About the program

New Experiences for Students Transitioning, referred to as NEST, is a four-day program that occurs just prior to Move-In which is open to all incoming first-year students. NEST offers a unique opportunity to bond with 100 fellow new students as you explore UMW and surrounding attractions by participating in activities that encompass our core values of Service, Leadership, and Social Justice. The program consists of activities focusing on all three core values that engage the student in fun and interactive ways.  Students will be challenged to step outside their comfort zone in a supportive environment designed to encourage growth and their own exploration of these ideas.


First-year students participating in the NEST program will move in to their assigned space for the academic year early and will be placed into a small group of 7-8 new students and paired with a NEST student leader. NEST Leaders are all previous NEST participants that have undergone training on facilitation and peer mentoring techniques. Each leader comes with a unique perspective on our institution and our community that they are very excited to share!


Some activities include team building and problem solving activities, traveling to key historic sites in the Fredericksburg area, and participating in service activities on the UMW campus and in our community. This allows for the students to create a lasting bond that they will carry into their years as a UMW Eagle.

Click here to see the NEST schedule from 2019!