Welcome First Year Students!
By attending Beacon Beginnings: New Student Orientation you will:
- Meet other new students, current student leaders and administrators, faculty and staff;
- Meet representatives from your academic College as they present an overview of their programs and discuss the unique opportunities available to you;
- Attend a group advising session get a summary of your degree requirements and other important academic information. You’ll get all the help you need to start choosing your classes for the upcoming semester;
- Learn about campus services, activities, opportunities and resources;
- Enroll in courses for the upcoming academic semester;
- Learn the University’s expectations for students both in and out of the classroom;
- Have an opportunity to answer all of your questions from offices such as Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Off-Campus Housing, Student Life and more;
- Feel better prepared to start UMass Boston.
Important Information for New Students:
All new first-year students must complete 2 placement tests prior to attending New Student Orientation. These tests include a Mathematics Placement Test and a Critical Reading and Writing Assessment and your results will determine your placement into your first-semester courses. You will sign up for an assessment date when you choose your orientation date. Sign up now.
For the Mathematics Placement Test, students are strongly encouraged to take practice exams online before taking the test. Click here for more information and sample tests.
Health Immunizations and Insurance
All new students must submit their completed immunization form to University Health Services by August 31, 2013 (for students admitted for the Fall 2013 semester). To find more information and download the form, click here.
The Office of Student Housing provides many resources to help students navigate the housing process by assisting students in identifying viable housing options, roommate matching, and more.
Parking and Transportation on Campus
It's never to early to start planning how you will get to campus each day.
- If you plan to drive to campus, explore options for parking and consider purchasing a prepaid parking pass for access to more parking lots and reduced parking rates.
- Public transportation can provide a very convenient option for getting to campus as well. Students may purchase semester MBTA passes at reduced rates through the Office for Student Activites and Leadership.
At orientation, new students will learn about the many ways that you can get involved and become a leader at UMass Boston. With over a 100 clubs and organizations on campus and many opportunities for leadership and service, you are bound to find something that suits you.
Learn more about the Freshman Leadership Institute, a unique opportunity for a limited number of first-year students to make connections on campus and figure out how to make their mark as a leader on campus.