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Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation

What is orientation all about?
What should I bring?
Will I register for classes during orientation?
Should I bring my health papers?
What about family orientation?
How do you accomodate students with disabilities?
What is the alcohol and drug policy?
Do you accomodate special dietary needs?
When do students take placement tests?
What will orientation cost me?
How can I finance my college education?
What should I do if I am a veteran?


"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 orientation, you will:

  • Know a great deal more about the University.
  • Know how to navigate the many resources available to you.
  • Have new connections with your fellow students.

"What should I bring?"
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
  • an alarm clock
  • a sleeping bag (or sheets and blankets)
  • a pillow
  • your toothbrush and toothpaste
  • soap and shampoo
  • a towel
  • your hairdryer
  • writing materials! (pen or pencil and notebook)

Here is a suggested list of medical items to bring when you visit or move to campus.

Please Note: Make sure you know your COIN and email logins and passwords.

"Will I register for classes during Orientation?"
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.

"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 2014-2015 academic year should be submitted by June 1, 2014. Mail the completed forms to:

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Health Services
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA

"What about Family Orientation?"
An invitation has been sent to your home regarding information about family orientation. Our website also has these details.

"How do you accommodate students with disabilities?"
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

"What is the alcohol and 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, which may result with dismissal from the University.

"Do you accommodate 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 your orientation notice so that we can make the necessary arrangements prior to your arrival.

"When do students take placement tests?"
You are required by state law to take placement tests prior to summer Orientation at UMD.  This will not impact your admission to UMD, but enables advisors to select appropriate math courses and levels for your major.  You may register for placement testing at www.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.

"What will orientation cost?"
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.

"How can I finance my education?"
Financial aid in the form of student employment, grants, scholarships, and loans may be available. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office at (508) 999-8632 for more information.

"What should I do if I am a veteran?"
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. For more information please contact the Registrar's Office at: 508.999.8615.

Other Questions about New Student Orientation?

Please call the Student Affairs Orientation Q&A Hotline at 508.910.6497, or email us at orientation@umassd.edu.





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