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, Sep. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Murie Building Auditorium

Sign up here

New Teaching Assistant Training

WHEN:  Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015, 1 - 4 p.m. 
(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: 1:30-5 p.m. Int'l Session I, Murie Auditorium
  • Wednesday 9/2: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Int'l Session II, Murie Auditorium
  • Wednesday 9/2: 4-6p.m. Welcome Mixer, Great Hall

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

First-Time Freshmen

Sunday, Aug. 30 - Wednesday, Sep. 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

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Sunday, Aug. 30

8 a.m.- 3 p.m Rev-It-Up Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex (MBS Complex)

Check in for New Student Orientation, move into the residence halls, set up your email, buy a parking decal, get your PolarExpress card, and more, all in one convenient location.




8 a.m. - 7 p.m. NSO Information Table Wood Center Front Desk

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



9 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Tours MBS Complex, Wood Center Patio

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



12:30-1:15 p.m. History of UAF Wood Center CDEF

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



1:30-2:15 p.m. Student Jobs & Interview Skills Wood Center CDEF

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

2:30-3:15 p.m. Making Sense of Money Management Wood Center CDEF
Figuring out how to pay for college can be confusing. Our experts will help you understand the options and identify strategies to make the most of your money
3-5 p.m. Office Open Houses Various

After Rev-It-Up, many university offices will relocate to their usual locations to continue to provide services to students.

5-7 p.m. Welcome Barbecue Wood Center 

Mix and mingle with faculty, staff, and other students while you enjoy a delicious meal prepared by UAF Dining.

 6-7 p.m. Honors Program Reception  Wood Center ballroom 
Required for all Honors students. Honors students’ families are invited and encouraged to attend.
 7-10 p.m.  Orientation Kickoff  Patty Center Gymnasium
 

Show your UAF spirit in this blue-and-gold-filled event that will keep you on your feet, moving, and cheering. Come ready to yell, learn the fight song, connect with UAF traditions and athletics, and meet the other students starting their UAF journey.

10 p.m.-12 a.m.  Outdoor Movie: Jurassic World   To Be Determined
Relax at the end of a long day by watching this summer’s biggest blockbuster

Monday, Aug. 31

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Late Check In Wood Center
 Late Orientation check in for students unable to check in on Sunday
8-9 am Breakfast and Group Time Wood Center

Start the day with breakfast and get to know the students in your orientation group.

 
9-11:30 a.m.     Breakout Sessions Gruening Hall

Build your own schedule and learn about life at -40ºF, how to use UAOnline and DegreeWorks, and more!

 
11:30-1 p.m. Lunch   Wood Center
 Eat up!
1-2:15 p.m. The Price is Too High Wood Center ballroom
 

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a student at this interactive game show, complete with fabulous prizes.

2:30-4:30 p.m.       Everything Changes Salisbury Theatre

Join us for an honest conversation about staying safe and building a safe community for you and your peers. Presented in partnership with UAF Green Dot and the Department of Theatre & Film. 

5:30-7 p.m. Themed Dinner Wood Center Dine 49
7-10 p.m. SRC Late Nighter SRC

Check out the Student Recreation Center and take part in athletic activities like fitness, rock climbing, and games.

 
7-10 p.m. TED Talks and Game Night Honors House

Honors Students: Visit the Honors House on Copper Lane for an evening of TED Talks and board games



Tuesday, Sep. 1

8-9 a.m. Breakfast and Group Time   Wood Center

Continue getting to know the students in your Orientation group over breakfast.

 

9-10 a.m. Academics 101   Davis Concert Hall

Learn how to succeed in the classroom and get introduced to the programs, offices, and services that will support your studies.

10-11 a.m. Academics 102   Gruening Hall
 Dive deeper into what it means to be a college student and learn more about your academic responsibilities
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Student Success Resource Fair   Wood Center

Meet the offices and programs at UAF that will help you achieve your academic goals.

 
12-1 p.m. Lunch and Group Time   Wood Center
1-3 p.m. Academic Open Houses   Various Locations
 

Meet with the faculty and staff in your school or college and learn more about your academic program.

1:30-5 p.m. International Student Orientation I   Murie Auditorium
 Required for all international students
2-6 p.m. Chena River Float   Outdoor Adventures
 

Explore Fairbanks on this mellow float. Space is limited; sign up soon at the OA Office at 519 Copper Lane. All costs – transportation, gear, and guides – are covered.

