Summer Homework for First-Years

UMW Student Summer Homework 2019, First-Year Students

Students new to UMW have a series of tasks and assignments to complete prior to their arrival in August. Items marked with an asterisk (*) indicated items that are mandatory. Other items should be considered by students and their families.  Items on the list apply to all first-year students.


____ *Common Experience: “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover: The Common Read is a student’s first college reading assignment, and books are distributed at June Orientation. As part of new student arrival in August, all first-year students join their classmates, upperclass students, faculty, and staff in an engaging discussion of the book. Throughout the year, various programs and events carry through themes emerging from the reading.


____ *Mandatory Training:  Title IX: Not Anymore is an interactive, online course to prepare students in four areas: sex in college, social/party life in college, bystander intervention and healthy/unhealthy relationships.  The course also informs you about UMW’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence, as well as on and off campus resources for support. On average, the course takes about 2 hours to complete, but can be completed in multiple sittings. You will receive a link to this in early July-check your UMW email!


____ *Mandatory Training: Canvas – OSCAR 101: The Office of Student Conduct and Responsibility (OSCAR) supports the University’s overall mission by upholding a Code of Conduct. Like any community, UMW has expectations about how individuals within it will conduct themselves. Access the tutorial by logging in to Canvas from the UMW home page, clicking on “Courses” on the left side of the screen, and choosing “Student Conduct Tutorial 2019”. You will be able to gain access in July 2019.


____ *Mandatory Training: Canvas – Honor: The strong relationships we enjoy at Mary Washington are based on our trust in one another, and the Honor System helps build that trust. Your fellow students on the Honor Council have created this tutorial to let you know how we live with integrity at UMW and to welcome you into our community. Access the tutorial by logging in to Canvas from the UMW home page, clicking on “Courses” on the left side of the screen, and choosing “Honor Tutorial 2019”.


____ *Required Health Forms: In compliance with the code of Virginia, UWM requires all admitted university students taking 9 or more credits to submit immunization documentation.  The health forms which include UMW Health History, Immunization and TB Screening forms , needs to be verified and signed by a healthcare provider.  All forms need to be completed and submitted to the Student Health Center by August 1st if your enrollment starts in the Fall Semester, January 3rd if your enrollment starts in the Spring Semester, or May 1st if your enrollment starts in the Summer Semester.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Health Forms as this ensures a safe and healthy learning environment but will also prevent future registration holds. The forms can be found at


____ *Get Ready for New Student Arrival: Mark your calendar! New Student Arrival begins for all incoming students on August 21st and lasts until the first day of classes on August 26th. Students will be welcomed by President Paino, learn more about the UMW community, meet other incoming students, and end the experience with Eagle Gathering, a UMW traditional event that occurs the evening before the first day of classes.


____ Delegated Access: Students have control over which individual(s) may have access to their academic and financial information and the length of time that the access is granted. Delegated access is limited to financial aid and final grade information only. When completing this process, students will also see the word “proxy” used to describe the access given to their selected individual(s).


____ Authorized Payer:  UMW recommends that students register their parents as Authorized Payers within EaglePAY.  Parents are not able to see or pay a student’s bill, unless access is granted by the student online.  The student is the administer of the account. Authorized Payer are only able to access the financial account, but it gives them their own individual access to the account.  For more information and instructions please click on the EaglePAY link.


____  Keep Your Schedule: In an effort to help our students plan financially and avoid unnecessary debt and collections, the University is implementing a new payment policy effective for 2019 that will potentially impact whether a student will remain in classes.  UMW non-payment policy states that any student with a balance of $1,000 or greater after the due date of August 5, 2019 will be administratively cancelled from their classes. Those students with housing/meal charges will also have their agreement voided.  Please note that payment plans are available. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions and links to EaglePAY, our payment plan, and Financial Aid, go to


____  Direct Deposit: UMW recommends that students sign up for direct deposit so that funds can go directly into students’ bank accounts.  Direct deposit can help avoid the delay in mailing and receiving a check and will avoid loss or misplacement of a check.


____  Transcripts and AP scores

Transcripts – Students who wish to have previous college-level coursework evaluated including AP, IB, and CLEP should send transcripts directly to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.  AP and IB scores for exams taken in the spring are available in late July.

Once evaluated, the UMW transcript will be updated to reflect any awarded credit.  It can take several weeks for scores/transcripts to be reviewed once they are received at UMW, so please send your scores in as soon as possible.  Students should check their transcript to confirm which courses have been awarded credit and also verify the fall schedule to ensure the student is not enrolled in any course which has been awarded previous credit.  If schedule adjustments need to be made, the student should consult with a professional academic advisor in Academic Services if an alternative class has not already been selected.

Fall schedule adjustments – Students may drop and add courses through the first Friday of the first week of the fall semester.  If a student wishes to drop and/or add a course, the student should first consult with a professional academic advisor in the Academic Services office.  FSEM courses may not be dropped.