New Student Orientation

Welcome to the UMW Community!

Registration for students entering in the spring of 2019 is 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 arrive, you can explore the UMW Fredericksburg campus through this virtual tour.

January Orientation 2019

Thursday, January 10

First-Year Orientation Dates 2019

Session 1: June 10-11
Session 2: June 12-13 – This is the recommended session for students who wish to participate in the first Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
Session 3: June 17-18
Session 4: June 20-21 – This is the required session for students who were selected as Jepson Scholars or participating in the Summer Transition Program (STP).
Session 5: June 24-25 – 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 2019

May 17
June 14
July 9

*Summer and Fall Orientation Registration will open March 1, 2019.

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