Track Your Orientation & Transition Progress
Students starting in fall 2021: This checklist will outline the steps you'll take during your transition to the UMass Amherst community. More sections and checklist items will be added throughout the spring as plans for the fall semester are confirmed.
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These are the tasks you can take are of now, before orientation registration opens.
- Pay your $500 enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021.
- Log in to SPIRE and enter required emergency contact information before you can register for orientation.
- Opt In To UMass Amherst Alerts Sign up to receive UMass Amherst Alerts emergency text messages. Each time you log into SPIRE a reminder will appear until you either enroll or opt out. You can also enter a secondary email and cell phone number if a family member would like to receive alerts.
- Set up and check your UMass email account regularly. This is the official mode of communication between UMass and you.
Most of the tasks in this section are things you will do in the summer, closer to when the semester starts.
The UMass Store is your campus location for UMass clothing and gifts, art and school supplies, health and beauty products, and snacks. The UMass Store also repairs and sells Apple computers and accessories at an educational discount.
Find out about getting involved in Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), Esport Leagues, Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Governance, Student Media, Arts and Media Agencies, Student Businesses, and fraternities and sororities. Explore Campus Recreation.
The Student Employment Office lists work study and non-work study jobs, on and off campus. Auxiliary Services also posts a number of student jobs. Complete these forms before you can be hired and paid by the university and consult the I-9 form for ID requirements.
Books by eCampus is the official course materials provider of UMass Amherst. Order course materials via SPIRE following these instructions. Explore free textbooks and educational materials through UMass Libraries’ Open Education Initiative.
If you are bringing your car to campus, purchase your parking pass.
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