New Hawk Day 2023 (New Student Orientation)

New Hawk Day Orientation Checklist – Students Starting Fall 2023

We are so excited to welcome you to UMES’ Hawk Nation and have you become part of the Hawk family! Orientation for students starting in Spring 2023 is a multiple-part process. Please complete all steps to help you successfully transition to college!

2023 New Hawk Day Dates:


Step 1: Complete your Orientation Registration (New Hawk Day)

Register for UMES New Hawk Day (Orientation).  New Hawk Day will be your official welcome to the Hawk Family! You will meet key members of the campus community, register for your fall courses, and take care of any other outstanding business such as:

Meet with a Financial Aid counselor

Complete the Aleks Math Placement Test

Turn in your completed Health Forms to the Student Health Center

Take a tour of your new academic home!

Step 2: What do I need to do prior to my orientation?

Complete the “Admitted Student” website steps

Register and take the practice portion of the ALEK Math Placement Assessment (located in MyUMES under Quick Links, ALEK Math Placement). Completing the assessment will provide students with feedback and assistance in challenged areas of math.  This will provide students with the opportunity to practice and provide better results for the assessment on New Hawk Day. Additional information can be found here ALEKS FAQ

Make sure your final transcripts have been submitted from your high school, college, IB, or College Board to the university. (Dual enrollment and passed AP college credits) Submit these documents to the UMES Registrar:; they can be reached via phone at 410-651-6414.

Step 3: Stay up-to-date with your admission Status Portal

Students will register through their Admissions Status Portal (futurehawk) when it is available.

Make sure you have set-up your MyUMES account and logged into your UMES Gmail Account as this will be your primary correspondence email.  Your account will receive important information for you to do and complete. Some of these include information about completing your required training before the start of the semester.

Step 4: Attend your Orientation Session (New Hawk Day)

All students will select a date to come to campus to attend a New Hawk Day session. Academic Advising Team members and Orientation Staff members will guide new students and families through a day of informative information, course placement and scheduling to make sure all of your questions can be answered.

Step 5: Complete your MyUMES Canvas Module – TBA

After you attend your New Hawk Day you will be emailed directions on how to access Canvas, UMES’s online learning platform.

The trainings may be accessed through the MyUMES portal using your UMES username and password to log in on a desktop or mobile device and clicking the Canvas app.

Step 7: Make sure to pay attention to Spring 2023 Important Dates!
  • 1/26 – Residence Halls Open for All Students
  • 1/30 – First Day of Classes
  • 1/6  – Regular Session Drop/Add Ends
  • 2/8 – Class Drop for Non-Payment of Fees
  • 3/20 – 3/24- Spring Break 
  • 4/3 –  Advising for Summer/Fall 2023 begins
  • 4/10 – Registration Opens for Summer/Fall 2023
  • 4/14 – Regular Session Last Day to Drop a Class (Grade of W)
  • 5/12 – Last Day of Classes
  • 5/15 – 5/18 – Final Exams
  • 5/19 – Commencement
Directions to UMES & Information for the Event
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