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 fall NSO fee will be applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the fall semester. 

A $35 spring NSO fee will be applied directly to students' accounts, which is settled during regular UAF fee payment at the start of the spring semester. 

Refund policy


First-year Students

Wednesday, August 23 through Saturday, August 26, 2017

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), your participation in New Student Orientation is required and you do not need to register. If you are not a mandatory student but would like to attend New Student Orientation please register now.

Participation in fall 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 spring semester.

Click on the drop-downs below to view the schedule, which is subject to minor changes. Finalized schedules will be distributed electronically in mid-summer and schedule booklets will be distributed during check-in for New Student Orientation. 

Wednesday, August 23

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

Your one-stop shop to check in for New Student Orientation, move into the residence halls, set up email, buy a parking decal and get a PolarExpress card and more, all in one convenient location.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.              Campus Tours

Tours will depart every hour, on the hour, from MBS and the Wood Center. The final tour will depart at 4 p.m. Tours will conclude at their starting point.

12:30-3 p.m.               Information Sessions                                       Wood Center C,D,E,F and Ballroom

Choose from a selection of information sessions on student employment, UAF history and more.  

5-7 p.m.                      Welcome Barbecue                                         Wood Center

Mix and mingle with faculty, staff and other students. Bring your family if they’re registered for Parent and Family Orientation. The cost of the meal is included in your registration.

7-9 p.m.                      NSO Kickoff and Pep Rally                              Patty Center, Alaska Airlines Court

Show your spirit in this blue-and-gold filled event that will keep you on your feet, moving and cheering. You’ll also meet your orientation leader and get to know the rest of the incoming class

9-11 p.m.                    Outdoor Movie                                                  Beluga Field, Student Recreation Center

Wind down with one of the latest blockbusters. Rain location: Hess Rec.

Thursday, August 24

8-9 a.m.                      Breakfast and Group Time                              Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine

Enjoy breakfast with your NSO small group. Be sure to check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will be meeting.

9-10:30 a.m.               Information Sessions                                       Gruening Building classrooms

Choose from a menu of information sessions on topics like campus life, study abroad opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, undergraduate research and more. Five concurrent 25 minute sessions will be offered from 9-9:25 a.m., 9:30-9:55 a.m. and 10-10:25 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-Noon         Academic Induction                                         Davis Concert Hall

Academic Induction signifies your formal entry into the community of learners at UAF and will welcome you to #NanookNation.

Noon-1 p.m.                Academic Lunch                                              Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine

Connect with the faculty of UAF in a casual setting as you enjoy a meal together.

1-3 p.m.                      Academic Open Houses & Department Meetings                     Various

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

1-4 p.m.                      International Student Orientation                   Murie Building Auditorium

Mandatory orientation for new international students coordinated by the Office of International Programs and Initiatives. 

3-5 p.m.                      Campus Safety and Support                           Davis Concert Hall

Join us for an honest conversation about healthy relationships and what it means to be a member of a safe and supportive community.

5-7 p.m.                      Dinner and Group Time                                   Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine

Have dinner with your orientation group and discuss the day’s events.

7-9 p.m.                      Living on the EDGE                                         Hess Rec., Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex

Skarland Hall residents required to attend from 7-8 p.m.; Moore Hall residents required to attend from 8-9 p.m.

9-11 p.m.                    Mission IMPROVable                                    Hess Rec., Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex

This fast-paced, exciting improve comedy team has left stomachs at colleges and universities across the country aching from laughter. Free show brought to you by the Student Activities Office.

Friday, August 25

8-9 a.m.                      Wellness Wake-Up                                          Student Recreation Center

Wake up with a group exercise or yoga class at the SRC.

9-10 a.m.                    Breakfast and Group Time                              Wood Center

Enjoy breakfast with your NSO small group. Be sure to check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will be meeting.

9 a.m.-Noon                International Student Orientation                 Murie Building Auditorium

Mandatory orientation for new international students coordinated by the Office of International Programs and Initiatives.

10-11 a.m.                  Academics 101                                                 Davis Concert Hall

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

11 a.m.-Noon              Academics 102                                                 Gruening Building classrooms

Dive deeper into what it means to be a collegiate scholar and learn about your academic responsibilities. Ask your orientation leader which classroom you’ll be meeting in.

Noon-1 p.m.                Lunch and Group Time                                      Wood Center

Eat lunch with your orientation group. Check with your orientation leader to find out where to meet.

1-3 p.m.                      Student Success Resource Fair                          Wood Center

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

 

5-7 p.m.                      Dinner and Group Time                                          Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine    

Have dinner with your orientation group and discuss the day’s events.

7-8:30 p.m.                 The Price is Too High                                           Wood Center ballroom

Compete for fabulous prizes and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a student during this interactive game show.

8:30-11 p.m.               Wood Center Late-Nighter                                  Wood Center

Have a ton of fun in the hub of campus activity. Open mic, free bowling, free pizza, root beer floats and giveaways. Presented in partnership with the Student Activities Office and the Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) Office.

Saturday, August 26

8-9 a.m.                      Wellness Wake-Up                                          Student Recreation Center

Wake up with a group exercise or yoga class at the SRC.

