Welcome First Year Students!

We want to make sure you get off to a great start with UMass Amherst.

Something for Everyone

  • Everyone participates in our orientation & transition programs to help ease the adjustment to UMass.
  • We offer programs for first-year students, transfer students, and family members/supporters.


Through the orientation & transition programs you’ll start to experience what it means to be a member of the UMass community. Activities are designed for you to:

  • Connect with each other, current students, advisors, and staff
  • Navigate UMass, including our online presence, and discover more resources
  • Get to know our values, community standards, and your responsibilities
  • Meet with an advisor and register for classes

2021 Orientation & Transition Programs

Our 2021 program combines a new online resource guide; remote meetings with orientation leaders; remote academic advising & course registration; online health education modules; and transition programs. The components for students are:  

  • Your UMass Guide:  This web-based, interactive guide introduces you to the programs, services, and resources available and offers a checklist and personalized list of links to the areas new students want to know more about.  They day after you register for orientation and select an Advising Prep Deadline, you will receive an email to your UMass email account with the subject "Your UMass Guide" and the link to access this important resource. You must complete the first two sections of the guide, Welcome and Academics & Advising prior to your Advising Prep Deadline.
  • Meet Your UMass Community: hosted in June and July, this interactive and engaging welcome to UMass is facilitated by Orientation Leaders in large and small groups via Zoom. Meet the Orientation Leaders; find out what’s required in the orientation & transition process; learn what it means to be a part of the UMass community; and participate in small group ice breakers and Q & A sessions.  The second half of the meeting features our interactive dialouge session, Better Together. Meet Your UMass Community meetings on Zoom are approximately 3 hours long with breaks included. All new students are required to participate in a complete Meet Your UMass Community event.
  • Your Advising Prep Deadline & Your UMass Advising Appointment: throughout June and July academic advisors invite you to make an advising appointment; meet with you to review academic goals, interests, and course recommendations; and assist you in registering for classes.  When you register for orientation you will be asked to select an Advising Prep Deadline. After you complete the advising prep tasks including the Welcome and Academics & Advising sections of Your UMass Guide and your Advising Prep Deadline passes, you will receive your invitation to make your specific appointment during the designated week for your deadline (see chart below). Please note, when you log in to register, you may not be able to select all of the dates listed below. This is because space varies based on your academic plan, college, and admit type. Not every department participates in every week of advising. 

Select Your Advising Prep Deadline

To Be Invited to An Advising Appointment During this Week

Advising  Appointment Invitation Emails Sent

Student Population 

Friday, May 28 

Monday, June 7 – Thursday, June 10 

Thursday, June 3 


Friday, June 4 

Monday, June 14 – Thursday, June 17 

Thursday, June 10 


Friday, June 11 

Monday, June 21 – Thursday, June 24 

Thursday, June 17 

First-Year and MassTransfer 

Friday, June 18 

Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1 

Thursday, June 24 

First-Year and Transfer

Friday, July 2 Monday, July 12 - Thursday, July 15 Thursday, July 8

First-Year and Transfer

Friday, July 9 Monday, July 19 - Thursday, July 22 Thursday, July 15

First-Year and Transfer

Friday, July 16 Monday, July 26-Thursday, July 29 Thursday, July 22 First-Year and Transfer, select schools
  • Your UMass Responsibilities: opening in August complete your required health education modules YIS: Your Intervention Strategies and AlcoholEdu.
  • Fall Welcome: presented as you arrive to campus, our transition programming for first-year, sophomore, and transfer students is designed to establish peer-to-peer connections, provide more resources, and introduce traditions and involvement opportunities. 
  • #40 Days of UMass: content posting to the web, social media, and TV screens across campus promoting offices, resources, events, and important details you need for the first 40 days of the semester.