About Orientation

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Eagle Gathering on Ball Circle


The University of Mary Washington’s New Student Orientation welcomes all incoming first-year 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. New students entering during the fall semester attend summer orientation, while those entering during the spring semester attend January orientation. The summer orientation program occurs over multiple days for first-year students and over one day for transfer students. The January orientation program occurs during one day before the start of the spring semester.

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.

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. Guest information can be altered at any time, but cancelations are only eligible for a partial refund.

Registration for January Orientation will be opening on November 1st, 2017. For more information on how to register and to access the link, click here.

January Orientation Date:

Residential Student Move-In: January 10th, 2018
Orientation: January 11th, 2018


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