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“NEST is an amazing opportunity that allows for incoming students to be able to meet with other first years and upperclassmen and be able to build lasting friendships and get acclimated to college life before the first day of school even starts through activities like tubing on the Rappahannock River, Challenge Discovery, and the National Museum of the America Indian.” – Julianna C., NEST Student Leader



Registration is now open! Remember that your spot is not reserved until you pay the registration fee. New Experiences for Students Transitioning, referred to as NEST, is a four-day program open to all incoming freshmen spanning August 19-22. NEST offers a unique opportunity to bond with fellow students as you explore UMW and surrounding attractions by participating in activities that encompass our core values of Honor, Leadership, and Social Justice.

Sunday, August 19 – Move-in, Ice Breakers, Welcome Dinner, Scavenger Hunt on Campus and Downtown Monday, August 20 – Social Justice: Native American Museum in D.C. Tuesday, August 21 – Leadership: Challenge Discovery, Tubing on the Rappahannock River Wednesday, August 22 – Service Projects, President’s University Welcome


Register For NEST Here


About the Program

Meet the Student Leaders

Meet the Student Coordinators