Welcome to New Student Orientation!
We are very excited about your decision to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). At New Student Orientation (NSO), we believe that starting college should not be a confusing or challenging process. We also firmly believe in supporting your successful transition into college so you can reach your academic goals, whether that be graduation or professional/personal skill-building. Therefore, New Student Orientation offers three programs designed to assist you through the process of preparing to attend UAA and reaching your final academic goal. These programs help you transition to college so you feel at home on the UAA campus.
If you need assistance with your admissions process, finding financial aid, scheduling a meeting with your academic advisor, applying for on-campus housing, purchasing a parking permit, etc. at UAA, our staff can assist you. Please Contact Us, so you can speak with one our Wolf Pack Leaders or the New Student Transition Advisor & Orientation Coordinator. You are not alone, we can help navigate the way to your college success!
New Student Orientation offers Howl Days orientations for incoming students starting at UAA in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Most orientations are a full-day experience, though we may offer additional options for working students. During orientations, you will experience and learn about all UAA offers. You will have the chance to:
- Meet other new students, current students, college deans, and faculty and staff.
- Learn about student support resources and conduct expectations.
- Experience what it means to be a UAA Seawolf.
- Tour the campus, and much more!
We have a variety of orientation styles available, depending on the semester. To
learn more about which orientation you should attend, please visit our Orientation Styles page, Register, or Contact Us for more information.
New Student Orientation offers current UAA students skill building and personal development workshops in the Compass series. Workshops are offered through a variety of partnering departments who will equip you with well-tested skills to reach your academic goals. This series will help you:
- Learn strategies for taking tests.
- Improve time managment skills.
- Learn multiple writing reference styles.
- Identify important community and campus resources to help you feel at home at UAA, and much more!
Workshops vary by semester. To learn more about the workshops available this semester,
visit the Compass Workshops Schedule page. If possible, please pre-register to attend workshops so the presenters are
New Student Orientation offers current students a volunteer program called UAA For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods (FUSION). UAA FUSION empowers students to actively contribute their time and talent by volunteering within the city of Anchorage, in partnership with a variety of community organizations. You will have the chance to:
- Network with community partners.
- Develop leadership and philanthropic experience.
- Serve as a model for UAA within Anchorage to promote higher education.
- Earn a free t-shirt and an official volunteer certificate.
Depending on the time during the academic year, the availability of volunteer opportunities differs. Visit the UAA FUSION page for current events, more detailed information about the program, and to register to volunteer. It doesn't cost to care!