New Student Orientation is here to help! Your first days on campus are sure to be a mixture of new people, places and questions, but our orientation program will help you find your way. The New Student Orientation team is composed of student leaders, staff and faculty who truly care about your experience as a UAF student. We tailor workshops, design tours and plan programs to introduce you to campus resources and provide answers to your questions about academic and extracurricular life at UAF.
The fall, multiday event includes information sessions, workshops, activities and other opportunities to connect with your orientation leaders and fellow incoming students. Specific events include: resource fair, grand orientation welcome, academic lunch, late-night shopping extravaganza and many other engaging programs. If you will first join UAF at the spring semester, a one-day NSO program will be offered.
All new international students are required to attend the international sessions during NSO, which will cover immigration compliance, taxes, adjusting to a new culture and more!
Congratulations on your acceptance! Now that you are a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this is the program to start your college experience off on the right foot. Wilderness Welcome has been introducing students to each other and the Alaskan Wilderness for over 15 years. Whether you are coming to Alaska to explore the “Last Frontier” or you are from Fairbanks itself, Wilderness Welcome gives you the opportunity to make friends, challenge yourself and see some of Alaska’s amazing wild areas. This is an excellent way to transition into life at UAF.
No experience is required for Wilderness Welcome trips, but all students must be in good physical condition. Whether you are an experienced outdoors person or looking to learn a new activity, you will be challenged on Wilderness Welcome. It's your gateway to UAF's 360+ million-acre classroom.
What does a Wilderness Welcome trip consist of?
There are up to five separate groups that head out into the wilderness of Alaska. The different trips types include rafting, backpacking, canoeing and inflatable kayaking.
Monday, August 25 - Students should arrive in Fairbanks on this day. Transportation from the airport can be arranged. Students who plan to live on campus can move into their room that day. Students living off-campus will need to provide their own housing. Anyone arriving early will need to provide their own housing before this day.
Day 1, Tuesday August 26 - Wilderness Welcome begins! This day will consist of pre-trip meetings, brief tours of campus and Fairbanks as well as taking care of new student business like the Polar Express cards and the campus post office. It will also serve as a day to allow students to get over any jet-lag. Personal errands should be taken care of prior to meeting at 10:00am this day. Once the program begins, students will be very busy and will need to be there for the day's activities.
Day 2-5, Wednesday-Saturday August 27-30: Students will depart for the field on one of five different four-day adventures. The morning will be spent driving, but students will be hiking, rafting, canoeing or kayaking by lunch time. On Saturday, students will return from their trips in the late afternoon. There will then be a large group BBQ after all the gear has been cleaned up, and then the students spend the night in their dorm rooms.
Sunday, August 31 : This is the first day of traditional Orientation.
Each August trip costs $425. This includes transportation, food, equipment, instructors, housing. Students must provide footwear, clothing and personal items. A complete packing list will be mailed after we receive your registration. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. We accept cash, check and Visa/MasterCard.
Register Soon; Trips fill up fast! Return the 2014 application form with the rest of your materials to International Programs. Any questions, call us (907)474-6027.