Virtual New Student Orientation and Onboarding

Fall 2020    

Tuesday, August 18 – September 3, 2020*

Welcome, and congratulations on your acceptance to the University of the District of Columbia. Student Orientation serves as a formal introduction to the Firebird Nation, and provides pivotal information for new Firebirds as you embark upon your higher education journey. This page is your one-stop hub for orientation.

Participation is mandatory for all new and readmitted undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.

If you do not complete student orientation, you will not be allowed to register for classes.

Undergraduate Admissions Counselors

Firebirds We are Available to Serve You Remotely!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is closed to in-person visits until further notice.  You may email the Office of Admissions at, or leave a voice mail message at 202.274.6155.  Please be sure to include your full name and student id number with your inquiry.  You can expect a reply to your email, or a return call, within one to two business days.  We thank you in advance for your patience.

New Freshmen

Alpha Cluster:  A – I:   Shala Butts:

Alpha Cluster:  J – R:   Idono Gbenro:

Alpha Cluster:  S – Z: Ashley Jones:

New Transfers / Re-Admitted / Students/ Non-Degree Seekers

Alpha Cluster:  A – M:   Sheila McKay:

Alpha Cluster:  N – Z:  Andrea Linthicum:

Financial Aid Questions

Important Dates

Activity Required or Optional Date Time

(Please ensure that you can sign into your MyUDC portal ,  No steps are required after logging in, we just want to be sure that you can access the platform where orientation will be conducted. If log in assistance is needed,  please call  202.274. 5941 or email . Have your student id number handy).

Required Mon. Aug. 10th through Fri., Aug. 14th No set time. Complete when your schedule permits during the specified date range.
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Required Tues., Aug. 18th through Thurs., Sept. 3rd* No set time. Complete when your schedule permits.
Live Question & Answer Sessions (WebEx) Optional Highly recommended that you participate in one session. Fri., Aug. 21st
Fri., Aug. 28th
Fri., Sept. 4th
12-1 p.m.
Virtual Student Meet and Greet Optional and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow firebirds. Tues., Sept. 1st 3 p.m.
Student Club & Organization Fair Optional but highly recommended that you participate to learn more about how you can get connected in the Firebird community. Thurs., Sept. 24th TBD

* Orientation may be completed as your schedule permits over a two-week window. However, the total orientation experience will take approximately 4hrs.


Fall 2020 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions –  Important COVID 19 Updates

Student Orientation Group Shot

What to Do before Orientation

STEP 1 – STEP 1 – Confirmation of Enrollment
STEP 2 – Submit Final Transcripts,
STEP 3 – Submit Health Forms – Students under the age of 27  must complete the Immunization History Form and upload a copy of their immunization records by logging on to the Student Health Portal UDC Student Health Portal
STEP 4 – Apply for Residency Status (if applicable) – Students are required to provide proof of residency by the 1st day of class. If the documentation is not provided by the deadline, students will remain a Non-Resident for the duration of the semester. Click HERE  to learn more.

Follett Access Program

Transforming the Way Course Materials are Delivered – Follett Access Textbook Program

The Follett ACCESS program takes the hassle out of course material buying because course material costs are covered as part of the Follett All Access Fee. This allows every enrolled student access to all required materials on day one. Click HERE to learn more.

Student Ambassadors

Student Life – How to Get Involved!

Student Clubs & Organizations – If you want the total college experience, you need to get involved! There are plenty of clubs, organizations, activities, and events waiting just for YOU!

Click HERE for more information.

Mason at Student Orientation

Parent & Family Program

Sending a child to college has an impact on the entire family. It’s our goal to provide you with the resources and support that you need to help your student succeed. Check out our Parent Corner for more information.

Guide to How to View Hold – TBA

Guide to Online College Financial AID

Financial Aid, FAFSA, & the Online College Landscape – Financial Aid for Online College

Guide to College Perks

The Best Student Deals and Where to Find Them – CollegePerks

Further Exploration