Welcome to the U

The New Student Orientation & Transition team is here to support all new students and their families as they join and become active members of the UMass community. Students starting at UMass Amherst in Spring 2022 will engage in several focused components of the orientation & transition experience: Guide to the U, Ready for the U, Welcome to the U, and New Student Advising & Course Registration

About Welcome to the U

Welcome to the U is a series of experiences designed to help you feel comfortable and ready to succeed in every way you can as a UMass Amherst student. 

Through your active participation in Welcome to the U you will:

  • Engage with the campus community;
  • Connect with peers, student leaders, faculty, and staff; and
  • Foster healthy habits to start the semester off strong.

Get to know campus and the Amherst community!

You may find yourself with some extra time at the start of the semester. Get to know your community, and the student culture, by checking out these recommendations from former and current student leaders! We've compiled our favorite podcasts, YouTube channels, and take out in this Virtual Care Package

Welcome to the U Dates

Monday, January 24

Ice Skating

2 - 4:50 p.m. | Mullins Center Practice Rink

Free ice skating and rentals.

Welcome (Back) Floor Meeting

See Your RA for meeting time and location.

Welcoming residential communities back together and sharing enthusiasm and plans for the upcoming semester. 

Tuesday, January 25 | First Day of Classes

Way-Finder Tents

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Student Union and Whitmore

Stop by our tents around campus for help finding your classes and make connections with UMass staff. 

Dress Up Drive

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.| Student Union Lobby

Donate your clean dress up attire to the Moonlit Masquerade. 

Ice Skating 

2 - 4:50 p.m. | Mullins Center Practice Rink

Free ice skating and rentals.

First-Gen Team Trivia

6:30 - 8 p.m. | Commonwealth Honors College, Events Hall

Are you first-gen? Come hang out with us, meet new friends, and win prizes!

Wednesday, January 26

Way-Finder Tents

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Student Union and Whitmore

Stop by our tents around campus for help finding your classes and make connections with UMass staff. 

New Student Bingo Series 

7 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom 

Join NSOT for a night of Bingo and the chance to win a prize. 

Thursday, January 27 | Fire & Ice Winter Celebration

Welcome Back, UMass! Join us as we kick off the semester with a hot chocolate bar, food, ice-skating, and pond fires while learning about campus resources.

Campus Resource Fair 

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Student Union

Learn about the campus resources available for your success. Free food and giveaways.

Dress Up Drive 

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Student Union Room 331

Pick up clean, donated dress up attire to look your best at the Moonlit Masquerade.

Ice Skating 

2 - 4:50 p.m. | Mullins Center Practice Rink

Free ice skating and rentals.

Pond Fire

2 - 8 p.m. | Campus Pond

Join us for a warm Pond Fire and s'mores featuring Dog Days of Winter. Registration is required. 

How Not to Go Broke in College 

4 - 5 p.m. | Goodell Hall, Room 416

Learn the basics of financial wellness in college!

Libraries Outreach Series: Bingo

7 - 8 p.m. | Du Bois Library, 3rd Floor

Play Bingo at the Libraries for fun prizes!

Friday, January 28

Ice Skating 

2 - 4:50 p.m. | Mullins Center Practice Rink

Free ice skating and rentals.

Vietnamese Student Association Spring General Information Meeting

5 p.m. | Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Free ice skating and rentals.

Moonlit Masquerade

8 p.m. | Student Union

Dust off your dresses and spiff up your suits--the Moonlit Masquerade awaits! Calling ALL SOPHOMORES -- did you miss your high school prom? Now's your chance to enjoy the dance! Food, Music, & prizes for Best Dressed & Best mask! RSVP required on Campus Pulse.

Sunday, January 30

Late Night Movie

7 p.m. | Student Union, Black Box Theater

Free movie and popcorn.

Monday, January 31

Ballroom Dance: January Social

7 p.m. | Student Union, Ballroom

Learn to dance with the Ballroom Dance Team.

Wednesday, February 2

New Student Bingo Series

7 p.m. | Student Union, Ballroom

Join NSOT for a night of Bingo and the chance to win a prize. 

Thursday, February 3

Student Activities Expo

Online

Explore the Registered Student Organizations, agencies, and involvement opportunities available to UMass students.

Minuteman to Win-It: Battle of the Classes

7 p.m. | Student Union, Ballroom

Team up with classmates to win challenges and compete with other classes.

Libraries Outreach Series: Jewelry Making

7 p.m. | Du Bois Library, 3 Floor

Come learn how to and make your own earrings! Register here.

Saturday, February 5

Student Activities Expo

Online | Campus Pulse

Explore the Registered Student Organizations, agencies, and involvement opportunities available to UMass students.

LGBTQIA+ Ice Skating 

7 – 9 p.m. | Mullins Center Practice Rink

Free ice skating and rentals open to all students.

Sunday, February 6

Student Activities Expo

Online | Campus Pulse

Explore the Registered Student Organizations, agencies, and involvement opportunities available to UMass students.

Black Student Union General Body Meeting

5 p.m. | Malcolm X Cultural Center

Learn about upcoming BSU events and how you can become more involved in the Black Student Union!