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 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

Graduate Student Orientation 

Graduate Student Orientation is required for all new graduate students. For more information, contact the Graduate School.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Murie Building Auditorium

Sign up here

New Teaching Assistant Training

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 1:00pm to 4:00pm 
(Refreshments served at 12:45pm)

WHERE:  Murie Building Auditorium

Sign up here.

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International Student Orientation

Fall 2015 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 fee is applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester.

International Students must also attend the following sessions offered just for International Students.

  • Tuesday 9/1: 1:30pm-5:00pm, Int'l Session I, Murie Auditorium
  • Wednesday 9/2: 9:00am-12:00pm, Int'l Session II, Murie Auditorium
  • Wednesday 9/2: 4:00pm-6:00pm, Welcome Mixer, Great Hall

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

First-Time Freshmen

Sunday, August 30 - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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 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.

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Fall 2015 New Student Orientation schedule

Please continue to check back for updates to the fall 2015 schedule.

Sunday, August 30th

Monday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 1st

Wednesday, September 2nd

Transfer Student Orientation

 Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Transfer students are invited to participate in the full New Student Orientation program (register here), but may also participate in this one-day orientation program designed specifically for transfer students.

A fee of $10 is required for participation in our one day transfer orientation program. Register here.

>>Additional information for admitted transfer students.

Fall 2015 Transfer Student Orientation schedule

Wednesday, September 2

8:00am to 9:00am Check-In and Breakfast Wood Center Ballroom
  Check in for Transfer Student Orientation and enjoy a light breakfast.
9:00am to 9:30am Welcome Wood Center Ballroom
9:30am to 10:30am Success at UAF: Making the Transition Wood Center Ballroom

Learn about the resources at UAF that will help you succeed.

10:30am to 12:00pm Information Sessions Wood Center 
  Build your own schedule by choosing from a number of information sessions. Learn about study abroad opportunities, student jobs, how to survive at -40ºF, and more.
12:00pm to 1:00pm Academic Lunch Constitution Park
  Connect with the faculty of UAF in a casual setting over lunch.
1:00pm to 4:00pm Party in the Park Constitution Park
  Immerse yourself in student life at UAF, learn about leadership and involvement opportunities, and meet members of the over 130 student organizations that help make UAF an exciting, dynamic place.
2:30pm to 4:00pm Campus Tour Depart from Wood Center Ballroom
  Find out where your classes and campus offices and departments are located.
Optional Evening Activities
4:00pm to 5:00pm Commuter Connections Wood Center Ballroom
  Don't live on campus? Meet other commuter students and learn how you can stay connected with what's happening on campus.
 8:00pm to 10:00pm Open Mic Night Wood Center Arctic Java
  Show off your talents and enjoy the coffeehouse atmosphere in the last hours before you begin classes. Sponsored by the Student Activities Office  
10:00pm to 12:00am Late Night Breakfast Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex, Hess Rec.
  Fuel up before your first day of classes!

Parent and Family Orientation

Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, 2015

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.

A fee of $25 (plus $10 for each additional guest) will be required for attending Parent and Family Orientation. Register here.

Fall 2015 Parent and Family Orientation schedule

Sunday, August 30th

8:00am to 3:00pm Rev-It-Up Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex (MBS)
  Students' one-stop stop to check in for New Student Orientation, move into the residence halls, set up email, buy a parking decal, get a PolarExpress card and more! All in one convenient location.
8:00am to 7:00pm NSO Information Table Wood Center Front Desk

Drop by any time you have a question. If students arrive after Rev-It-Up, they’ll check in for Orientation here.

9:00am to 5:00pm Campus Tours MBS and Wood Center Patio

Tours depart each hour, on the hour, with the final tours departing at 4pm. Tour groups may depart from either location.

12:30 to 1:15pm History of UAF Wood Center CDEF

UAF just turned 100! Learn about our university’s history and explore what it means to be a Nanook.

1:30 to 2:15pm Student Jobs & Interview Skills Wood Center CDEF

Find out about student employment opportunities including on-campus jobs and internships.

2:30 to 3:00pm Parent and Family Orientation Check In Wood Center Ballroom
   This is where you'll check in for Parent and Family Orientation.
3:00 to 3:30pm Parent and Family Orientation Welcome Wood Center Ballroom

Meet university administrators and learn more about the Orientation schedule and sessions.

3:00 to 5:00pm Office Open Houses Various
   After Rev-It-Up, many university offices will relocate to their usual locations to continue to provide services.
3:30 to 4:00pm Understanding FERPA Wood Center Ballroom
   Get to know the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and learn what it means for you and your student. 
4:00 to 5:00pm Campus Community Panel Wood Center Ballroom
   Get answers to your burning questions from representatives from Residence Life, the Registrar, the Bursar, Financial Aid and more.
5:00 to 7:00pm Welcome Barbecue Wood Center 
   Mix and mingle with faculty, staff, students and the other parents and family members of UAF students while you enjoy a delicious meal prepared by UAF Dining. 
6:00 to 7:00pm Honors Program Reception Honors House (520 Copper Lane)
   Required for all Honors students; Honors students' families are invited and encouraged to attend.
7:00 to 9:00pm Parent and Family Social Wood Center Pub
   Unwind with the administrators, staff, and faculty who will be educating and supporting your student. Must be 21+ to enter. Light refreshments will be served; beer and wine for purchase. 

Monday, August 31st

8:00 to 8:30am Breakfast Murie Hall Atrium
  Grab a quick breakfast before Orientation gets underway for the day. 
8:30 to 9:30am Letting Go Murie Hall Auditorium
  Learn about the changes that will occur in the relationship between you and your student and discuss the new opportunities you both face. 
9:30 to 11:30am Breakout Sessions Murie Hall
  Build your own schedule by choosing three breakout sessions. 
11:30 to 1:00pm Lunch Wood Center
  Join your student for one last meal together before the conclusion of Parent and Family Orientation

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

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
NSO 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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