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Is Orientation mandatory for all incoming students?
Yes. Students meet with an academic advisor, register for courses, get familiar with university resources, and begin to get equipped for success on campus at UMW.
International Students attend a separate orientation process. Learn more by clicking here.
Do parents and families need to attend Orientation?
Parents and families are not required to attend, but we encourage you to join your student. You will attend programs designed to show you how to best support your student with their transition to Mary Washington.
Do families stay on campus during Orientation?
No. Housing is not included for family members, but we encourage you to review this website for discounts at local hotels: http://orientation.umw.edu/guests/#lodgingandaccommodations
When is Orientation?
Orientation occurs in June for Fall admits and in January for Spring admits.
Summer 2015 Dates: Transfer 2015 Dates:
Session #1: June 17-18 Thursday, August 7
Session #2: June 18-19 Friday, August 8
Session #3: June 22-23 Monday, August 11
Session #4: June 23-24
Session #5: June 24-25
Session #6: June 25-26
Do I need a parking permit?
You will be given a permit for Orientation upon your arrival, at no additional charge.
Please note that first-year students are not allowed to have a car on campus upon move-in. Parking passes for the school year are available through Parking Management.
Is the student fee refundable if I decide not to attend UMW?
What is placement testing? Do I have to take these tests at Orientation?
All incoming first-year students will complete placement testing during Orientation. These tests ensure that Academic Advisors help students create a successful schedule of coursework and maximize your opportunity for success in the future.
Each student will complete a math and foreign language (Spanish, French, German, or Latin) exam. Students planning to take Chemistry as part of their degree program or in pursuit of a Pre- Health Professional field will be required to complete a chemistry exam. These do not require a calculator.
Students with prior credit (transfer or dual enrollment credits) are exempt. Students with backgrounds in languages other than Spanish, French, German or Latin are exempt from the language testing. Students with pending AP results will take the exams. If you have questions about testing, please contact the Office of Academic and Career Services at 540/654-1010
I missed Orientation. What do I do?
Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students, but we understand that students have planned travel or other obligations during Orientation dates. Please contact the Office of Student Activities and Engagement at SAE@umw.edu or 540/654-1061 to discuss your options.
Common UMW Terms
|Dodd||Dodd Auditorium located in George Washington Hall|
|EagleOne||The student identification card also used for entry into residence halls and dining halls|
|Jeffy Square||Jefferson Square|
|JRB||Judicial Review Board|
|SAE||Office of Student Activities and Engagement located in the lower level of Seacobeck Hall|
|Sammy D. Eagle||An Eagle and the official mascot at UMW|
|Seaco||(pronounced See-Ko) The dining hall in Seacobeck Hall|
|SGA||The Student Government Association|
|The Turf||The intramural fields|
|UG||The Underground; a dining facility and popular spot for night entertainment|
|UPC||University Programming Council|
|Student Services||Academic Services, Registrar, Financial Aid, Parking Management, and Cashier on the 2nd Floor of Lee Hall|