Inspiring Independence

New student orientation

Students enjoy a crisp walk across campus

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 $35 NSO fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester. 

Refund policy


First-time freshmen

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
COST: A $35 fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester.

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.

Spring 2015 New Student Orientation schedule

Graduate student orientation schedule

Graduate Student Orientation is required for all new graduate students. 

Please check back for the Spring 2015 Graduate Student Orientation Schedule.

Spring 2015 Graduate Student Orientation

Transfer student orientation

Transfer students are encouraged to attended Spring 2015 Orientation on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. There is a $35 fee associated with this program, and it will take place in the Wood Center Ballroom. 

Please check back for more information 

>>Additional information for admitted transfer students.

Spring 2015 Transfer Student Orientation schedule

International student orientation

Spring 2015 New Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 status.

COST: A $35 fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester.

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

Spring 2015 International Student Orientation schedule

Parents and family orientation

Family Orientation is a program held in the Fall and is encouraged for parents and other family members. This program is free of charge, and attending is a great way for family members to take part in their student's collegiate experience. 

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.

Fall 2015 Family Orientation schedule


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.

Contact New Student Orientation

NSO staff

 Ronnie Houchin

NSO Coordinator 

(907) 474-1103

rshouchin@alaska.edu

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.

Alexandra Roberts

NSO student assistant

uaf-orientation@alaska.edu
907-474-2760

Alexandra is a senior psychology student who joined the New Student Orientation staff in the summer of 2010. As the New Student Orientation Student Assistant, she helps organize various New Student Orientation programs. Alexandra was an Orientation Leader before joining NSO, as well as in her high school’s equivalent, Student 2 Student in Seoul, South Korea.


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