Our Mission Statement:

New Student Orientation facilitates the integration of new students into the academic, intellectual, and social culture of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Why is Orientation important?

UAA New Graduate Student Orientation will afford you the opportunity to make valuable connections with UAA students, staff and faculty while getting accurate information about life at UAA and departments that will become important to you. This will relieve common anxieties about starting your new degree program. New students who make these connections tend to be more successful in their transition to college, more likely to be satisfied with their college experience, achieve better grades and graduate.

We encourage all Graduate Students, whether new or continuing, to take advantage of this unique experience that will ensure your familiarity with all that UAA has to offer. 

When is the UAA New Graduate Student Orientation for Fall 2013? 

This year, the UAA Graduate School has reserved Room 118 in the Social Science Building (SSB 118) from 1:00pm to 4pm on Friday, August 23th for an informative presentation, "New Graduate Student Orientation to UAA - Navigating the System". 

Individual Program Orientations are usually held in the morning - contact your degree program for further information.

When is the Graduate School Welcome Meeting and Resource Fair for Fall 2013?

The Graduate Student Welcome Meeting and Resource Fair will also be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 in the Consortium Library Room 307 and the nearby alcove from 4pm to 7pm. 

There will be lots of food to sample provided by University Dining. Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes.  Most UAA faculty will be available to get acquainted with you in this informal setting.  You'll get an opportunity to make many new friends that are also attending UAA in pursuit of their Master's degree.

The Resource Fair will be taking place in the alcove by Library 307.  Departments from across UAA will have tables set up to provide you with an introduction to their services.  Student Organizations will also have representatives present to explain what opportunities exist for participating at UAA.


Other programs offered through the Office of New Student Orientation

HOWL DAYS

Howl Days will afford you the opportunity to make valuable connections with UAA students, staff and faculty while getting accurate information about life at UAA. This will relieve common anxieties about starting college. New students who make these connections tend to be more successful in their transition to college, more likely to be satisfied with their college experience, achieve better grades and graduate.

FAQ

  • Q:What to Bring?
    • A:Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking. Questions regarding advising and financial aid. 
  • Q: Will we be registering for classes?
    • A: No, we will not be registering for classes but we will try our best to answer questions!
  • Q: How long does orientation lasts?
    • A: All orientation will be from 8-4 with the exception of Luncheons which runs from 10-3*. UA scholars also stay until 4:30 on Orientation days to meet with the UA Scholars Manager. *Times for Luncheon may change.

PAW PRINT

Resource book for the new UAA Seawolf. Want to know who your student body president is? Current job openings? Where you can get student discounts in Anchorage for food, clothes, anything? Then you'll want a copy of Paw Print - only available at Howl Days!

ANSWER DESK

The first week of class can be stressful, confusing but also exciting! We'll have answer desk stations with smiling faces at strategic places on campus to answer questions such as, "Where's the bathroom?", "Where's room 105?", "Am I close to Eagle River???"

UAA FUSION

(For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods) Community Service event offered at the start of each semester where we partner with local agencies and bring you an opportunity to give back! Imagine - one week, lots of UAA students and many needs met. Refer to UAA FUSION website for agency information, volunteer registration, or to sign up for e-mail updates and newsletters.