What is Orientation?

Orientation is your opportunity to prepare yourself for the upcoming year. Going to college can be a scary and/or challenging time. Orientation is designed to help students understand what to expect in their first year, both academically and personally. It is also set up to alleviate fears and anxieties, answer questions, and familiarize students with the campus and its available resources.


Who goes to Orientation?

First-time students of UAA, reentering students (coming back to college after a long break), guests, and parent/guardian(s) are welcome to attend. This is a program for students who are admitted for the upcoming semester, not for students wanting to preview the university.


What if I plan to attend a campus other than Anchorage?

Our orientation program only covers the campus located in Anchorage. If you are attending the Mat-Su campus, Kenai campus, or any other University of Alaska campus, our orientation is not designed with those campuses in mind.


Is Orientation mandatory?

New Student Orientation is not mandatory; yet your attendance is EXPECTED. Research shows that students who participate in orientation programs are more likely to be successful in college and persevere to graduation.


How much does Orientation cost?

Howl Days Orientation costs $75.00 per student and $25.00 per guest for full day orientations. Some orientations have different prices; refer to the “Register for Orientation” page for these special prices. All fees are non-refundable.


What does my fee cover?

The fee you have paid covers the costs involved to prepare and carry out an orientation program. This includes a meal, materials, accommodations, and expertise of Orientation Leaders.


How do I pay for Orientation?

Once you register, your Orientation fee will be charged to your UAA Student Account. This is the same account where you can view tuition charges, class charges, and university charges. Your account can be accessed by logging on to UA Online.


What do I do if I can’t make it on the day I registered for?

If you can’t attend, please let us know more than 5 business days in advance, and we will be able to reschedule you for a different session. Otherwise, we will send you our Virtual Orientation.


What happens if I register and don’t show up?

If you do not attend your Orientation, we will send you our Virtual Orientation. You will have two weeks to complete the Virtual Orientation in order to be counted as having attended an orientation.


Is it possible to obtain a refund for an orientation?

Refund requests are only honored in certain situations. They are not considered after the orientation date has passed. For more information, please view our refund request page.


Where can I stay if I'm coming from out of town?

The Best Western Golden Lion is closest to campus, call 1-877-935-5466. Other choices include: Spring Hill Suites (1-800-314-0783) and Aspen Hotel (1-907-868-1605).


What should I bring to orientation?

 Yourself! We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, as we may go outside.


Where do I park?

Orientation begins in the Student Union, so we recommend that you park in the south lot.  Parking is free.


What do I do if I need special accommodations?

You can request special accessibility services or meal requirements through our office at least five days before the orientation that you plan to attend.


What is Virtual Orientation?

Virtual Orientation is an online orientation designed for Distance Education students and students who live out of Anchorage, unable to attend Howl Days orientation. It is not for students 17-21 years of age with fewer than 30 credits.


What is the fee for Virtual Orientation?

There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee.


How do we measure up?

Our orientations receive very high evaluations. Of the 880+ participants who participated in one of our programs this year 93% agreed that Orientation was an enjoyable and worthwhile experience which helped prepare them for starting college in the Fall and gave them a better understanding of what to expect. 91% would also recommend this program to a friend.