New Student Orientation

Attending UAF's New Student Orientation program will help you successfully navigate through the beginning of your UAF experience.

All new students are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation. It is REQUIRED for:

  • First-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students
  • International students (Undergraduate F-1 Status and International Exchange in J-1 Status)

If you fall into one of the above two categories, you do not need to register. If you are not a mandatory student but would like to attend New Student Orientation please register here

A $115 fall NSO fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the fall semester. 

Refund policy

Graduate Student Orientation 


Orientation for new graduate students is coordinated by the Graduate School

International Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 status.

New international students will participate in the full New Student Orientation program and will attend special sessions designed specifically to aid in their transition to academic life in the United States.

COST: A $115 fall NSO fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the fall semester.

For additional questions not related to Orientation, please contact the UAF Office of International Programs & Initiatives.

First-year students

Thursday, August 25 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

If you are a first-time baccalaureate degree-seeking student or an international student (undergraduate F-1 Status and International Exchange in J-1 Status), then you are considered a mandatory student and you do not need to register online. If you are not a mandatory student but would like to attend New Student Orientation please register now.

Participation in fall New Student Orientation requires a $115 fee, applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the fall semester.

A full schedule of New Student Orientation activities will be posted in late spring. 


Transfer Student Orientation

Fall Orientation for transfer students is designed to help you translate your previous college experience to your new home at UAF. We'll connect you with the people, offices, and resources you'll need to succeed.

Your $10 registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and materials distributed during Transfer Student Orientation. Registration will open in April 2016.

>>Additional information for admitted transfer students.

Parent and Family Orientation

Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26, 2016

Parent and Family Orientation is encouraged for parents and other family members. Attending is a great way for family members to take part in their student's collegiate experience. 

Parent and Family Orientation is also a chance to connect with other families going through similar transitions and to meet the faculty and staff who will be supporting your student throughout their time at UAF.

Registration for Parent and Family Orientation will open in April 2016.

Wilderness Welcome

Wilderness Welcome is a great way to have an Alaskan adventure before you begin New Student Orientation. Outdoor Adventures offers up to five separate group trips just before the start of New Student Orientation. Click here for more information. 

Getting Here for New Student Orientation

Whether you're arriving by road, train or plane, finding your way to campus is easy. Click here for more information on getting to campus, finding a hotel room, or arranging a shuttle to campus. 

Refund Policy

Refunds are only granted when you are not required to attend NSO and/or with a written statement from the mandated student stating why they are unable to attend NSO. All requests will be considered at the discretion of the NSO Coordinator. Please contact the NSO office with any questions or concerns.

Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Are you a leader? Do you love UAF?
Do you want to help new students make a successful transition to #NanookNation?

Orientation Leader applications are currently being accepted!


Orientation Leaders must be sophomores or above, have a cumulative and previous semester GPA of 2.5 or higher, be enrolled full-time for fall 2016, and be in good judicial standing with the university. Orientation Leaders serve in a volunteer student leadership position and must return to campus on August 21, 2016 to begin training. Orientation Leader training will last from August 21-14, 2016. New Student Orientation will take place from Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28, 2016. Orientation Leaders with signed housing agreements for fall 2016 may move into their residence hall room on August 21, 2016 at no additional charge to them. Orientation Leaders will receive most meals during the training period and during New Student Orientation. In addition, Orientation Leaders will receive plenty of "swag," UAF apparel to wear during the NSO program, and will receive a stipend of $250 in BearBucks. 

Please apply here by noon on Friday, April 29, 2016. Contact us (see below) if you have any questions about the position. 

Contact New Student Orientation

NSO staff

Ronnie Houchin
Transition Programs Coordinator

Ronnie Houchin joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as the New Student Orientation Coordinator in the summer of 2014 after serving as the Campus Life Coordinator at Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska for three years. Hailing from southeast Indiana, Ronnie served as an orientation leader and resident assistant and studied Germanic Studies and Gender Studies at Indiana University prior to attending graduate school at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Outside of the office, Ronnie enjoys hiking with his dog Franklin, traveling, and binge-watching television series online.

James Gilchrest
Student Assistant

 James Cameron Gilchrest came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a student veteran returning from an 11 month deployment. He is currently studying homeland security and emergency management and hopes to tie that knowledge within student affairs. James is still serving in the Alaska National Guard. James is from Juneau, Alaska where he spent most of his time playing sports and actively engaged in extracurriculars like student government and Interact Club. Aside from being a soldier and a student, James loves spending time with his family, soccer, ultimate frisbee, Improv, and making people laugh. James is currently the president of Student Veterans of UAF and Students Offering Leadership Development he is also the Vice President of Finance for the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

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