What is Orientation?
What should I bring?
Will I register for classes during orientation?
Should I bring my health papers?
What about family orientation?
How do you accommodate students with disabilities?
What is the alcohol and drug policy?
Do you accommodate special dietary needs?
When do students take placement tests?
What will orientation cost?
How can I finance my college education?
What should I do if I am a veteran?
Orientation is designed to ease you through the many "firsts" of going to college. Through workshops, presentations, and small group discussions, we hope to make the beginning of your college career an exciting and successful experience. You will know:
- more about UMass Dartmouth
- how to use the resources available to you
- and many of your new classmates
Bring your questions, your sense of humor, and the following:
- 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
- notebook & pen/pencil
- suggested list of medical items to bring when you visit or move to campus
The Academic Advising Center will block enroll you into several of your first semester courses. During Orientation, your advisor will discuss your course selection, degree requirements, and help you plan for academic success. Following academic advising, you will select two additional courses for your first semester.
UMass Dartmouth requires that all students complete a health history, which you'll submit online. Your forms should be submitted by June 1. More information: Heath Services
We've sent an invitation to your home about family orientation.
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: 508.999.871.
In compliance with the Massachusetts legal drinking age and the UMass Dartmouth 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, which may result in dismissal from the University.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are required by state law to take placement tests prior to June Orientation. This will not impact your admission to UMass Dartmouth, but it enables advisors to select appropriate math courses and levels for your major.
Register for placement testing at placement.umass.edu
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.
A standard orientation fee will be on your tuition bill. This is a one-time, non-waivable fee. Orientation is mandatory, but even if you are unable to attend because of emergencies or unavoidable conflicts, the fee will remain on your bill.
Financial aid in the form of student employment, grants, scholarships, and loans may be available. More information: 508.999.8632.
A Veteran's Affairs official is on staff in the Registrar's Office to handle veteran's benefits and explain policies and procedures related to the GI Bills. Contact: 508.999.8615. More information: Veterans Services.
- Call the Student Affairs Orientation Hotline: 508.910.6497
- Email us at email@example.com