
  • 2-4pm Ice Skating, Mullins Center Practice Rink Chill out on the ice with your new friends!
  • 2:30-6pm UMass Game Day Experience, Mullins Center Arena Watch as UMass Football takes on Boston College and cheer for your Minutemen
    • Enjoy game day snacks
    • Participate in community service projects
    • Check out information sessions
    • Classroom tours depart every hour
  • 3pm & 5pm Kayaking with the Outing Club
  • 4pm & 5:15pm Meditation, Massachusetts Room Mullins Center 3rd Floor
  • 5pm PM 101: Academic Success at UMass Amherst, Mullins Center Green Room Level 1
  • 5 & 6pm Be Bold. Be a Leader. Join the Student Government Association, Mullins Center Concourse South Lobby
  • 6pm Dinner in the DCs
  • 7:30pm Out of State Meet Up, Student Union Cape Cod Lounge Learn about useful resources and local customs while connecting with other out of state students.
  • 9pm-12midnight Mall Madness UMass invades the Hampshire Mall after hours! Catch a bus from your residential area to Hadley for special discounts, student performances and even a late night movie!
    • Central- Butterfield Bus Stop
    • CHCRC- Mullins Center Bus Stop
    • Northeast-Arnold Bus Stop
    • Orchard Hill- Dickinson Bus Stop
    • Southwest-Southwest Horseshoe
  • 9pm-1am Laser Tag, Campus Center Auditorium Around every corner awaits a new friend. Come play laser tag for a night of fun!

Sunday, August 31

  • 9am -5pm WMUA FM Poster Sale, Cape Cod Lounge
  • 9am-5pm New2U Tag Sale, Student Union Ballroom
  • 11am- 12:30pm #WeAreUMass, Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall Through the use of social media, videos, music, student performances, and digital narratives, this event will address what it means to be an engaged member of the class of 2018. During this interactive session, students will learn how they can contribute to an inclusive, socially just community.
  • 1-5pm UFest, Goodell Lawn
    • Student Performances and Best of NSO Open Mic
    • Interactive Displays
    • Games
    • Carnival Activities
    • Sidewalk Chalk Contest
    • Community Service Stations
    • UMass Dining Food Tents (lunch will be served here and not at the DCs)
    • Rope Pull
  • 5pm Classroom Tours starting from the W.E.B. DuBois Library Find out where your classes are located and learn other important locations such as the Textbook Annex and W.E.B DuBois Library.
  • 7pm-Midnight UMass Recreation Center Open
  • 9pm-2am Sunday Night Live, Campus Center Fun events and places to hang out throughout the Campus Center.

Monday, September 1

  • 9am-5pm WMUA FM Poster Sale, Cape Cod Lounge
  • 9:30am Commonwealth Honors College Advising Panels, CHC Events Room 160
  • 9:30am-12noon UMass Outing Club Trips Join the Outing Club for a variety of adventures including hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Advance sign-up required.
  • 10am-9pm Transfer Programming:
    • 10-11am Community College Graduates-Assuring MassTransfer Benefits and UMass Success, Campus Center Room 163
    • 10:30am-12:30pm Off Campus Student Center Open House, Student Union room 314
    • 11-11:45am Working on Campus and Paying for School, Campus Center Room 163
    • 11:45am-12:30pm Get Your Grade Up, Calipary Lab W.E.B. DuBois Library
    • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch in the DCs
    • 1:30-2:15pm Campus tours departing from the Campus Center Information Desk
    • 7-9pm Transfer Student Dessert reception, Fine Arts Center Lobby
  • 11:45am-1:15pm Lunch in the DCs
  • 12noon-5pm New2U, Student Union Ballroom
  • 1:15pm College Meetings Get ready for the start of the semester with a welcome from your Dean.
    • College of Engineering, Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall
    • College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Thompson Hall 104
    • College of Natural Sciences (including Stockbridge), Mullins Center
    • College of Nursing, Thompson Hall 102
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mahar Auditorium
    • Isenberg School of Management, Campus Center Auditorium
    • School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Thompson Hall 106
    • Undeclared, Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall
  • 2-2:30pm Pick up your University T-Shirt on the Mulins Center Concourse
  • 2:30pm New Students Convocation, Mullins Center Chancellor Subbaswamy officially welcomes you! Immediately following convocation, join your classmates for your class picture.
  • 4-7pm Welcome UMass Amherst BBQ First Week Kickoff, Hagis Mall
  • 7-9pm Ice Skating, Mullins Center Practice Rink Chill out on the ice with your new friends!


For more Welcome Back fun, check out the First Week Schedule!