New Students

Welcome to UMass and the Department of Communication!

Your first step as a new student is to register for and participate in New Student Orientation & Transitions (NSOT) and start regularly checking your UMass email.  You will then be able to schedule an advising appointment and enroll in courses. 

Please watch our video for new students here.

We encourage you to review all of the links and information on this page as part of your orientation to studying Communication here at UMass.

The Communication Major & Department

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Communication major is housed in the College of Social and Behavior Sciences (SBS). During your time at UMass you will utilize many resources provided by the SBS Pathways Center including career & professional development advising and seeking support from academic deans

International Students

International students should visit the International Student Orientation (ISO) website for information on maintaing student visas, obtaining a social security number and other documents and regulations. 

Additional Resources

During your time at UMass you will have needs and concerns beyond academics. Whether you are seeking an on-campus job, need legal advice, or want to volunteer in the community, a great place to start your search is Single Stop Resources

Town of Amherst Community

  • The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has a web page designed especially for people new to the area. There is information on local restaurants, shopping, housing, and recreation, as well as maps.

  • The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit economic development organization comprised of local property owners dedicated to providing programs and services that serve the town’s residents and businesses.