Guide 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

All students must complete Guide to the U by January 1 in order to be eligible to schedule a New Student Advising & Course Registration appointment. If you receive an error using a link to Guide to the U, try typing into your browser instead. 

About Guide to the U

Guide to the U is your online platform that introduces you to the people, departments, and resources available to support you from the time you matriculate until you graduate. Students must complete the Guide to the U before they can attend Ready for the U and schedule an advising and course registration appointment.

After interacting with the Guide to the U, you will be prepared to: 

  • Identify campus offices and resources,
  • Explain why personal responsibility is an important characteristic of being a member of the UMass community,
  • Describe why making connections with peers, student leaders, staff, and faculty contributes to student success,
  • Differentiate the dimensions of wellbeing and their impact on student success, and
  • Meet with an academic advisor and register for spring semester courses.

Guide to the U typically takes students 1-2 hours to complete. If you don't have time to complete it all at once, you can begin then logout and resume again right where you left off. 

Important Dates for Guide to the U 

Guide to the U is available at Type into your browser instead of using a link to the Guide. Login with your UMass email address ( and password. 

Guide to the U must be completed by January 1, 2022 in order to schedule your New Student Advising and Course registration appointment. If you missed the deadline and still need to register for spring courses, please complete the Guide to the U as soon as possible.