Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student Orientation (Howl Days)?

New Orientation is your opportunity to prepare yourself for a successful transition to college life. Going to college can be a scary and/or challenging time. Orientation is designed to help you understand what to expect in your first year, regarding your academic excellence and personal development. Orientation will help to alleviate your fears and anxieties, answer your questions, and ensure you are familiar with the campus and its resources and services. New Student Orientation is a great way to meet and make new friends!

Who goes to Orientation?

All students that are new to UAA, whether a first-time freshman, transfer student, or students returning to college after a long break. Parents, Guardians, Family and Friends are welcome guests at Howl Days. This program is intended for students who are admitted to UAA and plan to enroll in the upcoming semester. It is not for students wanting to preview the university.

What if I plan to attend a campus other than Anchorage?

Our orientation program only covers the campus located in Anchorage. If you are attending the Mat-Su campus, Kenai campus, or any other University of Alaska campus, please contact the appropriate campus.

Is Orientation mandatory?

New Student Orientation is not mandatory; yet your attendance is EXPECTED. Research shows that students who participate in orientation programs are more likely to be successful in college, persevere, and graduate.

How much does Orientation cost?

New Student Orientation costs $75.00 per student and $25.00 per guest for full day orientations. This price may vary for other specific orientations, like Veterans Orientation; Please refer to the “Register for Orientation” page for these special prices. All fees are non-refundable, visit our "Refund Request" page to review the policy.

What does my fee cover?

The fee you pay covers the costs required to coordinate orientation programs. This includes a meal, materials, facilities, UAA swag, and training. Orientations may vary in length, but all provide quality programming.

How do I pay for Orientation?

Once you register, your Orientation fee will be charged to your UAA Student Account. This is the same account where you can view tuition charges, class charges, and university charges. Your account can be accessed by logging on to UA Online.

What do I do if I can’t make it on the day I registered for?

If you can’t attend, please let us know more than 5 business days in advance, and we will be able to reschedule you for a different session. Otherwise, we will send you the link to our Virtual Orientation.

What happens if I register and don’t show up?

If you do not attend your Orientation, we will send you the link to our Virtual Orientation. You will have two weeks to complete the Virtual Orientation before the link expires.

Is it possible to obtain a refund for an orientation?

Refund requests are only honored in certain situations. They are not considered after the orientation date has passed. For more information, please view our refund request page.

Where can I stay if I'm coming from out of town?

Spring Hill Suites is located close to campus (1-800-314-0783). Down the street from the UAA campus are Residence Inn (907)563-9844 and The Best Western Golden Lion Hotel (907)561-1522.

What should I bring to orientation?

Bring your smart phone, and your notebook. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, because we do a lot of walking.

Will we be registering for classes?

No, we will not be registering for classes during the orientation event; however, the orientation staff is available between 5pm and 6pm to assist you with course registration.

Where do I park?

Typically, we reserve the West Campus Central Lot and the Sports Complex NW Lot (near the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and Rasmuson Hall. Parking is free for participants during Howl Days events.

What is Virtual Orientation?

Virtual Orientation is an online orientation designed for Distance Education students and students that live outside of the Anchorage area, and are unable to attend Howl Days. It is not intended for students that are first-time freshmen or students that have earned fewer than 30 college credits.

What is the fee for Virtual Orientation?

There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee.

How do we measure up?

Our survey of orientation participants yield favorable results. Of the 880+ participants who participated at Howl Days this year, 93% agreed that Orientation was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which helped prepare them for starting college and gave them a better understanding of what to expect; 91% of participants indicated they would recommend this program to a friend.