First-Year Experience

Get in the Spirit

Create the Seawolf experience that is best for you!

There are different ways to get involved based on your academic major or personal interests. Whether you plan to live on campus, commute, or take classes virtually from your home, we have the resources you need to be successful.

Seawolves Connect

Being a new student can bring up lots of questions, and Orientation Leaders are here to help you get the answers you need. Orientation Leaders are current students who will answer your questions. To schedule a Seawolves Connect appointment, please email

Find Your Community

Community, inclusion and diversity are key values at UAA. Here you can find communities, support, and engagement opportunities. Orientation Leaders are here to help you find your way. Email us at to set-up an appointment for picking the resources and involvement opportunities that's best for you.

Circle with TRIO logo within it TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

Supporting students with limited income, whose parent(s) or guardian(s) have not earned a baccalaureate degree, and/or who experience a documented disability.

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Native Student Services (NSS)

NSS is dedicated to serving all Native students (and their intersecting identities), regardless of degree, major, GPA, etc. In both the on-campus NSS space and virtually, students can find culturally-grounded and affirming programming, advising, advocacy, and support, including the NET Program for incoming students.

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Multicultural Student Services (MSS)

MSS specifically works to uplift students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); multiracial or mixed heritage; LGBTQIA2S+ students; students who practice minoritized religions, and international students. MSS has a dedicated space on campus and fosters a sense of community and belonging.

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Rainbow Initiatives

Uplifting and advocating our Queer/Trans/LGBTQIA2S+ community by providing a space, events and programming which support the belonging, engagement and holistic well-being of our community members.

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Engage with Other Seawolves

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Live & Learn On Campus

Live on campus and build community with each other in the First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program designed to incorporate social engagement and academic success. FYRE is designed to incorporate social engagement and academic success.

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Accessible Campus

Whether you’re engaging online or on campus, UAA strives to ensure equitable access for all students. Disability Support Services (DSS) empowers, supports, and advocates for students who experience disabilities by partnering with the University community in providing equal access to all programs, facilities, services, and activities.

Academic Support

University Studies

University Studies (UNIV) courses help students transition into the university and set them up for success.

  • Learn strategies for college success
  • Explore your interests and skills in light of career options
  • Gain ownership of your educational experience


Check out UNIV Courses

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors will help you understand your major and select the right classes to keep you on track. Academic Advisors are a great resource to help you make a plan to complete your degree and plan for classes before registration opens. 



Academic Advising

Learning Commons

Get resources to help you succeed in your classes through the Learning Commons, which includes:

  • Writing Center
  • Math Lab
  • Nursing tutoring
  • Science tutoring
  • Communication & Presentation Coaching

Learning Commons

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FYE Team

Finding the right community to support you on your journey is important, and the First-Year Experience (FYE) team is here to help.

  • (907) 786-1224
  • Student Union (SU) 101