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. The summer orientation for first-year students is a two-day overnight program for all entering students to acquaint them with campus and help to create strong bonds with new incoming Eagles. The summer orientation program for transfer students will occur on separate one day experience for transfer students. Students who are entering UMW in the spring semester attend January orientation, a one day experience.

During orientation, incoming students will be introduced to an orientation leader (OL) 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. We encourage guests to register for Orientation with more details to follow about the sessions offered to guests over the summer.

Registration will open on in mid-March. For more information on how to register and to access the link, click here.

First-Year Orientation Dates 2022

Session 1: June 13-14

Session 2: June 16-17

Session 3: June 21-22

Session 4: June 23-24

Session 5: June 27-28

Transfer Orientation Dates 2022

Friday, May 20

Wednesday, June 15

Wednesday, June 29

          Friday, July 22*

Tuesday, August 16

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