Summer NSO Schedule

When you check in for orientation, you'll receive a detailed schedule. Below you'll find a sample of the activities available at our traditional two day orientation sessions and our new one day orientation sessions. 

  Two Day Orientation Activities and Events

Orientation sessions begin on Monday morning and end on Tuesday evening or begin on Thursday morning and end on Friday evening. Students are expected to stay for the duration of their two day orientation program which begins at 8:15 am on Day One and concludes at 5 pm on Day Two.

• Check in at the Northeast Residential area on Day One from 8:15 - 9 am and receive your room assignment.

• Welcome Meeting where you'll be welcomed to your UMass community by the orientation staff and campus leadership.

• Get connected to your academic community at UMass

  • Meet Your Small Group Leader: Get to know your NSO leader and the peers in your school/college who will attend meetings with you Day 1 morning and early afternoon.
  • College/School Meetings: Hear from the Dean of your college and find out important details about the academic experience at UMass. 
  • Academic Meetings: Choose to get more information about areas of interest including Business Pathways, Commonwealth Honors College, Education, Music & Dance, Pre-Law, Pre-Med/Pre-Dent, Sustainability or UMass Libraries. 
  • Resource Expo Part 1: Meet representatives from campus departments that support academic and student success as well as opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Advising Preparation Meeting: Orientation leaders introduce you to graduation requirements, course registration terminology, and help you reflect on questions to discuss with your academic advisor.
  • Advising and Registration: Review your placement test results, talk about first-year student pathyways, and register for classes with an academic advisor in your department.

• Attend dynamic presentations that speak to your responsibilities as a member of our community and the resources available to assist you as you begin your college experience.

  • Better Together: What's distinct about your voice? In this session, you will join other new students and peer leaders in a conversation and activities that consider how each of us can contribute our unique voices to the UMass Amherst community. Together, we will explore what it means to join a campus community that values what we can learn from each other. 
  • IT Live!: Hear about the latest in on-campus technology during an interactive game-show experience where everyone in the audience has the chance to win a prize!
  • Living at UMass: Learn how to engage in a safe, inclusive and respectful community in the residence halls, on campus and in the town of Amherst.
  • Not Ready for Bedtime Players: This peer health theater troupe uses comedy to introduce what every first-year ought to know, from safer sex to active bystandership.
  • Your UMass Transition: College is tough and sometimes bumps come along. University staff will share plenty of resources and startegies to make sure you are ready for success at UMass.

• Engage in campus life beyond the classroom

  • Informational Meetings: Find out more about Campus Rec; Entrepreneurship; Financial Literacy; Marching Band; or Student Engagement, Leadership, Service, and Activities.
  • Resouce Expo Part 2: Meet representatives from campus offices and services that support student life, day-to-day business, and engagement

• Navigate campus and the residential community 

  • Explore Your UMass: Start learning to navigate your new campus while discovering where key resources are located. 
  • View a Model Room: Stop by a model room in Central, Orchard Hill, or Southwest and learn about the amenities available in the area.  

• Connect with your classmates

  • Evening Activities: Open Mic, Outdoor Recreation (volleyball, lawn games, etc), Arts & Crafts, Board Games, and more!

• Closing Session: Show your UMass pride while learning about UMass traditions and important next steps. 

• Check-out of your hall on Day 2 between 4:30 and 5 pm and pick up your UCard.

  One Day Orientation Activities and Events

Students are expected to stay for the duration of their one day orientation program which begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 5:45 pm.

You’ll receive a detailed schedule when you arrive.  Below is a sample of the activities you'll experience at orientation.

• Check in at the Intergrative Learning Center from 8 - 9 am.

• Welcome Meeting where you'll be welcomed to your UMass community by the orientation staff and campus leadership.

• Get connected to your academic community at UMass

  • Meet Your Orientation Leader: Get to know your NSO leader and the peers in your school/college.
  • Advising Preparation Meeting: Orientation leaders introduce you to graduation requirements, course registration terminology, and help you reflect on questions to discuss with your academic advisor.
  • College/School Meetings: Hear from the Dean of your college and find out important details about the academic experience at UMass. 
  • Advising and Registration: Review your placement test results, talk about first-year student pathyways, and register for classes with an academic advisor in your department.

• Attend dynamic presentations that speak to your responsibilities as a member of our community and the resources available to assist you as you begin your college experience.

  • Better Together: What's distinct about your voice? In this session, you will join other new students and peer leaders in a conversation and activities that consider how each of us can contribute our unique voices to the UMass Amherst community. Together, we will explore what it means to join a campus community that values what we can learn from each other. 
  • Living at UMass: Learn how to engage in a safe, inclusive and respectful community in the residence halls, on campus and in the town of Amherst.

• Navigate campus and the residential community 

  • Explore Your UMass: Start learning to navigate your new campus while discovering where key resources are located. 

• Connect with your classmates

• Closing Session: Show your UMass pride while learning about UMass traditions and important next steps.