NEST (New Experiences for Students Transitioning)

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View the official 2023 NEST Schedule!

New Experiences for Students Transitioning, referred to as NEST, is a five-day pre-arrival program open to all incoming students. NEST takes place just before New Student Arrival in August, and gives incoming students a unique opportunity to form bonds with peers, explore UMW, and connect with the greater Fredericksburg community.

Community service is an integral part of NEST. Each year, students in the program participate in service activities on and off-campus, fostering relationships with the broader community. 

Registration for NEST will open in April 2023!

For more information, contact the NEST Coordinators at!


Find Out More About The Program and see a sample schedule


*Note: Honors students will be in the City As Text program at the same time as NEST and, as such, cannot participate in both.