Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or concerns regarding orientation, please review the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).  If you still have further questions or concerns, please Contact Us.
  • What is Howl Days Orientation?
    Howl Days Orientations are UAA's transitional orientation event. It is your opportunity to prepare yourself for a successful transition to college life. Going to college can be a scary and/or challenging time. Orientations are designed to help you understand what to expect in your first year regarding your academic excellence and personal development. Orientations will help to alleviate your fears and anxieties, answer your questions, and ensure you are familiar with the campus and its resources and services. Howl Days Orientations are also a great way to meet and make new friends!
  • Who goes to Howl Days Orientation?
    All incoming students who are new to UAA, whether a first-time freshman, transfer student, or students returning to college after a long break are expected to attend orientation. Parents, guardians, family, and friends are welcome to attend Howl Days as guests. 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, Kenai, or any other University of Alaska campus, please contact the appropriate campus to attend their orientation program.
  • Is Howl Days Orientation mandatory?
    Howl Days 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 do I register a guest to attend Howl Days Orientation?
    You will register parents, guardians, family, or friends attending as guests through a separate registration form. There is a separate process due to the $25 fee associated with their attendance.

    A link to the guest registration form will be sent in your Howl Days registration confirmation email.
  • How much does Orientation cost?
    Howl Days Orientation is FREE for students and $25.00 per guest. All fees are non-refundable, visit our Refund Policy & Request page to review the policy. This fee will be applied directly to your UAA student account, which federal financial aid can cover after completing the Title IV Authorization form.
  • What does the guest fee cover?
    The guest fee covers the costs required to coordinate orientation programs. This includes two meals (continental breakfast and lunch), materials, facilities, a UAA gift, and staff training.
  • How do I pay for the Orientation guest fee?
    The guest fee(s) will be charged directly 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 UAOnline.

    A Title IV Authorization Form will be sent to you immediately following your registration to authorize the guest fee to be covered by federal financial aid, if you are receiving any. You do not need to complete the Title IV authorization form if you are only receiving private scholarships or loans, or are paying out-of-pocket.
  • What do I do if I cannot make it on the day I registered for?
    If you cannot attend, you must let us know more than five (5) business days in advance (refer to the Refund Deadlines for these dates), and we will reschedule you for a different orientation. Otherwise, we will send you the link to our Virtual Orientation.
  • How do I change my Howl Days Orientation date?
    Due to the amount of time it takes to process registrations, you may only change your orientation date ONE time. You must do so no later than five (5) business days before your orientation date (refer to the Refund Deadlines), unless you must reschedule or cancel due to circumstances beyond your control.

    To change orientations, submit a new registration form and note in the "Comments" section for which orientation you originally registered.
  • What happens if I register and do not show up?
    If you do not attend your Howl Days 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 the guest fee?
    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 Policy page.
  • Where can I stay if I am coming from out of town?
    • Spring Hill Suites is located close to campus, and can be reached at 1-(800) 314-0783.
    • Residence Inn, which can be reached at (907) 563-9844.
    • The Best Western Golden Lion Hotel, which can be reached at (907) 561-1522.
  • What should I bring to orientation?
    Bring your phone and a notebook. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather, because we do a lot of walking inside and outside, regardless of the weather that orientation day. 
  • Will we be registering for classes during Howl Days Orientations?
    NO, we will not be registering for classes during Howl Days Orientation events. However, you will have a chance to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to register for courses, and Transition Advisors will be available to explain what classes you might want to consider enrolling in.
  • Where do I park?

    Parking is free for participants during Howl Days Orientation events. Where you park varies depending on the location of your orientation. See the options below:

    • Option 1: If your orientation is in Rasmuson Hall, you may park in the "West Campus Central Lot" or the "Sports Complex NW Lot" (see the map below).
    • Option 2: If your orientation is in the Student Union, you may park in the South Parking Lot (see the map below).

    Howl Days Parking Lots Options

  • What is Virtual Orientation?
    Virtual Orientation is an online orientation designed for Distance Education students and students that live outside of the Anchorage area who are unable to attend a Howl Days Orientation. 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?
    The Virtual Orientation is FREE for students. Please remember though, the link to the Virtual Orientation will expire after two weeks, so you must complete the orientation within that time period.
  • What do students who have attended Howl Days Orientation say about it?
    Our survey of orientation participants yields favorable results. Of the 950 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.


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