About Orientation

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Eagle Gathering on Ball Circle


The University of Mary Washington’s New Student Orientation welcomes all incoming freshman and transfer students and their families to campus.  The Division of Student Affairs and the Orientation Staff are committed to making students and their families feel welcomed, involved, and connected to the University.  At Orientation, students meet other incoming and current students, register for academic courses, and learn more about the UMW campus, policies, and traditions.

Orientation is a mandatory experience for new students entering the university. Students entering for the spring semester must attend January Orientation. New students entering the fall attend summer orientation.  The January program is held over multiple days prior to the start of the semester.  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.

New students for the 2016 spring semester can begin setting up their spring 2016 course schedules now.  Registration advising appointments with the Office of Academic and Career Services are available now via phone or in person.  Academic and Career Services may be reached at 540-654-1010.

There is no up front cost for students for the Orientation program as it will be billed to your account. You may bring guests with you but they must be registered to attend there will be a $40 fee for each guest over the age of 7. Additional information regarding January orientation is forthcoming!


January Orientation Dates:

Residential student move-in: January 7, 2016, 9-4:30 pm

Orientation Dates:  January 8-9, 2016. Check-In opens at 8 am

Summer Orientation Dates and Information for fall 2016 new students will be coming soon!