New student orientation



All new students are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation. It is REQUIRED for:

  • All new bachelor students registered for 12 or more credits (6 credits in-person), including transfer students with 30 credits or fewer and international undergraduate students (including F-1 and J-1 visa status).  


If you fall into one of the two requirement categories, you do not need to register.

If you are not in the required category but would like to join us, please click on the button below to register.


  • 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.

Orientation schedules

New Student Orientation for fall 2020 at UAF will be fully available online, while also offering some events in-person with specific guidelines regarding room capacity and maintaining safe, social distancing protocols.

We are finalizing the exact details of the New Student Orientation schedule, but here are a few highlights we can share:

  • Fully online, with some events in-person
  • Students will connect with a cohort of students led by an Orientation Leader to welcome them to campus and help transition into Nanook Nation. 
  • We will conduct campus tours with some social distancing and capacity guidelines
  • Students will hear from numerous campus partners that offer a wide range of resources to help you succeed during your time at UAF
  • Extended Orientation programming will continue for the first 6 weeks of the semester.
  • We’ll make sure you know how to find your classes, where to eat, how to get books, and all the other little items that will help you succeed

Getting here for New Student Orientation

Whether you're arriving by road, train or plane, finding your way to campus is easy. Find 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

Robert Wighs
Transition Programs Coordinator