New Navitas students will take part in the UMass Dartmouth orientation activities. The University has designed a special Orientation Program to welcome all new students to campus. This introduction to the University provides an opportunity to let us help you make the transition as smooth as possible.

Coming to Orientation will give you an early opportunity to familiarise yourself with the campus, meet other students, finalise your course selection for the semester prior to when your classes begin. During this orientation program, you will receive academic advising, meet faculty advisors, peer counsellors and staff members who will be ready to work closely with you.

In addition to important workshops on topics related to starting your academic career, we have also planned social and recreational activities especially for you. Through working and participating in small groups, you will meet other students and gain a better understanding of some of the important issues on today's college campuses. You will also become familiar with the campus and the resources available to you. Each student will receive individual attention in these small groups.

We believe you will find orientation an enjoyable and informative experience. We are anxious to meet you and look forward to your arrival on campus!

What happens at Orientation?

  • Receive an orientation kit
  • Be introduced to a range of services and facilities Navitas at UMass Dartmouth offers
  • Purchase textbooks
  • Obtain your Student ID Card
  • Meet new friends before beginning study
  • Receive your class schedule

There will also be information sessions concerning accommodation, employment, safety, health coverage, maintaining your visa status as an international student in the U.S and getting set up with the University's online resources, all designed to help you settle in to your new environment.

Most importantly, for undergraduate students, orientation ensures that you are enrolled in the correct classes after taking your math placement test.

What should I bring to Orientation?

Orientation is a time that should be informal and enjoyable. You should wear casual clothes, bring your questions, a good sense of humor, as well as the following:

  • Navitas at UMass Dartmouth Offer Letter
  • University's Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • I-94 Card
  • Address details

What happens if I do not attend Orientation

If you are not able to attend Orientation, you MUST CONTACT Navitas at UMass Dartmouth to receive instructions about late enrolments. There will be difficulty in securing your course schedule if you arrive late, particularly for those studying in Engineering.
Immigration will NOT allow international students to arrive two weeks after classes have commenced.

What are the dates and where do I go?

Dates and Locations are listed below.

Spring Semester 2017

New Students Arrive

January 18, 2017

Orientation & Enrollment

January 19, 2017

Classes Begin

January 23, 2017

Classes End (Including Exams)

May 10, 2017

*All students are required to arrive in time for the mandatory orientation program before the semester begins. Students who are unable to arrive by the scheduled orientation date should contact the Navitas at UMass Dartmouth staff for further information. Students who are unable to arrive by the first day of classes may be required to defer to the next semester.