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Step 4: Corsair Orientation

Be prepared for Orientation

Make sure you are up-to-date with requirements and assignments on the fall accepted student checklist or spring accepted student checklist.

Your final step in the orientation experience!

Corsair Orientation for first-year students who are new to college is an in-person experience that you'll never forget! If you're starting in the fall, your Orientation can be a one-day program or a two-day, overnight program during the summer. If you're joining our community during the spring semester, you'll attend a one-day Orientation in January.

Transfer students may contact us to opt in to the overnight program but are generally signed up for a one-day Transfer Orientation.

Veteran students who are starting their first semester are encouraged to contact our office at orientation@umassd.edu to determine the best orientation experience for your needs.

During Corsair Orientation you will…

  • be matched with an Orientation Leader and a group of fellow students
  • meet with an Academic Advisor and review your courses in the computer lab (bring your login credentials to complete this important step)
  • obtain your UMass Pass (student ID)
  • learn the ins and outs of your finances on campus including financial aid, work study, and how to pay your bill
  • learn about involvement opportunities
  • learn more about your own and the university values
  • have fun, meet with people, and win prizes
  • hear from university leadership about your rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for growth as a new Corsair
  • take an optional campus tour

Course Selection

Before Orientation, you’ll be enrolled in classes. Then during Orientation, you’ll review your schedule. Advisors, staff, and your Orientation leader will be there to help you through the process.

Note: In order for us to enroll you in the correct classes, you must complete your placement testing before Orientation. (You will need to activate your UMassD account and set up multifactor authentication with Duo mobile app before you can access the placement testing.)

Academic Advising

Academic advising is a relationship in which an academic advisor helps you select, plan, and complete your academic goals in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. You will want to work closely with your advisor to plan your program of study so you will take courses in their proper sequence to meet the graduation requirements for your degree program. Every student will have their own academic advisor within their college to assist them with these needs.

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