University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Registration for Spring 2020 Orientation Open!

    Register today for Howl Days (Orientation for New Students) for students beginning in the January 2020 semester. Learn more about attending a Compass personal/skill building workshop or volunteer with UAA FUSION!

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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!

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Howl Days (Orientation for New Students)

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:

  • Register for your first semester classes!
  • Make new friends (meet new and current students, faculty and staff).
  • Learn how to get engaged on campus.
  • Tour UAA, and much more!

We have a variety of orientation sessions available throughout the summer.  To learn more about which orientation you should attend, please visit our Howl Days Orientation page, Register, or Contact Us for more information. 

UAA Compass Workshops

Compass Workshops

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 management 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 best prepared.



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!  

More Information & Resources

New Student Orientation
Phone: (907) 786-1224
2921 Spirit Drive, Student Union 218
Anchorage, Alaska 99508