First Year Student Experience

student at orientation

Step 1

Attend New Student Orientation

At Orientation we will welcome new first-year and transfer students as well as new graduate and international students. 

Monday, January, 23
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Register online

Step 2

Meet with Your Advisor & Register for Classes

Newly admitted students will meet with their professional advisor to review their academic requirements and select courses for next semester. 

Click here to learn about how to prepare for advising and registration

Step 3

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.