New Student Orientation

Welcome to the UMW Community!

Registration for students entering in the summer or fall of 2018 is now open. Use the following link to learn more about how to register: Orientation Registration.



Orientation is a mandatory experience for new students entering the university.  The orientation experience for first-year students is a two-day program, while transfer students have a one-day orientation experience.

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, begin meeting peers and upper-class students, and generally start to become acquainted with activities that they can be involved in at UMW.

All first-year students will register for classes during their orientation experience. The same number of seats in introductory classes are held for each session; those who attend a later orientation session are not at a disadvantage when registering for classes.

All incoming transfer students are encouraged to contact Academic Services to set up their course schedule before arriving to orientation. Academic Services can be reached at (540) 654-1010. Students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor when they arrive for orientation should they choose.

Before you get arrive over the summer, you can explore the UMW Fredericksburg campus through this virtual tour.

First-Year Orientation Dates 2018

Session 1: June 13-14
Session 2: June 18-19 – This is the recommended session for students who wish to participate in the first Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
Session 3: June 19-20
Session 4: June 21-22 – This is the required session for students who were selected as Jepson Scholars or participating in the Summer Transition Program (STP).
Session 5: June 25-26 – This is the recommended session for students who wish to participate in the second Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
Session 6: June 26-27

Transfer Orientation Dates 2018

May 9
June 15
July 6

*First-year and transfer residential students attending the August 21st orientation session will move in on August 20th.  You will be able to pick up your key at the Eagle Landing front desk.  Please contact the Office of Residence Life for additional information: 540-654-1058.

Remember to start getting into the habit of checking your UMW student email! Need help setting it up? Visit the IT webpage.