9-10 a.m.                    Breakfast and Group Time                              Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine

Enjoy breakfast with your NSO small group. Be sure to check with your orientation leader to find out where your group will be meeting.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.             Nanook Quest

After breakfast, compete against other orientation groups on a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Bring your class schedule to locate your classrooms along the way.

1-4 p.m.                       Under Construction

We're planning something -- it's just not ready yet. Check back for an update.

 

4-6 p.m.                      NSO Closing Celebration                                  Student Recreation Center

Celebrate the end of New Student Orientation and the start of your first year as a member of #NanookNation. 


Parent and Family Orientation

Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24, 2017

Parent and Family Orientation will provide you with the skills and resources you need to support your student in his or her transition to college life at UAF. During our two-day program, you'll have an opportunity to meet with the faculty and staff who will support and educate your student inside and outside of the classroom, ask questions, and take care of any outstanding business with the university.

The cost of attending Parent and Family Orientation is $25 for the first guest and $10 for each additional guest. This fee covers the cost of meals and materials distributed during Parent and Family Orientation.

Register for Parent and Family Orientation here

Click on the drop-downs below to view the schedule, which is subject to minor changes. Finalized schedules will be distributed electronically in mid-summer and schedule booklets will be distributed during check-in for New Student Orientation. 

Wednesday, August 23

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

Your one-stop shop to check in for New Student Orientation, move into the residence halls, set up email, buy a parking decal and get a PolarExpress card and more, all in one convenient location.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.              Campus Tours

Tours will depart every hour, on the hour, from MBS and the Wood Center. The final tour will depart at 4 p.m. Tours will conclude at their starting point.

12:30-3 p.m.               Information Sessions                                       Wood Center C,D,E,F and Ballroom

Choose from sessions on student employment, UAF history and money management.

2:30-5 p.m.                 Parent and Family Orientation Check-In         Wood Center Ballroom

Check-in for Parent and Family Orientation.

3-3:30 p.m.                  Welcome                                                         Wood Center Ballroom

Meet university administrators and learn more about what to expect during New Student Orientation. 

3:30-4:15 p.m.            Taking Care of Business Panel                      Wood Center Ballroom

Representatives from Residence Life, the Office of Admissions and the Registrar, the Bursar, Financial Aid and more will be available to answer your questions. 

4:15-5:00 p.m.            Student Panel                                                  Wood Center Ballroom

Speak with a panel of current students to learn what student life is like and how their families encourage and support them. 

5-7 p.m.                      Welcome Barbecue                                         Wood Center

Mix and mingle with faculty, staff, students and other parents and family members of new Nanooks. The cost of the meal is included in Parent and Family Orientation registration.

7-9 p.m.                      Parent and Family Social                                 Wood Center Pub

Unwind in a casual environment with the administrators, staff and faculty who will be educating and supporting your student. Light refreshments will be provided; beer and wine available to purchase. Must be 21+ to enter. Sponsored by the UAF Alumni Association.

Thursday, August 24

8-9 a.m.                      Breakfast                                                         Wood Center, Dine Forty-Nine

The cost of breakfast is included in your registration.

9-10:30 a.m.               Information Sessions                                       Gruening Building classrooms

Choose from a menu of information sessions on topics like campus life, study abroad opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, undergraduate research and more. Five concurrent 25-minute sessions will be offered from 9-9:25 a.m., 9:30-9:55 a.m. and 10-10:25 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-Noon         Academic Induction                                         Davis Concert Hall

Academic Induction signifies your students' formal entry into the community of learners at UAF and will welcome you to #NanookNation.

Noon-1 p.m.                Academic Lunch                                              Wood Center

Connect with the faculty of UAF in a casual setting as you enjoy a meal together.

1-3 p.m.                      Academic Open Houses & Department Meetings                     Various

Meet the faculty, staff and students in the UAF school or college that houses your student's academic program.

 

3-5 p.m.                      Parent and Family Orientation Sessions          Wood Center C,D,E,F and Ballroom

Join UAF faculty and staff for panels and presentations on student success, campus safety and partnering with the university to support your student.


Orientation for Student Veterans and Transfer Students

Friday, August 25, 2017

Student Veterans Orientation

Student Veterans Orientation is intended for any veteran student, active-duty member of the military or their dependents. This half-day program will introduce you to life at UAF, cover requirements and responsibilities related to using educational benefits and will give you an opportunity to network with other faculty, staff and students who have served in the military. Register online here. A full schedule will be made available in late spring 2017. Student Veterans Orientation is free.  

Transfer Student Orientation

New transfer students are invited to participate in a day-long orientation designed to help you translate your previous college experience to UAF. Your participation is not required, but it is highly encouraged. Transfer Student Orientation costs $10 which covers the cost of meals, materials and activities during Transfer Student Orientation. Register online here


International Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is required for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 status. A specialized International Student Orientation takes place during New Student Orientation and  is designed specifically for international students to cover topics related to cultural adjustment, immigration compliance and more. The cost of International Student Orientation is included with New Student Orientation.

For additional questions about International Student Orientation, please contact the UAF Office of International Programs & Initiatives.


Graduate Student Orientation 

 

Orientation for new graduate students is coordinated by the Graduate School


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

Ronnie Houchin
Transition Programs Coordinator

rshouchin@alaska.edu
907-474-1103

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