Life on Campus

Orientation FAQs

We know that as new students you have lots of questions about attending orientation, signing up for classes and become a UMass Boston student. We have taken the time to address some of the most frequently asked questions on this page. We request that before you give us a call or email us, take a few minutes browse through our list of FAQs. If you still have questions or need further clarification, then please feel free to call us!

Do I have to go to Beacon Beginnings Orientation?

Do I have to sign up for orientation ahead of time, or can I just show up?

How do I sign up for Beacon Beginnings? Can you just sign me up?

What if I need special accommodations for my Beacon Beginnings Orientation?


I only see dates for the next month, but I’m going to be away! Will there be any other Orientations?

Can I just meet with an advisor on my own time?


Can my mom/dad/sibling/friend/significant other/child stay with me during Beacon Beginnings?

Are all freshmen required to take the New Student Assessment tests?


I am a transfer student, do I need to complete any placement exams before Orientation?

I’ve reserved a spot at Beacon Beginnings. What should I do now?

What should I bring with me to Beacon Beginnings Orientation?

I already made a reservation online, but I need to switch my date. What should I do?

I can only come for part of the orientation day. What if I need to leave early/come late?

I am the parent/legal guardian of a student and I want information about my child’s Orientation. Can you provide it for me?

Office for New Student Programs

Campus Center 2nd Floor 2405
Telephone: 617.287.5813
Email: orientation@umb.edu

Office Hours


Monday through Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.