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Welcome to UMassD!  

This is a year like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UMassD summer orientation has been adapted to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Summer orientation sessions will be conducted primarily through virtual sessions, rather than our typical overnight programs in June. If conditions allow, we also plan to offer a comprehensive orientation program between new student move-in day and the first day of fall semester classes based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Department of Public Health.

Student preparedness check-list

  1. Send official final high school transcript to Admissions
  2. Activate student email account
  3. Complete placement testing
  4. Complete online orientation

You will achieve your orientation in four steps:

1. Online orientation

After depositing with the university, you received an email with instructions on how to log into your myUMassD portal account and were instructed to complete online orientation. The program is an excellent introduction to the university and contains information vital to a successful start here. It can be completed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, in multiple sittings or all at once.

2. Academic advising welcome

You have been “block” enrolled into your fall schedule this year. If you have questions about your schedule, please email your College's Advising Coordinator:

o Charlton College of Business – 

o College of Arts & Sciences – 

o College of Engineering – 

o College of Nursing and Health Sciences – 

o College of Visual and Performing Arts –

o College Now -

This will assist you with any questions regarding your academic advising and class selection.  Please note, you should complete your placement testing as soon as possible.  

3. Orientation leader small group meetings

The zoom orientation sessions started the week of July 15th. Participation is required, but if you are starting late, no worries, we have staff that can help you make up any sessions you may have missed.  You should have received an email assigning you your group, but if you have a question about this, or need the zoom meeting room i.d., just email us at  

Once you have your code, you will sign in at

Here are the topics of discussion

July 15: Getting Started

July 22: Academics

July 29: Nuts & Bolts

August 5: Student Life

August 12: Getting Help

August 19: Stay Informed, Master Checklist & Next Steps


4. Fall orientation

Fall orientation will be held virtually on August 31 & September 1.  More information to come.  


If you have questions or concerns about anything related to Orientation, don’t hesitate to contact us at We’re here to help.



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