Welcome First Year Students!
Beacon Beginnings: New Student Orientation Information
The Office for New Student Programs hosts a two-day orientation for students entering college for the first time. First-year, first-time students admitted for Spring 2017 will have orientation on January 11, 2017 and January 12, 2017. A family program is also offered on the first day of the New Student Orientation.
*For out-of-town students and families, click the link here for more information on nearby accommodations and visitor information.
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 and 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 at UMass Boston.
Important Information for New Students:
New Student Assessment
All new first-year students must complete New Student Assessment BEFORE attending New Student Orientation. The assessments include ALEKS, the online mathematics placement test and the online Writing Assessment. The results of these assessments will determine your placement into your first-semester courses. You should plan to complete BOTH assessments at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled orientation.
- ALEKS Online Math Placement: You may access ALEKS through your WISER account.
- Online Writing Assessment: You can also access the writing assessment online through your WISER account.
Health Immunizations and Insurance
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. Orientation provides a great opportunity to seek out and find roommates.
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 Activities and Leadership.
At orientation, you will learn about the many ways that you can get involved and become a leader at UMass Boston. With over 100 clubs and organizations on campus and many opportunities for leadership and service, you are bound to find something that suits you.