3-5p.m.       Office of Sustainability & FreeStore Open House   Lola Tilly Commons
Learn more about the Office of Sustainability and check out the FreeStore – an organized location that provides free clothing, dorm and household items, books, movies, and more 
3-7 p.m. Outdoor Activities   Various Locations
 

Take a break with fun, recreational activities including disc golf, hiking, volleyball, and more!

7-8 p.m. Living on the Edge I Hess Rec.
Required for all Skarland Hall residents
8:30-9:30 p.m. Living on the Edge II   Hess Rec.
Required for all Moore Hall residents.
10-11:30 p.m. Hypnotist Chris Jones Hess Rec.
Hypnotist Chris Jones and his interactive hypnosis show draw crowds at colleges and universities across the country and could be seen this summer on America’s Got Talent
12-2 a.m. Fred Meyer College Night      Fred Meyer West

Take advantage of special deals and giveaways just for UAF students! Shuttle buses will run continuously from 11:45am until 2am. Make sure you bring your PolarExpress card.




Wednesday, Sep. 2

8-10 a.m. Student Veterans Orientation To Be Determined
Recommended for student veterans and those receiving VA benefits.
9-10 a.m. Breakfast and Group Time Wood Center
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Academic Induction Davis Concert Hall
Academic Induction serves as a beginning bookend to Commencement (aka graduation) and is your official induction to the community of learners at UAF
9 a.m.-12 p.m. International Student Orientation II Murie Auditorium

Required for international students.

12-1 p.m. Academic Lunch Constitution Park
 Connect with the faculty of UAF in a casual setting over lunch
1-4 p.m. Party in the Park Constitution Park
Immerse yourself in student life at UAF, learn about leadership opportunities, and meet members of the over 130 student organizations that help make UAF an exciting, dynamic place 
3-5p.m. Green Bikes Campus Tour & Open House Nordic House

Green Bikes offers long term bike rentals and mechanical help for cyclists across and beyond. Check out their location and services and cruise around campus on a guided tour.

 
3-7 p.m. Honors Orientation and BBQ Honors House
 

Required for all Honors Students. Join current Honors students for an evening of fun, food, and entertainment.

4-5 p.m. Commuter Connections Wood Center

Don’t live on campus? Meet other commuter students and learn how you can stay connected with what’s happening on campus.

4-6 p.m. International Welcome Mixer Great Hall
8-10 p.m.  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 p.m-12 a.m.   Late Night Breakfast Hess Rec.
Fuel up before your first day of classes!

Transfer Student Orientation

 Wednesday, Sep. 2, 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, Sep. 2

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

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

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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.
12-1 p.m. Academic Lunch Constitution Park
  Connect with the faculty of UAF in a casual setting over lunch.
1-4 p.m. 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.
2:30-4 p.m. Campus Tour Depart from Wood Center Ballroom
  Find out where your classes and campus offices and departments are located.
Optional Evening Activities
4-5 p.m. 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.
 8-10 p.m. 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 p.m.- 12 a.m. Late Night Breakfast Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex, Hess Rec.
  Fuel up before your first day of classes!

Parent and Family Orientation

Sunday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Aug. 31, 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, Aug. 30

8 a.m.-3 p.m. 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 a.m.-7 p.m. 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 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.

12:30-1:15 p.m. 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.

1:30-2:15 p.m. Student Jobs & Interview Skills Wood Center CDEF
 

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

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

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

3-5 p.m. Office Open Houses Various
   After Rev-It-Up, many university offices will relocate to their usual locations to continue to provide services.
3:30-4 p.m. 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. 
4-5 p.m. 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.
5-7 p.m. 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. 
6-7 p.m. Honors Program Reception Honors House (520 Copper Lane)
   Required for all Honors students; Honors students' families are invited and encouraged to attend.
7-9 p.m. 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, Aug. 31

8-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Murie Hall Atrium
  Grab a quick breakfast before Orientation gets underway for the day. 
8:30-9:30 a.m. 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. 
9:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions Murie Hall
  Build your own schedule by choosing three breakout sessions. 
11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Lunch Wood Center
  Join your student for one last meal together before the conclusion of Parent and Family Orientation

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. 


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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