Families & Guests: Information About Orientation

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Orientation – Brief Schedule Overview 

Lodging and Accommodations

How Can I Get Involved as a Family Member?




Summer Orientation – Brief Overview Schedule

*Please note:  Orientation schedules are subject to change.  You will receive an up-to-date and descriptive schedule upon Orientation Check-In and more details will be posted to this site in April. Please use the following times to help plan your travel schedule.

First-Year Orientation

These sessions will be a two-day experience.

Day One: Begins at 9 am (Check-In will begin as early as 7:30 am).

Families and guests will have the opportunity to learn about the course registration process, student life on campus, student accounts, request of information, and financial aid while students learn real world skills to assist in their collegiate success.

In the afternoon, families and guests will have the opportunity to explore educational sessions with their students. The day will conclude with a dessert reception for guests at 6 pm. Students will move into an evening of on-campus programming designed for students, by students, to prepare them for life at college.

Day Two: Begins at 7:45 am for students, 8 am for guests

Students will learn more about life at UMW, meet with academic services and faculty to prepare for July advising,  and register for courses.

Families and guests will learn what to expect in their students’ first year and find out more about safety on campus, resources available to support physical and mental health, and how to best support their student through the first year. The day will wrap up between at around 12 pm. Residence halls will be available to tour from 12:15-1:30 pm.

For a more detailed schedule, click here.

Transfer Orientation

These sessions will be a one-day experience.

The day typically begins at 9:30 am (Check-In will begin as early as 8:30 am) and will wrap up between 5 – 6 pm. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Services at 540-654-1010 for course registration prior to their arrival. Time will, however, be provided for any additional advising necessary and for students to take care of business they may have on campus.

During the orientation program, students and their guests will have the opportunity to learn about student life on campus, student accounts, how to get engaged on their new campus, and will have the opportunity to explore educational sessions together.

If you are in need of lodging, please refer to the section below titled, “Lodging and Accommodations.”




Lodging and Accommodations

Are you planning to stay overnight during Orientation? Residential students will be staying overnight in a campus residence hall, but families and guests are welcome to stay in one of the several hotels in the Fredericksburg Area.




Web and Rates

Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at UMW
1241 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Hyatt Place
Best Western Fredericksburg
2205 Plank Road
Best Western
By Marriott
620 Caroline Street
Courtyard Marriott
Fredericksburg Hospitality House
2801 Plank Road
Fredericksburg Hospitality House
Hampton Inn & Suites
1080 Hospitality Lane
Hampton Inn & Suites
Hilton Garden Inn
1060 Hospitality Lane
Hilton Garden Inn
Homewood Suites
1040 Hospitality Lane
Homewood Suites
Inn at the Olde Silk Mill
1707 Princess Anne Street
Inn at the Old Silk Mill
Kenmore Inn
1200 Princess Anne Street
Kenmore Inn
Quality Inn
2310 Plank Road
Quality Inn
Richard Johnston Inn
711 Caroline Street


Richard Johnston Inn




How Can I Get Involved?

Looking for ways to connect to the University of Mary Washington? Explore the different opportunities to support your student below:

Family Weekend is an annual event that takes place each fall at the University of Mary Washington. Friends and families of UMW students are invited to visit the campus and get a taste of student life.

Stay current on what’s going on at the university by signing up for the parent newsletter at umw.campusesp.com.

Parent and Family Resources