New Student Orientation

Welcome to the UMW Community!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Mary Washington! New Student Orientation is a special time for students and the entire Mary Washington community. We are thrilled to welcome you!

This year, due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, our New Student Orientation program will be primarily virtual, but no less lively or exciting. Registration for the virtual orientation program will open on April 19 after 2 pm. We are continuing to monitor Covid-19 in the Fredericksburg area and are exploring the possibility of opportunities for you to visit campus in late June as an optional supplement to your virtual orientation experience.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

As information becomes available about the New Student Orientation process, we will make it available to you via this website. Please feel free to email with questions.


You can also connect with UMW virtually:

Register for one or more of our virtual interest webinars. These sessions are a great way to learn more about UMW while staying safely at home.

Check out our video view books with faculty, staff, and students sharing campus traditions, experiential learning opportunities, and even some “day in the life” student perspectives.


*Mandatory Virtual First-Year Orientation Dates 2021

Session 1: Monday, June 14, 10 am – 4 pm

Session 2: Tuesday, June 15, 10 am – 4 pm

Session 3: Wednesday, June 16, 10 am – 4 pm

Session 4: Thursday, June 17, 10 am – 4 pm

Session 5: Friday, June 18, 10 am – 4 pm

Session 6: Monday, June 21, 10 am – 4 pm

Find the first-year virtual schedule here.

*Mandatory Virtual Transfer Orientation Dates 2021

Friday, May 14, 1 pm – 4 pm

Friday, June 11, 1 pm – 4 pm

Tuesday, July 6, 1 pm – 4 pm

Find the transfer virtual schedule here.

Optional In-Person Orientation Dates 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Thursday, June 24, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Friday, June 25, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Monday, June 28, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Tuesday. June 29, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, June 30, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Thursday, July 1, 10:30 am – 5 pm

Find the tentative first-year in-person schedule here.

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

*You will receive an email two days prior to your session with your zoom link!