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First Year Orientation

Welcome to UMassD, Class of 2025!

Your Orientation will familiarize you with the university and prepare you for the upcoming year. It takes place in 3 steps:  

  1. Online Orientation: available in your myUMassD portal after you deposit
  2. Academic Welcome: Recordings available in your student portal 
  3. On-campus Orientation: August 28-31 

On-campus Orientation August 28-31

We’re excited to welcome you to campus. Go to your UMassD email to find out the name of your Orientation Leader OL. 

Here's all the information you need for your On-campus orientation:

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: 

Get your COVID vaccination.  UMass Dartmouth is requiring all residential and commuter students who will attend in-person classes or use any campus facility to be fully vaccinated and upload the record of vaccination to the Health Services Patient Portal before the start of the fall semester.   

Your On-Campus Orientation is 4 days!  Each day is designed to help you transition to UMassD, get to know fellow students and staff and give you the best possible start to your college life!  You should dress comfortably each day and be prepared to do lots of traveling. You will get your UMassPass on the first day and you should bring it everyday! We don't want you to miss out on any of the fun!  You only have one orientation! 

Arrival 

Saturday, August 28 – Get Your UMassPass and Meet Your ORIENTATION LEADER(OL)!! 

Commuting Students – Arrive to Campus for 3:00pm & Park in Lots 8, 8a, 5, 4 or 3 and Walk to Cressy Athletic Field. Bring your identification to get your UMassPass. 

Residential Students – 3:30pm walk to Cressy Athletic Field and don’t forget to bring your UMassPass. 

Programs End at Midnight.  Dinner will be served at the Grove but bring cash for late night snacks.   

Sunday, August 29 

Honors Students – Arrive at 9:00am at the Orientation Tent in the Campus Center Quad – Commuting students park in lots 5, 4, 3 or 2. 

Commuting Students – Arrive to campus for 10:00 am and park in lots 5, 4, 3 or 2 and meet your OL at your assigned Meeting Place. 

Residential Students – Meet your OL at 10:00am at your assigned Meeting Place. 

Programs End at 11:00pm – Brunch and Dinner will be served at the Grove for all students and snacks will be made available at the beginning and end of the day.  

Monday, August 30 

Commuting Students – Arrive to campus and Park in lots 5, 4, 3 or 2 between 8:00am- 9:30am for breakfast in the Grove.  If you want to skip breakfast, meet your OL at your assigned Meeting Place at 9:45am. 

Residential Students – Breakfast in the Grove from 8:00am- 9:30am or if you want to skip breakfast,  meet your OL at 9:45am at your assigned Meeting Place. 

Programs End at Midnight – Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served to all students at the Grove but students should bring cash for late night snacks. 

Tuesday, August 31 – CONVOCATION DAY 

Commuting Students - Arrive to campus for 10:00 am and park in lots 5, 4, 3 or 2 and go to the Auditorium for the Commuter Meeting. 

Residential Students – Go to the Amphitheater for 10:30am. 

Programs End at 3pm – Lunch will be served to all students in the Campus Center Quad.  

 

Email any questions to orientation@umassd.edu.  See you soon!   

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