Frequently Asked Questions

What’s New Student Orientation all about?
Am I required to attend Orientation?
Does it matter which Orientation session I attend?
What should I bring to Orientation?
Am I required to stay on campus for Orientation?
How do I register for classes?
Will I have my Student ID made at Orientation?
Do I have to attend the entire program?
Should my parents come with me?

What’s New Student Orientation all about?

New Student Orientation is a college experience guaranteed to help you get off to a good start at the UofM. At Orientation, you will:

  • Meet other students, faculty, and staff
  • Stay overnight in a residence hall
  • Meet with an advisor
  • Plan your class schedule
  • Register for classes
  • Discover activities and campus resources
  • Have your student ID made
  • Tour the campus
  • Have fun!

Am I required to attend Orientation?

Yes! Orientation is a mandatory program for first-time freshmen that will provide you with everything you need to know about being a student at the UofM. You will not be able to register for classes without attending New Student Orientation. Adult & Transfer students are not required to attend, but it is strongly encouraged.

Does it matter which session I attend?

Orientation sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to attend any Orientation session that fits with your schedule with the exception of students majoring in music/music industry or architecture/interior design. These majors will have designated session dates, so much sure to sign up for a designated session if you are majoring in music, music industry, architecture, or interior design. See Freshman Orientation for orientations dates and schedules.

What should I bring to Orientation?

See also:  Preparing for Orientation

  • Comfortable summer clothes, walking shoes/tennis shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Bathing suit and beach towel if you plan to swim at the Rec Party
  • Workout/casual clothes
  • Driver’s license or state-issued photo identification to get your Campus Card made
  • Alarm clock
  • Linens are provided, but you may want to bring an extra blanket or pillow
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket
  • Documents: Copy of immunizations, financial aid documents

Am I required to stay on campus for Orientation?

Of course! Staying on campus for orientation is an important part of a two-day session experience. Even if you will not be living in the residence halls, staying on campus will give you the chance to meet other freshmen who are sharing the same experience. Even if you live in Memphis, it is a requirement that you stay overnight at Orientation.

How do I register for classes?

At orientation, you will meet with an advisor to learn more about majors and plan a schedule of courses for your first semester. After being advised, you will register for the courses you and your advisor have selected. You will have a copy of your class schedule when you leave Orientation.

Will I have my student ID made at Orientation?

Yes! Photo ID cards will be made during course registration. You must bring your driver's license or other photo identification to receive a student ID.

Do I have to attend the entire program?

You must attend all of the scheduled activities. Make plans to participate in the entire session and arrange your work schedule and travel plans accordingly.

Should my parents come with me?

Definitely! We will have a special program for parents and families while you are busy with Orientation. Please encourage them to attend. We are ready to address all of their questions and concerns. See also: Parent and Guest Program