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 New Student Orientation you will:

  • meet other students
  • learn how to register for classes
  • find out how to get engaged on campus
  • connect with Academic 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!


Sunshine graphicSummer 2024 Orientation Sessions


  • Friday, June 14, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (past)
  • Friday, June 28, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (full)
  • Friday, July 12, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Friday, July 26, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm *MSS, Pride Center, & TRIO
  • Friday, August 2, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm *Military-Connected
  • Friday, August 9, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Friday, August 16, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Friday, August 23, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm


  • Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (past)
  • Wednesday, May 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (past)
  • Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (past)
  • Thursday, June 20, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm *MSS, Pride Center, & TRIO (full)
  • Thursday, July 18, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, August 7, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 20, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Specialized Sessions

All students are welcome at any session, but we do have a few specialized sessions we encourage you to choose if they apply to you. The registration form will provide more detail and assist you in picking the best one for you.

Register Today!

When to attend Orientation

Seawolves starting in summer 2024

If you're starting classes this summer, we encourage you to choose one of the eariler sessions (April - June), but you are welcome to attend any session this summer.

Seawolves starting in fall 2024

 If you are starting classes in fall 2024, you should attend any session this summer that works for you. Please note that earlier is often better, especially since we'll be helping you with course registration!


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 team 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

Looking for more in-person opportunities?

Join us on campus for more opportunties to connect and get acquainted with UAA! 

  • Seawolves Connect
    • A one-on-one appointment with an Orientation Leader who can answer your questions, introduce you to the basic technology needed to be successful at UAA, and connect you to applicable resources
    • Email us at to schedule
  • Campus Tours
    • Wednesday, August 21, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Email us at to sign up
    • By appointment most weekdays | Email us at to schedule
  • Resource Fair
    • Meet departments across campus who are here to support you on your student journey, plus a handful of local organizations too
    • Wednesday, August 21, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Cafeteria
    • No RSVP or registration required
  • Campus Kickoff
    • The biggest and most vibrant event of the year!
    • Free food, games, music, and a chance to meet departments and student organizations from across campus
    • SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 24, 2024
      • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      • Location: Inside the UAA Student Union and Alaska Avis Sports Complex


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact New Student Orientation

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