New Student Orientation

Welcome to the UMW Community!


Registration is now open for all incoming students who will be starting in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. For more information on how to register and to access the link, click here.



Orientation is a mandatory experience for new students entering the university.  New students entering the summer of 2017 or fall of 2017 should be prepared to attend UMW’s summer orientation program.  The summer orientation program occurs over multiple days for first-year students and over one day for transfer students.

At orientation, students will explore campus, have one-on-one time with an academic advisor if they choose, learn about resources available to them as they transition to academic and student life at UMW, and generally start to become acquainted with activities that they can be involved in at UMW.

First-year students will have the opportunity to register for classes on the second day of the orientation experience. Choose the orientation date that works for best for you, a number of seats in introductory classes will be held for each orientation session.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact Academic Services to set up their course schedule before arriving to orientation. Academic Services can be reached at (540) 654-1010. Students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor when the arrive for orientation.

Before you get arrive over the summer, you can explore the UMW Fredericksburg campus through this virtual tour.


First-Year Orientation Dates 2017

June 14th – 15th
June 19th – 20th – This is the suggested session for Trip 1 of the Student Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
June 20th – 21st
June 22nd – 23rd – This is the required session for the Student Transition Program (STP).
June 26th – 27th – This is the suggested session for Trip 2 of the Student Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
June 27th – 28th

Transfer Orientation Dates 2017

May 10th
June 16th
July 11th

Remember to start getting into the habit of checking your UMW student email! Need help setting it up? Visit the IT webpage.