New Student Orientation

Orientation is a two (2) day session required for all First-Year Students and designed to help you make a smooth transition from high school to the University.

Your invitation to your Orientation Session is sent via email. To register, follow the link in your email invitation.

Orientation 2019 Dates

June 13-14

Charlton College of Business: all majors
College of Visual and Performing Arts: all majors

June 17-18

College of Engineering: all majors
College of Nursing

June 20-21

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Humanities & Social Science majors: Crime and Justice Studies (CJS), Economics (ECO), English (ENL), French (FRN), History (HST), Philosophy (PHL), Portuguese (POR), Political Science (PSC), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC), Spanish (SPA), Women's Studies (WMS)
  • Science majors: Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Medical Lab Science (MLS), Math (MTH)

June 24-25

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Arts & Sciences Undeclared major
  • Liberal Arts major

College Now/START 

June 27 & August 30

MakeUp Session for all colleges, programs, and majors who did not attend assigned Orientation

First Year Student Orientation Details

Orientation is a two-day session required for all first-year students. First year student stay overnight in the residence halls and will;

  • 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

Plan your schedule around this required event, which begins at 8:00am on the first day and runs until 12 noon on the second day. If you cannot attend your assigned session or the June makeup session, please see the section below if you missed your June Orientation

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

Before you arrive for your On-campus Orientation

  • On-Line Orientation  

You must complete your on-line orientation prior to attending your on-campus orientation.  On-line orientation is designed to ease you through the many 'firsts' of going to college.  Complete the following steps for your on-line orientation:

  1. Sign into your My UMassD account
  2. Select New Students
  3. Select Orientation
  4. Select On-Line Orientation
  •  Placement Testing

All new first year students are required to complete placement testing to ensure proper placement into math and foreign language courses.  If you have any questions, please email us at

What to bring to On-campus Orientation

  • sleeping bag (or sheets & blankets) & pillow
  • driver's license, passport, or state ID, in order to get your student ID
  • alarm app for your phone or an alarm clock
  • comfortable clothes & shoes
  • 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 at On-campus Orientation

  • 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

If you missed your Assigned and MakeUp June On-campus Orientation

Friday, August 30, 2019 is the final Orientation session for new first-year students starting in the Fall 2019 semester. This session is for all colleges, programs, and majors, and provides an abbreviated version of the 2-day June Orientation.

A one-day session required for all first-year students who did not attend in June:

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

Once you have deposited with the University, an email will be sent to your email account inviting you to the August 30, 2019 Orientation. Once you respond to the RSVP, detailed information about the day will be provided.

Contact us for more details: 508.910.6497 or

September Orientation

Your UMassD Orientation continues as you prepare to begin classes.  Please find the following information on your September Orientation, Transitional Programming for First Year Students.

Sunday, September 1st    – Move-In for residential new students

Monday, September 2nd   – Fall Orientation Day 1 - “What’s It All About?”, Commuter Meeting, Floor Meetings, Corsair Olympics 

Tuesday, September 3rd  – Fall Orientation Day 2 - Class of 2023 photo, Convocation, lunch on the quad, “Excuse me, Can you tell me where…?” 

Wednesday, September 4th  – Classes begin

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

Gender inclusive housing

We have gender inclusive housing available for trans and non-binary students. Please contact Karen Pimentel for accommodations: 508.910.6402 or

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.