First Year Student Experience

student at orientation

Step 1

Register for Orientation

Summer orientation has passed. If you were unable to attend or enrolled after, please check your UNH email to connect with your advisor about registering for courses. You can also attend Wildcat Welcome Day to help get you ready the Friday before classes. Please see information below.

Step 2

Prepare for Advising & Course Registration

Newly admitted first-year students will meet with a professional advisor during orientation to review their academic requirements and select courses for next semester. 

If you missed orientation, please continue to check your UNH student email address for more information about advising and course registration.

More information about the advising process

Step 3

Register for Wildcat Welcome Day
August 26 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

UNH Manchester invites you to join us for Wildcat Welcome Day! Kick the semester off right as you meet fellow students, serve the greater Manchester area, discover campus resources, and enjoy some tasty food.

Wildcat Welcome Day is mandatory for first-year students and encourage for Transfer Students. Meet your peers and attend your first First-Year or Transfer Seminar class.


Step 4

Take First Year Seminar Course

All first-year students will take a First Year Seminar course during their first semester. This 1-credit course co-facilitated by Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) is designed to cultivate the academic and resiliency skills and resources necessary to become confident and engaged learners. You will select your First Year Seminar when you meet with your professional advisor. 


Student Housing

Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, lounge spaces, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. 

Learn more about living on-campus


Spring Semester Start

If you are starting UNH-Manchester in the Spring semester, there will be Winter Orientation sessions available to you. More information on those sessions will come closer to the start of the Spring.