Welcome to UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst and New Student Orientation & Transitions are thrilled to welcome students from across the country and around the globe to our new student cohorts.

Your New Student Experience is designed to help you adjust to living and acting responsibly, cultivate academic preparedness, navigate campus life, and inspire university affinity as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

We invite students admitted to learn more about the components of your New Student Experience: Guide to the U, Ready for the U, Welcome to the U, New Student Advising & Course Registration, and the weekly Next for the U newsletter. These orientation & transition experiences are required for all new students. Together they are the necessary first steps in preparing you for your first semester with UMass Amherst.



Students starting in Spring 2023

  • Guide to the U is now available and must be completed by January 1. 
  • Ready for the U registration is now open. Students admitted for Spring 2023 must be registered for Ready for the U by January 1. 

Students starting in Fall 2023

  • Information about your New Student Experience will be available starting in mid-February after we welcome our spring 2023 cohort. 

Current UMass Amherst Undergraduates

  • Our Team Needs U: we're hiring for the U-Staff Team.
  • The application is available now through February 20.
  • Want to learn more? Visit us at ! U-Fest on February 7 and 9.