About Orientation

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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 virtual program will occur on separate one day experiences for first-year and transfer students. The January orientation program occurs during one day before the start of the spring semester.

During virtual orientation, incoming students will be introduced to an orientation leader who will guide them through their next steps.  The OLs will introduce them to aspects of campus, academics, and 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. If a guest has already registered and paid the $40 fee, it will be refunded.  We encourage guests to continue registering for virtual Orientation with more details to follow about the sessions & webinars offered to guests over the summer.

Registration for summer Orientation will reopen on Wednesday, May 6. For more information on how to register and to access the link, click here.

Virtual First-Year Orientation Dates 2020

Session 1: Thursday, June 18

Session 2: Friday, June 19

Session 3: Monday, June 22

Session 4: Tuesday, June 23

Session 5: Wednesday, June 24

Session 6: Thursday, June 25

Session 7: Friday, June 26

Session 8: Monday, June 29

Session 9: Tuesday, June 30

Virtual Transfer Orientation Dates 2020

Thursday, May 21

Wednesday, June 17

Tuesday, July 7

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