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. New students entering the fall attend summer orientation. 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.

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 summer orientation is forthcoming!

Orientation registration is now open and dates are listed below.  Don’t worry if you can’t make one of the first dates. We hold spaces in classes to ensure that all of our students have equal opportunity to enroll in the courses of their choice.