New Student Checklist


Track Your Orientation & Transition Progress

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Students starting in fall 2021: This checklist outlines the initial steps you'll take during your transition to the UMass Amherst community. 

Need help? We are here for you all along the way.

1. Commit to UMass & Get Ready

These are the tasks you can take are of now, before orientation registration opens. 

  • Pay your $500 enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021. 
  • Log in to SPIRE and enter required emergency contact information before you can register for orientation.
  • Opt In To UMass Amherst Alerts Sign up to receive UMass Amherst Alerts emergency text messages. Each time you log into SPIRE a reminder will appear until you either enroll or opt out. You can also enter a secondary email and cell phone number if a family member would like to receive alerts.
  • Set up and check your UMass email account regularly. This is the official mode of communication between UMass and you.
  • Upload your UCard (student ID) photo. Your student ID is used not just for your ID card, but also for course rosters in SPIRE and the UCard app. Students living on-campus need to have their UCard photo approved in time to move to campus. You will need your UCard to access your residence hall and meal plan. Please submit your photo ASAP. The deadline for uploading photos is July 5, 2021. 

2. Register with Orientation & Transition Programs: Select Your Meet Your UMass Community Meeting & Your Advising Prep Deadline. 

  •  Register with the orientation & transition programs office. Provide your contact information, accommodation information, select the date for Your Meet Your UMass Community Zoom meeting and select your Advising Prep Deadline. 
  • Invite your parents and family members to Parent & Family programs.
  • After you select the date to Meet Your UMass Community & your Advising Prep Deadline, you'll receive emails to confirm your selections. Within two weeks, you'll receive a follow up email with directions on how to access Your UMass Guide
  • You can begin your Placement Exams now.
    • First-year students: the math placement exam is required for all first-year students regardless of course history or test scores. The writing placement exam is required unless you've already completed the college writing requirement. The foreign language placement exam is offered in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Any student who plans to continue studying one of these languages at UMass Amherst should take the placement exam. 
    • Transfer students please consult your email for a message from Admissions with the subject "Welcome to UMass Amherst!" which is sent after your enrollment deposit is received and indicates if a placement exam is required.

3. Access the Complete Checklist in Your UMass Guide

  • Your UMass Guide contains a click-able checklist to help you stay on track with the rest of your new student to dos. 
  • Review the checklist and your UMass email frequently for future tasks including submitting your housing preference application; uploading your immunization records; paying your university bill; and more. 

Do More...

Most of the tasks in this section are things you will do in the summer, closer to when the semester starts. 


    Make More Connections!

Every Wednesday at 4 PM Eastern Orientation Leaders will host Funtivities: Games to Build Connection. Sign up to join us on Zoom and play some games and meet other members of your class that you might not have connected with in your orientation meetings. 

  Shop the UMass Store

The UMass Store is your campus location for UMass clothing and gifts, art and school supplies, health and beauty products, and snacks. The UMass Store also repairs and sells Apple computers and accessories at an educational discount.

   Get Involved

Find out about getting involved in Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), Esport Leagues, Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Governance, Student Media, Arts and Media Agencies, Student Businesses, and fraternities and sororities. Explore Campus Recreation.

   Find a Job

The Student Employment Office lists work study and non-work study jobs, on and off campus. Auxiliary Services also posts a number of student jobs. Complete these forms before you can be hired and paid by the university and consult the I-9 form for ID requirements.

  Buy Your Books

Books by eCampus is the official course materials provider of UMass Amherst. Order course materials via SPIRE following these instructions. Explore free textbooks and educational materials through UMass Libraries’ Open Education Initiative.

  Get a Parking Permit

If you are bringing your car to campus, purchase your parking pass.

  Register to Vote

Submit your voter registration application.

 Follow #40DaysofUMass

Events, tips, updates and resources throughout the first 40 days of your UMass Experience

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