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 2014 New Student Orientation schedule

Please continue to check back for updates to the Fall 2014 schedule.

Sunday, August 31

Monday, September 1

Tuesday, September 2

Wednesday, September 3

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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 half-day orientation program designed specifically for transfer students.

A fee of $10 is required for participation in the half-day transfer orientation program.

>>Additional information for admitted transfer students.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fall 2014 Transfer Student Orientation schedule

Wednesday, September 3

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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. Please check back in mid-June for registration and payment information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fall 2015 Parent and Family Orientation schedule

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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 

rshouchin@alaska.edu
907-474-1103

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

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

 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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