It’s that time of year when we welcome all first-year and transfer students, parents and families to UMass Amherst! The summer before your student arrives on campus for the first time is a busy one, full of preparation and planning. The New Students Orientation office is here to help.
We offer a two-day orientation program for first-year students and a one-day program for transfers. First-year and transfer students will attend New Students Orientation (NSO ) to familiarize themselves with the campus, pick their courses, get their UCard, complete their housing preference application, and meet their fellow classmates!
College isn’t a transition just for students, but for their families as well. For that reason, we offer a Parents and Family Orientation  that runs concurrently with your student’s session. By attending orientation, you’ll receive tips on how to encourage and support your student, interact with university faculty and staff, and meet families of other incoming students. In addition, you’ll learn about academics, billing, campus safety, student health and wellness, technology, and even take a look in some residence halls! Here is what attendees said about Parents and Family Orientation.
"I thought the entire program was extremely professional and organized. The information, materials, and presenters were most valuable to me, and I look forward to the resource book as a guide. I almost skipped this program, and am so grateful I attended. Kudos to all!" 2015 Attendee
“I found the UMass Amherst orientation to be an exceptional experience! Organization top notch! The whole program has been very reassuring. I feel confident my child will be safe and have a wonderful start in September! I also found the suggested open ended questions to ask my child as a follow up to their experience very helpful”. 2014 Attendee
“How wonderful to work so hard to provide parents with so much useful information! I look forward to watching the next 4 years unfold, and I feel more confident that parents will be included in the process--especially important for peace of mind with my 1st child going to college”. 2013 Attendee
Whether your student is a freshman or a transfer, we are here to assist you in answering all your questions about UMass Amherst this summer.
We look forward to welcoming you and your student to the university. See you in the summer!