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Transfer Student Orientation

Welcome Transfer Students!

Beacon Beginnings: Transfer Student Orientation Information

The transfer orientation is a one-day program for all new students transferring in credits from another university or returning to school from some time off. For transfer students admitted for Spring 2017, there will be several one-day orientation sessions offered throughout the summer, beginning in December, 2016 and running through January, 2017. 

All transfer orientation sessions run from 8:00 a.m. until around 4:30 p.m. Some students may finish earlier, but you should make plans to stay for the entire program.

Regardless of your previous college experience, you will need time to learn the UMass Boston culture and transition into the community. Here is some more information about our Transfer Student Orientation:

At Beacon Beginnings: Transfer Student Orientation, you will:

  • Meet other new transfer students, current student leaders and administrators, faculty and staff;
  • 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, Health Services, and more;
  • Feel better prepared to start UMass Boston.

Important Information for Transfer Students

Placement Testing

Many transfer students will need to complete either the Mathematics Placement Exam or the Critical Writing assessment BEFORE attending orientation.

The Mathematics Placement Test is required of ALL incoming undergraduate transfer students EXCEPT:

  1. Liberal arts students receiving math transfer credit who do not intend to take more math courses.
  2. Science students receiving transfer credit for college algebra or pre-calculus with a grade of B or better in the most recent semester, and students transferring in calculus or higher mathematics courses.
  3. Management students receiving transfer credit for college algebra with a grade of B or better in the most recent semester, and students transferring in pre-calculus or higher mathematics courses. 
  4. Liberal arts and Nursing students receiving transfer credit for statistics.

If you need to take the Math Placement (NOTE: MOST transfer students do need to take it), the online Math Placement tool, ALEKS. We STRONGLY encourage ALL transfer students to take this exam online BEFORE attending Transfer Student Orientation. You can access ALEKS through your UMass Boston WISER account. Your WISER login information will be sent to your email once the university has received and processed your New Student Deposit. For instructions on setting up your WISER account for the first time, click here.


The following new students are required to complete the Writing Assessment:

  • Transfer students without credit for English Composition I or English Composition II.

You may complete the Writing Assessment online through your student WISER account. For more information, click here.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

It is very important for transfer students to make sure they have sent their final transcripts from all previous institutions to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This will ensure that your transfer credits can be evaluated in a timely manner. At orientation you will have access to a complete degree audit that will provide even greater detail as to how your credits will be applied. Utilizing the degree audit, you will register for classes at orientation. In the meantime, you can get more information about the transfer credit process and see how courses from your previous institution may transfer to UMass Boston at

Immunizations and Health Insurance

All new students must submit their completed immunizations forms to University Health Services. Click here for more information on required immunizations, health insurance options and to download the immunization form.

Parking and Transportation on Campus

It's never to early to start planning how you will get to campus each day:

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.

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