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 17 & 18

  • Transfer Students, Families & Friends 
    • Parking is in the UMass Amherst Parking 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.  

Register for Orientation

Registration for in person, summer orientation sessions is now complete. If you are a new student joining us in Fall 2019 and you need to sign-up for orientation, please use the NSO registration  system to sign-up for online orientation. On the choose session tab, select Register for Online Orientation. Online orientation is packed with all the same helpful information and resources you would get in person, but can be done at your own pace over the summer. Online orientation participants get one-on-one advising and registration support just as they would in person.


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