New Student Checklist


Track Your Orientation & Transition Progress

Commit & Get Ready | Online Orientation | Advising & Course Registration | Other Important To-Dos | Do More | Q&A Sessions | Important Dates

Students starting in spring 2021: This checklist outlines the steps you'll take during your transition to the UMass Amherst community. Some steps must be completed before you start your online orientation and others will be available closer to the start of your first semester. You can work on more than one section of the checklist at once. Need help? We are here for you all along the way.

If you started in fall 2020, download this printable version of your checklist.
If you're starting in fall 2021, the checklist will be refreshed with new details/deadlines this spring.

  • Pay your $500 enrollment deposit by December 15, 2020.
  • Log in to SPIRE and enter required emergency contact information before you can register for orientation.
  • 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 in the spring semester 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 has been extended to January 11 (new deadline updated 1/7/2020). 

  • Register The priority deadline for online orientation registration for students starting in Spring 2021 was December 18. Registration is now closed. If you are a new student for Spring 2021 and still need to register for orientation, please email newstudent@umass.edu and include your UMass student ID number. We will register you for online orientation and the January Advising & Registration Block.
  • Invite your parents and family members to Parent & Family programs.
  • Start your online orientation course. Opened on December 8, 2020.
  • In online orientation, register for and participate in a required Orientation Welcome meeting. Connect with your peers and the orientation team.
  • Complete required Student Life activities within online orientation: Wellbeing and Student Success, My UMass Community, Better Together, Investing in Your Future, AlcoholEdu, and Your Intervention Strategies (YIS) are due by January 29.
  • Join the UMass Community! Explore opportunities for engagement. Learn about affinity spaces

  • Complete advising prep activities in your online orientation course and take required placement exams, due one week before your advising appointment.
  • Check your UMass email for your advising invitation. Advising Centers will email invitations starting December 21, 2020.
  • Make your advising appointment. Your invitation will include a link to Navigate, our appointment platform. All appointments take place January 4-22. Availability is based on your major/track and school/college.
  • Register for classes. Enrollment opens after you meet with your advisor until February 12, 2021 (the end of add/drop period). Schedule your advising appointment before January 15 to allow enough time to register before classes begin.


   Follow #40DaysofUMass
Check back daily for events, tips, updates and resources throughout the first 40 days of your UMass Experience

   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 as soon as possible.

  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.

  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.

  Register to Vote
Submit your voter registration application or check the status of your existing registration – if your address has changed, you may need to update.

You're invited to join the family Orientation Zoom Q&A sessions with university faculty and staff. Advance registration is required and questions can be submitted in advance on our Google Form.

Monday, January 11, 2021
  • 11 a.m. Academic Perspective
  • 2 p.m. Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advising
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • 11 a.m. Money Matters
  • 2 p.m. Eating at UMass
Friday, January 15, 2021
  • 11 a.m. Living at UMass
  • 2 p.m. The Move-In Process
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
  • 11 a.m. Campus Health and Wellbeing
  • 2 p.m. Safety

Important Dates

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