Orientation 2021: First-Year Schedule

Prior to Virtual Orientation

Prior to Orientation 2021, first-year students will receive an email with their completed fall course schedule and an appointment time to meet virtually with an academic advisor in a one-on-one capacity. Your advisor will discuss the schedule that has been created for you and how to make changes.

Your Virtual Orientation Day

UMW’s virtual orientation will be held over Zoom, an online, interactive video conferencing platform that allows for new Eagles to connect with each other during their session. We recommend that you access orientation on a computer with internet connection, and audio and video capabilities. During orientation you will meet other new Eagles, learn to navigate Canvas modules to prepare you for academic advising, and find out more about the other items you need to complete to prepare you for your arrival on campus in August.

You can find the schedule for the first-year orientation day below. Orientation begins 10 am on the date you registered for and will be completed by 4 pm. Please arrive (log-in) 10-15 minutes early for your orientation session.


Block 1: Morning.

Begins at 10 am

Welcome to Orientation
President’s Welcome
Welcome and Schedule Overview
Introduction to UMW Values
Meet your OL
Introduction to the First-Year Experience
Designing Your Life
Break: Lunch on your own

Block 2: Afternoon


Student Panel
Your journey to your academic advising appointment
OL Time: Q&A, Introduction to Canvas modules, Walk through of your summer homework, using UMW email, July webinar offerings for students and families, Closing

Block 3:  Afternoon

Ends at 4 pm.

UMW Live
OL Debrief and Closing

Block 4:

Optional Evening and next day activities

Evening Activities
Option following day to have OL Time


Following Virtual Orientation

Following orientation, there will be a series of Canvas modules for you to complete and July Enrichment opportunities to for you to take advantage of. Some of the areas covered are as follows:

Canvas modules: Student Accounts, Financial Aid, On-Campus Housing, Academic Supports, Changing Your Schedule in Banner, Gearing Up for Your First-year Seminar, Financial Literacy, and more…

There is also an opportunity for optional in-person orientation session to supplement the virtual orientation experience.


Optional In-Person Orientation Schedule can be found here.


July Enrichment Webinar Opportunities:

-Campus Safety

-First-Year Fundamentals: Your Student, What to Expect – Your Next Steps

-Campus Dining

-The Honors Program

-The GI Bill and You

-Getting Involved on Campus

-Education Abroad

-Out of State Student Panel

-First in the Family

-Center for Career Professional Development

-Resources to Stay Well on Campus