First Year Student Orientation
What is Orientation all about?
Orientation is designed to ease you through the many 'firsts' that entering college represents. Through various workshops, presentations, and small group discussions, we hope to make the beginning of your college career an exciting and successful experience. By the time you leave campus, you will know a great deal more about the University, how to navigate the many resources available to you, and connections with your fellow students.
Orientation is a time that should be informal and enjoyable.You should bring casual clothes, your questions, and a good sense of humor. For your residence hall stay, bring an umbrella, alarm clock, sleeping bag, (or sheets and blankets), pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towel, hairdryer, and writing materials.
Please Note: Make sure you know your COIN and email logins and passwords.
Will I register during Orientation?
The Registrar’s Office and selected faculty advisors have already pre-registered you for three courses for your first semester. 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.
Should I bring my health papers?
UMass Dartmouth requires that all students complete a health questionnaire and immunization form. You should mail the completed health forms 30 days after acceptance to the University, to the UMass Dartmouth Health Office. All forms for the academic year should be submitted by June 1st. Mail the completed forms to:
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA
An invitation has been sent to your home regarding information about family orientation. Our website also has these details.
Center for Access and Success
Students requiring special accommodations during the orientation program, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Outreach at 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 that the Center can provide include note-takers, a reduced-distraction test-taking site, access to alternative textbook formats and more. The staff can be reached at: 508.999.8711
Alcohol & Drug Policy
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, up to dismissal from the University.
Special Dietary Needs
The Student Affairs Office should be made aware of any special dietary needs or allergies. Please let us know of your dietary/allergy needs within five days after you receive this notice so that we can make the necessary arrangements prior to your arrival.
Prior to summer Orientation at UMD you are required by state law to take placement tests. After a waiting period of 5 days upon placing your enrollment deposit, log onto http://placement.umassd.edu/ to register for testing. If you encounter difficulties, please call Suzanne Melloni at 508-999-9299.
Questions about New Student Orientation?
Please call the Student Affairs Orientation Q & A Hotline at (508) 910-6497 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.