How to Register

This page will answer any questions you have about registering for orientation.


  1. When can I register?

Registration for all incoming first-year and transfer students entering during Summer 2020 is open now. See bellow for the link. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Need accommodations due to a disability for orientation?  Please make requests through the registration process. You can reach the Office of Disability Resources here if you have any specific questions.


  1. How do I register?


Click on the Student Registration button above and follow the following steps.

1. Log into VZ Orientation Sign in using your UMW credentials–that’s your UMW NetID and password!  Don’t know what that means? Find out more about your UMW Login ID and Passwords.
2. Fill out the Registration Questionnaire Students: Fill out the registration form and make sure you do so thoroughly. You will be asked to provide student information, guest information, as well as complete a short questionnaire. Some of this information will be used to adjust the programs that are available during Orientation. Please pay close attention to these questions and answer honestly so that programming during Orientation accurately reflects what you want and need.
3. Are You Bringing a Guest?

If you are planning on bringing a guest, make sure that you add them to your registration form. If you are unsure about whether or not you will bring a guest, you can always log back in and add them later. After you’ve told us all about your guests in your Orientation registration, you’ll need to pay for them.  Guest tickets are $40* for each guest above the age of 7 and the price includes materials and meals.

*Guest information can be updated at any time. However, guest cancelations will only be eligible for a partial refund.

Remember to start checking your UMW student email! Need help setting up your email? Visit the IT webpage.


  1. What are the dates for Orientation?

First-Year Orientation Dates 2020

Session 1: June 8-9 – This is the required session for students who wish to participate in the first Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
Session 2: June 10-11
Session 3: June 15-16 – This is the required session for students who wish to participate in the second Summer Orientation Adventure Retreat (SOAR).
Session 4: June 17-18 – This is the required session for students who were selected as Jepson Scholars or participating in the Student Transition Program (STP).
Session 5: June 22-23
Session 6: June 24-25

Transfer Orientation Dates 2020

June 12
July 7

  1. Is there a cost for Orientation?

The cost for Orientation will automatically be included in the “New Student Arrival and Programs” fee on your UMW Bill. The fee will be posted to your student account, and then billed with the first semester’s tuition. Included in your registration are meals during the session, all Orientation materials and programming, and presenters. The fee also goes towards programming that happens throughout the spring semester.

In addition, there is a fee of $40 per guest 7 years of age and older. Guest fees are paid online at the time of orientation registration. Guest registration can be altered at any time for no additional charge; however only partial refunds will be given for a cancelled guest registration. Guest lodging should be arranged for separately. You can reference our Lodging and Accommodations page for more information.


  1. How do I register my guest(s)?

Guests can be registered online at the time of orientation registration, or anytime after registration is complete by clicking here and logging back into the registration system. There is a fee of $40 per guest 7 years of age and older. Guest registration can be altered at any time for no additional charge; however only partial refunds will be given for a cancelled guest registration.


  1. When do I get to register for classes?

First-year students will meet with an academic advisor during their orientation experience. Don’t worry about which session you’ve signed up for, the same number of seats are held in introductory classes for each orientation session. Those who attend later sessions are not at a disadvantage while registering for classes.

Transfer students are encouraged to speak with Academic Services prior to arriving to orientation; you can contact them at (540) 654-1010. All students will also receive an appointment time during orientation if they have not already arranged their schedule.


7. How and when do I register for NEST, SOAR, & City as Text?

SOAR, NEST, and City as Text registration are now open! Students can register through the same system that they used to register for orientation. Please note that your seat will not be secured until you pay the program fee. Click here to sign in and get your spot!


If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Student Involvement at or call (540) 654-1444.