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UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.

First-Year Students


We have transitioned our First-Year Student Orientation and Transfer Registration sessions to a completely virtual platform for our May-August programs to ensure the well-being of you, our current students and our campus partners.

Through this virtual experience, we will ensure that you connect with an academic advisor, become familiar with our campus, secure your classes for the fall semester and feel confident about your choice to become a River Hawk!

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The UMass Lowell First-Year Orientation Program is required for all First-Year students entering the university. It is the only opportunity, you, as an incoming student, will have to meet with an advisor and get the information you need to start your semester.

Combined, our two components of Virtual Orientation (Transactional & Informational) are designed to give you the foundation you need to make a successful start in your student career. You will get a preview of life as an undergraduate and a chance to have your questions answered. Orientation sessions are organized by college and major our Orientation Leaders assisting you through the process are current students. They can give you the inside track on campus life, classes, and just about anything.

Through our Virtual Orientations, we will ask you to complete the following steps:

  1. Placement Testing, prior to your Virtual Orientation Session
    • The links are sent to you via email.
  2. A Transactional Virtual Orientation
    • Available dates depend on the college you were admitted into.
  3. An Informational Virtual Orientation
    • These are open to anyone – select a date that fits your schedule!

Sign Up Online For Virtual Orientation!

More Information

Advisors from your college will be available to answer questions, go over details about your major, and talk about what it means to be a UMass Lowell student.
Take a closer look at the classrooms, dining halls, residence halls, libraries, athletic facilities, and the UMass Lowell Recreation Center. Knowing your way around our three main campus areas is essential! We will also help you identify and locate the resources related to your major.
Many services and opportunities are available to you including academic support from "CLASS," counseling and health services, and fitness and sports programs. Campus jobs, leadership training and participation in clubs and organizations all provide ways to get involved and make great use of your time.
Meeting other students, current and entering, makes the campus a much friendlier place. When you start classes and walk around campus, you will find many familiar faces. Lasting friendships very often begin at Orientation.

You have made a great decision in coming to UMass Lowell!