New Student Orientation

Orientation is a two (2) day session required for all First-Year Students designed to help you make a smooth transition from high school to the University. Here are the Orientation 2018 Dates!

June 11-12, 2018

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

June 14-15, 2018

College of Engineering: all majors
College of Nursing

June 18-19, 2018

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Arts & Sciences Undeclared major
  • Science majors: Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Medical Lab Science (MLS), Math (MTH)

Connect

June 21-22, 2018

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Liberal Arts major
  • 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)

College Now/START

 

August 30, 2018

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

Find your Orientation 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 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

For Fall Start Term - All new first year students are required to complete placement testing to ensure proper placement into math and foreign language courses.  To complete your placement testing:

  1. You must have paid your enrollment deposit to the University.
  2. Testing opens April 1.
  3. You MUST complete your placement test prior to your June Orientation so we may enroll you into courses.
  4. Log into the UMassD portal using your newly created login.
  5. Click on the New Student tab.
  6. Click on the Placement test link.
  7. Read all of the instructions.
  8. Click the take test button.

For a Spring Start Term - All new first year students are required to complete placement testing to ensure proper placement into math and foreign language courses.  To complete your placement testing:

  1.  You must have paid your enrollment deposit to the University.
  2. Testing opens December  1.
  3. You MUST complete your placement test prior to your January Orientation so we may enroll you into courses.
  4. Log into the UMassD portal using your newly created login.
  5. Click on the New Student tab.
  6. Click on the Placement test link.
  7. Read all of the instructions.
  8. Click the take test button.

 Math placement - Students taking placement exams will be required to complete the elementary algebra exam, and if your program of study requires calculus, you will also be required to take the pre-calculus exam.  If your major is one of the following, you will need to take both the algebra and the pre-calculus exam.  

  1. All Engineering majors
  2. Chemistry majors
  3. Math majors

All other majors must complete the algebra level exam. You may elect to take the pre-calculus exam if you are interested in taking a calculus course in the future. Biology majors wishing to follow a pre-health track should take the pre-calculus exam.

Foreign Language - Students whose majors require the study of a foreign language are required to take a foreign language exam provided they studied the language in high school. Otherwise, you will begin your program of study with an entry level course.  You will select the foreign language test you wish to take.

Majors whose programs require a foreign language are: Anthropology, Art History, Arts & Sciences Undeclared, Crime and Justice Studies, Economics, English, French, History, Liberal Arts, Math, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies.

If you have any questions, please email us at placement@umassd.edu

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 June On-campus Orientation

Thursday, August 30, 2018 is the final Orientation session for new first-year students starting in the Fall 2018 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 umassd.edu email account inviting you to the August 30, 2018 Orientation. Once you respond to the RSVP, detailed information about the day will be provided.

Contact us for more details: 508.910.6497 or orientation@umassd.edu

 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 2nd   – Move-In for residential new students

Monday, September 3rd  – “What’s It All About?”, Commuter Meeting, Floor Meetings, Corsair Olympics 

Tuesday, September 4th  – Class of 2022 photo, Convocation, lunch on the quad, “Excuse me, Can you tell me

                                                    where…?” 

Wednesday, September 5th – 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 orientation@umassd.edu.

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.

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