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Summer NSO Schedule

Orientation sessions begin on Monday morning at 8:30 AM and end on Tuesday evening at 5 PM or begin on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM and end on Friday evening at 5 PM. Student are expected to stay for the duration of their two day orientation program.

  Freshmen Summer NSO Schedule

During your 2 day orientation session you will:

• Check in at 8:30-9:30 AM in the Northeast Residential area and receive your room assignment.

• Attend your hall meeting where you will get to know people on your floor and the house rules for NSO.

• Participate in the Welcome Meeting. Meet the NSO student leaders!

• Check out the Academic Overview where Academic Deans share important details about the academic experience at UMass.

• Go to your College/School Meetings. Learn about your academic niche and hear from the Dean of your college.

• Join student staff and other students in your college at your Small Group Meeting as you prepare for your upcoming advising appointment.

• Attend the Residential Life information session and Tours. Learn about your housing options and where you want to live.

• Get your UCard Picture Taken.

• Have some fun! Hang out and socialize with your new classmates at a variety of fun events.

• Participate in Student Life Meetings about how to live on a student budget, campus resources, being an out of state student and cheering like a true Minutefan!

• Go to the Technology and Safety Session

• Take a Foreign Language Exemption Test. If you did well on your foreign language placement test, take a proctored exemption test to earn credit or exemption. 

• Complete your Advising and Registration. Register for classes with an academic advisor in your department.

• Finalize your housing preference application in SPIRE.

• Take your Writing Placement Test (For all students not exempt from English Writing 112). 

• Celebrate at the Closing Session!

• Don’t forget to check-out between 4:30-5:30 PM! Pick up your UCard and sign out of your hall. Then, have a relaxing summer and get ready for the big adventure that awaits you in September during Fall NSO