Welcome to UMass Amherst

Now comes the part when we really get to know each other. We’re the New Students Orientation (NSO) Staff—and it’s our job—and our passion—to ease the transition to UMass Amherst for both you and your family.

Our staff of professionals and current students are knowledgeable about and connected to all the resources you’ll need as a new student. We’ll help you with orientation, registration, housing choices, and we’ll answer all of your questions along the way.

There are important steps all new students need to take before, during and after orientation, and it is important to start thinking ahead early! If you are admitted for the fall semester, you will be attending a summer NSO session. If you are entering UMass in the spring, sign up for a winter session. We are here to help so feel free to call or email us with any questions!

We look forward to welcoming you to UMass Amherst!

New: One Day First-Year Student Orientations

We are pleased to offer special one day New Students Orientations and Parents & Family Orientations on June 17 or June 18. The 1-day student orientation features an accelerated schedule that includes a welcome to campus, student life sessions, lunch, academic advising & course registration, and a closing session. Overnight accommodations are not included. Choose Your Date to start the registration process.

These orientations are open to any matriculated first-year student, but may be an especially good fit for students who commute; have work or family responsibilities; are 23+; or who are already familiar with a campus residential experience.


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