Guide to the U

The New Student Orientation & Transitions 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 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 admitted for Spring 2023 must complete Guide to the U, be registered for Ready for the U, and take their Placement Assessments by January 1, 2023 in order to be eligible to schedule a New Student Advising & Course Registration appointment.

About Guide to the U

Guide to the U is a series of self-paced, online modules that introduces new students and their families to the university: its community, resources, values, and expectations. The Guide to the U is 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.  

How to Access Guide to the U

Students admitted for Spring 2023

Students admitted for Spring 2023 can now access Guide to the U, which is due by January 1. 

  1. Please make sure you are logged out of any personal Google accounts and log in using an incognito/private browser window
  2. Visit
  3. Click the student log-in link  
  4. Enter your UMass email address and password (your Net

Students admitted for Fall 2023

Guide to the U will be updated for Fall 2023 during the spring semester and will be available starting April 3, 2023. 

Supporters & Guests

Supporters and guests of new students admitted for Spring 2023 can now access Guide to the U. 

  1. Click the Create New Guest Account button on the Guide to the U Guest Log-In
  2. Complete the required fields including setting your own password for that site. 
  3. Under Guest Type select Family Member
  4. Click the Create New Account Button
  5. Remember your email and the password you choose as you will use this to log-in again any time you return to the Guide to the U
  6. Your Guide to the U guest account is not tied to your student's account and you may see content that does not apply to your student (ex. transfer specific pages when your student is a first-year and vice versa).
  7. Note: students do not log in through the Guest page and instead authenticate into Guide to the U using their UMass Amherst IT account credentials.