January Orientation FAQs

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What are the dates for Orientation? Is Orientation mandatory for all students? Will I be staying overnight and, if so, where?
Do I have to pay anything in advance to attend? When do I register for classes? Can I bring a parent or guests to Orientation?
How can I request disability-related accommodations? Do I need a parking permit?  How do I register for Orientation?
Do I need to bring anything to Orientation? How do I get more information about Orientation? Including schedule specifics. UMW Common Terms

What are the available dates for Orientation?

January Orientation Date 2017

January Orientation will take place on January 13-14. Residential students can begin moving in on January 12th.


Is Orientation mandatory for all students?

Yes. Orientation is essential in providing to you all the resources you need to make your time at UMW as successful and fulfilling as possible. Please note that you will be billed for the New Student Arrival and Programs (which includes the fees for Orientation) whether or not you attend. This charge will appear on your first tuition bill. 


Will I be staying overnight and, if so, where?

January Orientation is a two-day event and off-campus students will not stay overnight. Residential students may move into their residence hall starting January 12th.

If you have any specific housing concerns or the timing of your arrival, please e-mail reslife@umw.edu at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.

Families and Guests will not be provided with lodging. Please see: Lodging and Accommodations to review the great lodging establishments we have in the Fredericksburg Area.


Do I have to pay anything in advance to attend?

No, the charge will automatically be included in the “New Student Arrival and Programs” fee on your UMW Bill. The fee will be posted to your student account, then billed to you with the rest of your tuition. 

If you are bringing guests, there is a fee of $40 per guest 7 years of age and older. Guest fees are paid online at the time of orientation registration.


When do I register for classes?

Transfer students will be assigned an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the morning when they check into orientation.

First year students will be given an appointment with an Academic Advisor on January 12th.

Students are encouraged to call the Office of Academic Services to register for their classes prior to orientation attendance. They may be reached at 540-654-1010.


Can I bring a parent or guest to Orientation?

Parents and guests are more than welcome to attend Orientation with you! In fact, we have programming that is set aside just for them during the experience.  Some students come alone and some come accompanied, there are about half of each. Families and guests will have a separate schedule from the students, sometimes you will be together and other times you will be separated to attend specific programming. There is an additional cost of $40 for parents and guests over the age of 7 to cover program expenses. Housing will not be provided to guests, please take a look at the wonderful lodging accommodations we have in the Fredericksburg area under Lodging and Accommodations.


How do I request disability-related accommodations?

If you wish to request disability-related accommodations, please include those accommodations in your registration when prompted. If you have any further questions about accommodations we offer, please call the Office of Disability Resources at 540-654-1266.


Do I need a parking permit?

All students and guests will be able to park in the Thornton Parking lot, located at the corner of Thornton Street and College Avenue. This parking is provided at no additional charge. Parking passes for the school year for upperclass students or commuter students are available through Parking Management.


How do I register for Orientation?

The instructions for registering for January Orientation can be found here.


Do I need to bring anything to Orientation?

Students should bring a government issued photo ID so they can pick up their EagleOne card if they have not already done so. Students may also bring a notebook and pen if they wish to take notes during sessions. All other materials will be provided.

A schedule for the day’s events will also be provided at check in.


How do I get more information about Orientation including schedule specifics.

A tentative schedule can be found here. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. All students will receive a finalized schedule when they check in for orientation.


Common UMW Terms

Term Explanation
ARH Association of Residence Halls – a student run board that oversees and programs for the different Residence Halls across campus
Ball Ball Circle located in the center of campus
CPB Campus Programming Board – a student run programming body that organized big and small scale events throughout the year
CRF Campus Recreation Field located next to the Alvey Parking Deck
CHLS Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service located on the 3rd floor of the University Center
Dodd Dodd Auditorium located in George Washington Hall
EagleOne The student identification card also used for entry into residence halls and dining halls
Honor Council A student run board that reviews an Honor Code violations
JFMC James Farmer Multicultural Center located on the 3rd floor of the University Center
Jeffy Square Jefferson Square
JRB Judicial Review Board – the student run board that reviews any student behavioral infractions
OL Orientation Leader – the individuals who work during orientation and help acclimate you to UMW
SAE Office of Student Activities and Engagement located on the 3rd floor of the University Center
Sammy D. Eagle An Eagle and the official mascot at UMW
UC The University Center; commonly used to refer to the 4th floor dining
SGA The Student Government Association
UG The Underground; a dining facility and popular spot for night entertainment
Student Services Academic Services, Registrar, Financial Aid, Parking Management, and Cashier located on the 2nd Floor of Lee Hall