About Orientation

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Eagle Gathering on Ball Circle


The University of Mary Washington’s New Student Orientation welcomes all incoming first-year and transfer students and their families to campus.  The Division of Student Affairs and the Orientation Staff are committed to making students and their families feel welcomed, involved, and connected to the University.  At Orientation, students meet other incoming and current students, register for academic courses, and learn more about the UMW campus, policies, and traditions.

Orientation is a mandatory experience for new students entering the university. New students entering during the fall semester attend summer orientation, while those entering during the spring semester attend January orientation. The summer orientation program occurs over two days for first-year students and over one day for transfer students. The January orientation program occurs during one day before the start of the spring semester.

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, and generally start to become acquainted with activities that they can be involved in at UMW.

There is no up front cost for students for the Orientation program as it will be billed to your account. You may bring guests with you but they must be registered to attend: there will be a $40 fee for each guest over the age of 7. Guest information can be altered at any time, but cancelations are only eligible for a partial refund.

Registration for summer Orientation will be opening on March 1st. For more information on how to register and to access the link, click here.

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) must sign up for this session.
Session 6: June 26-27

Tuesday, August 21

Transfer Orientation Dates 2018

May 9
June 15
July 6

August 21


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