About Orientation

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.

The UMW Orientation Team is so excited to welcome you to campus! Orientation is a mandatory experience for new students entering the university. First-year students will attend a two-day overnight program in the summer to acquaint them with campus and help to create strong bonds with other incoming Eagles. Transfer students will attend a one day experience to help them acclimate to a new campus community. Transfer students entering in the Spring Semester will attend a one-day orientation session in January – typically the Friday before classes begin.

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 for Orientation will open on March 14th for summer sessions.

First-Year Orientation Dates 2023

June 13-14

June 15-16

June 20-21

June 22-23

June 27-28

Transfer Orientation Dates 2023

May 19

June 12

June 26

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