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!

Parking for Transfer Orientation July 15

On July 15th we will welcome two distinct groups of transfer students, families & friends to orientation. Parking and check-in details for these groups is separate.

  • Mass Transfer Students, Families & Friends (Attending only July 15)
    • Parking is in the Campus Center Garage located at 1 Campus Center Way (see map). Follow posted signs with a blue P for the parking garage. 
    • Check-in takes place in the Integrative Learning Center (ILC) from 8 - 9 a.m. 
  • Overnight Transfer Students, Families & Friends (Attending orientation July 15-16)
    • Parking is in Lot 44. Use 21 Eastman Lane for the address (see map). Follow ground signs to orientation parking in Lot 44 by the North Apartments. 
    • Check-in takes place from 9 - 10:45 a.m. Students check-in at Crabtree Hall in Northeast. Family & Friends check-in that the ILC. 


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