New Student Orientation

Welcome Future Seawolves


Attending orientation is an important step in your journey as a new student, and we are excited to welcome you to campus.

At Howl Days Orientation you will:

  • meet other students
  • learn how to register for classes
  • find out how to get engaged on campus
  • connect with first year advisors
  • tour campus

Orientation Options

In-person and On-campus

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We encourage everyone who can to attend the in-person Howl Days for the most dynamic experience. You’ll start with a resource fair, where you can connect directly with the resources and opportunities that will help you make the most of UAA. Then the Orientation Leaders will show you all UAA has to offer with a presentation and tour. Last but not least, you’ll meet with academic advisors about academic success, placement, and registration. Please plan to be on campus for 4–5 hours.

What to Expect

  • 30 min. check in and resource fair
  • 15 min. warm up and getting acquainted
  • 1 hr. presentation and Q&A
  • 1 hr. walking campus tour
  • 1 hr. academic advising session (this session is shorter if you've already registered)

Virtual, Live on Zoom

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The live virtual option is a good one for students who are unable to make it to campus or need a more brief introduction to student life at UAA. The Orientation Leaders will show you how to make the most of campus resources and opportunities, lead a virtual tour, and introduce you to some of the academic advisors. Plan to be on Zoom for two hours.

What to Expect

  • 1 hr. presentation and Q&A
  • 30 min. virtual campus tour
  • 30 min. academic advising session (learning about advising and asking questions of advisors, but not individual assistance with registration)

Self-Guided Virtual

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If you are not able to find a day and time that works for you to join an in-person or live virtual session, this format is for you. You will receive access to the virtual orientation module so that you can learn about the university at your own pace. Be sure to connect with your academic advisor separately.

Campus Tours with Orientation Leaders

If you are unable to attend in-person orientation but would like an in-person tour of campus, schedule a campus with one of the Orientation Leaders. We can show you how to find your classes and navigate campus. Email to schedule yours!


Icon of blue snowflakeWinter 2023-24 Orientation Sessions


  • Friday, December 1, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, January 12, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm 


  • Thursday, November 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 5, 5:00 - 7:00 pm 
  • Monday, December 18, 3:00 - 5:00 pm *Transfer Students*
  • Thursday, January 4, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Transfer Students Specialized Session

Transfer students are welcome at any session, but we do have a specialized session on December 18 that we encourage you to choose if you can. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Ready to sign up for a session?

When to Attend Orientation Sessions

Seawolves Starting in Spring 2024

If you are starting classes in spring 2024, you should attend winter 2023-24 orientation sessions. Registration is now open!

Seawolves Starting in Summer or Fall 2024

If you are starting classes in summer or fall 2024, check back on March 1, 2024 to sign up for orientation sessions before your first semester. An email reminder will be sent to your preferred email address to help remind you on your next steps.


College life outside of academics is what YOU make of it!

There are lots of ways to stay connected on campus in your first year. The First-Year Experience Department will help guide you. Take advantage of the numerous opportunities available, be proactive in seeking out new experiences, and strive for a balance between academics, extracurricular involvement, and personal well-being.

First-Year Experience


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact New Student Orientation

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