Life on Campus

Freshman Orientation

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.

Health Immunizations and Insurance

All new students must submit their completed immunization form to University Health Services. 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. 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.

Getting Involved

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.

Office for New Student Programs

Campus Center, 2nd Floor, 2405
Telephone: 617.287.5813

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.