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 $35 spring 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
Spring 2016 Orientation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the UAF Rasmuson Library Media Classroom. Light refreshments will be served at 8:45 a.m.
This orientation is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended; not only will it familiarize you with policies, procedures and other graduate school survival tactics, but you'll get to meet your friendly Graduate School staff.
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 $35 spring NSO 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.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
9 am to 5 pm
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 spring New Student Orientation requires a $35 fee, applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester.
Transfer Student Orientation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
9 am to 5 pm
Spring 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. Register here.
Parent and Family Orientation
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.
Parents and other family members interested in participating in spring orientation should contact Ronnie Houchin, Transition Programs Coordinator at email@example.com or by phone at 907 474-1103.
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.
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.