Undergraduate Academic Affairs

First Year Programs


September 30, 2016

One big Husky family

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Students come from all across Washington state, the country and the world, but when they come here, they are all part of the same Husky family. Watch as they come together in one gigantic W. (Video)


July 24, 2015

Welcoming new undergrads to the UW

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of orientation leaders and students at orientation

This summer, thousands of freshmen and transfer students — 8,000+ of them — will participate in summer Advising and Orientation. With this year’s record-breaking numbers of freshmen, advisers, faculty, First Year Programs’ staff, student orientation leaders and campus-wide partners are busier than ever helping our newest students transition to the UW so they are able…


May 12, 2015

Reflections and dreams of graduating seniors

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Portrait of Drew Conley

An inspirational selection of graduating seniors share their memorable UW moments and their plans after June.


April 13, 2015

Graduating senior Nadine Mortell recognized with regional leadership award

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Nadine Mortell, 2015 NODA Regional Student Leader award recipient.

UW senior Nadine Mortell loves helping other students succeed and hopes to pursue a career in student affairs when she graduates. Her deep involvement in the UW community and her boundless enthusiasm helped earn her the recognition of the NODA association’s Regional Undergraduate Student Leader award.


December 29, 2014

6 high notes for Danny Shelton in 2014

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Husky football player Danny Shelton

Husky senior nose tackle Danny Shelton had a busy year in 2014. Both on and off the field, dedication to his academic studies and leadership on the football field reflect this Husky’s passion and drive.


September 22, 2014

“W” stands for welcome!

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of students in W formation

On September 21, 2014, thousands of new University of Washington freshmen and transfer students formed a gigantic W on the field at Husky Stadium and had their class photo taken. The big “W”   The W photo tradition began in 2005 as a freshman photo. In 2011, transfer students joined the photo. The W spans…


June 25, 2014

Autumn 2014 Collegium Seminars course descriptions

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Globe image

Welcome to the University of Washington! Are you looking for an interesting class to fill out your schedule? Maybe a class that’s a little different from what you normally have to take? Maybe something fresh, lively, a little off-beat? Collegium Seminars are distinctive classes for freshmen in which you can meet other people and get…


April 24, 2014

LeAnne Wiles, associate director in First Year Programs, named a Distinguished Staff Awardee

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Portrait of LeAnne Wiles

LeAnne Wiles, associate director in First Year Programs, was recently named a Distinguished Staff Awardee for 2014! Four individuals, including Wiles, and one team were awarded the University of Washington’s top honor for its staff.


June 28, 2013

Oh the places they’ll go! New grads and their plans

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Merzamie Cagaitan

Taking our inspiration from the classic children’s book (and graduation gift), Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, we asked some new graduates a couple questions. Those questions are: What’s your most memorable experience with an Undergraduate Academic Affairs program? Dr. Seuss says, “You have brains in your head. / You have feet in…