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New Student Programs


Welcome New Students!

Beacon BeginningsCongratulations on making UMass Boston your choice as the place you will learn and grow over the next few years. Whether you are new to college or transferring from another institution, the Office for New Student Programs seeks to assist all new students in making a successful transition to Boston's only public university.

The Online Orientation Reservation system for students accepted for Spring 2016 is now open! Please click the blue button to begin your reservation.

Don't forget: Students MUST pay their $200 New Student Deposit before reserving a spot in an orientation session. Fill out the pay the New Student Deposit here. For more information on the deposit fee or your application please contact Undergraduate Admissions.



Learn more about our orientation programs:

Now that you have been accepted to UMass Boston, it's time to register for Beacon Beginnings. The Beacon Beginnings orientation program is MANDATORY for all new, first-year and transfer students.

Beacon Beginnings: New Student Orientation is a two-day orientation for students who have recently graduated from high school, or are attending college for the first time. This program assists new, first-year students in making a smooth transition to the university.

Beacon Beginnings: Transfer Student Orientation is a one-day program for students who are transferring from another institution or returning to college after taking some time off. This program will assist transfer students in adjusting to a new campus climate as well as new course registration systems and requirements.

Beacon Beginnings: Family Orientation is for family members of first-year, freshmen and runs concurrently with the first day of Beacon Beginnings: New Student Orientation. This program familiarizes family members with campus and eases the concerns that family members may have as they send a new student off to college.


Still have questions? Check out the Orientation FAQs page or contact the Office for New Student Programs by phone or email.

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Office for New Student Programs

Campus Center

2nd Floor, Room 2405
Telephone: 617.287.5813

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00AM - 5:00PM

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