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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall 2015 New Student Orientation schedule
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.
Fall 2015 Transfer Student Orientation schedule
|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
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
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 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