New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Orientation is a two-day session required for all first-year students

  • explore the campus
  • get to know other students
  • meet with academic advisors to finalize course selection for your first semester

Plan to attend your assigned session

Find your Orientation session

Plan your schedule around this required event, which begins at 8:30am on the first day and runs until 12 noon on the second day. If you cannot attend your session, please contact us for more details: 508.910.6497 or

Note: You do not need a parking decal to participate in New Student Orientation.

Before you arrive

  • Take your placement test so you can sign up for classes at Orientation. 

Register for placement testing at

You may log onto this site anytime after March 15. Your enrollment deposit must have been received by the university in order to register for testing. If you encounter difficulties with registration, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 508.999.8455.

  • Be sure you know your UMassD logon (user name and password) so you can access the myUMassD portal for your Zimbra email and the COIN student information system. Learn more: COIN video

What to bring

  • comfortable clothes & shoes
  • driver's license, passport, or state ID, in order to get your student ID
  • alarm app for your phone or an alarm clock
  • sleeping bag (or sheets & blankets) & pillow
  • toothbrush & toothpaste, soap & shampoo, towel & hair dryer
  • umbrella
  • notebook & pen/pencil
  • suggested list of medical items to bring when you visit or move to campus

What you'll do

  • check in and drop off your overnight belongings at Pine Dale Hall
  • meet your Orientation Leader (OL) and your student orientation group
  • participate in academic advising with faculty and staff
  • select your fall courses
  • get your UMassPass student ID card
  • enjoy late night fun and meet lots of people

Students requiring special accommodations

Students requiring special accommodations during Orientation may contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 508.999.8008. Please provide as much advance notice as possible to allow for coordination of requested accommodations.  

The Center for Access and Success provides special accommodations for students with disabilities to assist in their academic success. The services include note-takers, a reduced-distraction test-taking site, access to alternative textbook formats and more. Contact the Office for more information: 508.999.8711.

Special dietary needs

Please make us aware of any special dietary needs or allergies. Contact the Orientation Hotline so we may make the necessary arrangements prior to your arrival: 508.910.6497 or

Come back for Week of Welcome

Events specifically for new first-year residents and commuters.

Alcohol and drug policy

In compliance with the Massachusetts legal drinking age and UMass Dartmouth's alcohol and drug policy, alcoholic beverages are not allowed at New Student Orientation. Violators of the alcohol and drug policy will be dismissed from Orientation and could face University disciplinary action, up to dismissal from the University.