Orientation is required for all first-year students. You will:

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

You will receive an email invitation to register for your assigned orientation session.

  • Schedule: Day 1 begins at 7:30am. Students stay overnight in the residence halls. Day 2 ends at 1:15pm.
  • Park: Lots 5 & 6
  • Check-in: ScallyWagon at Lot 6A

2019 sessions

  • June 13-14: Charlton College of Business, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • June 17-18: College of Engineering, College of Nursing
  • June 20-21: College of Arts & Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Crime & Justice Studies, Economics, English, French, History, Mathematics, Medical Lab Science, Philosophy, Portuguese, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Women's & Gender Studies
  • June 24-25: College of Arts & Sciences: Arts & Sciences Undeclared, Liberal Arts; College Now/START 
  • June 27 & August 30: make-up session for students in all colleges, programs, and majors who did not attend an assigned orientation.

Plan to attend your session: if you cannot attend your assigned session, please plan to attend a make-up session in late June or late August.

Required steps

Before orientation

  • Online orientation: you must complete your online orientation prior to attending your on-campus orientation. 
    Go to: myUMassD: Orientation and log-in using your UMassD account.
  • Placement testing: you are required to complete placement testing to ensure proper placement into math and foreign language courses. If you have any questions, please email: placement@umassd.edu.

After orientation

  • Check your UMassD email account regularly
  • Complete Not Anymore, a federally-mandated program for all first-year students 
  • Complete This We Believe, your first-year reading project
  • Complete student health information
  • Enter your emergency contact information

September orientation

Orientation continues as you prepare to begin classes:

  • Sunday, September 1: Move-in day for new residential students
  • Monday, September 2: Fall Orientation Day 1 - What's it all about?, Commuter Meeting, Floor Meetings, Corsair Olympics 
  • Tuesday, September 3: Fall Orientation Day 2 - Class Photo, Convocation, Lunch on the Quad, Can you tell me where…?
  • Wednesday, September 4: Classes begin