Welcome New Huskies

Advising & Orientation (A&O), is your comprehensive introduction to the UW. You’ll connect with other students, learn about campus resources, meet with academic advisers and register for classes.

Choosing an A&O session

Freshmen are required to sign up for a two-day on-campus A&O session (one day on-campus A&O for transfer students). You must accept your offer and pay the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee before registering for A&O. Each session’s capacity is limited and the reservation system opens May 6.

Non-U.S. citizens who are unable to attend an on-campus A&O session due to visa or travel restrictions can select one of the hybrid (online and on-campus) A&O sessions available in the summer.

International students:

International students are required to register for an A&O session. You must accept your offer and pay the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee before you can register. You may register for any on-campus A&O session, but sessions have limited capacity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • International freshmen may select a hybrid (online and on-campus) session if they’re unable to attend an on-campus A&O session due to visa or travel restrictions. See First Year Programs for details.
  • International transfer students must attend an on-campus A&O session for transfer students during the summer.

International students studying in the U.S. with an F-1 student or J-1 scholar visa must complete the International Student Services online information session and pass the online quiz before attending the A&O session. (You can retake the quiz if you don’t pass the first time. You must pass the quiz before you can register for classes during A&O.) 

If you are unable to attend any of the published A&O programs, please contact First Year Programs.

On-campus housing during A&O

For an additional fee, optional overnight accommodations are available on campus for autumn freshmen only.

A&O is intended for incoming students. There’s a separate Parent Orientation where parents and guardians can learn about the UW and how to best support their students.


Explore majors

UW students discover new passions through learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college — and many who have decided will change their minds more than once before they graduate. There’s a lot to choose from at the UW, and many factors to think about as you consider potential majors.

At Advising & Orientation, you will register for your quarter courses, and there will be a lot of discussion about courses that can help you learn about – and prepare for – potential majors. Exploring majors by topic is an easy way to see the breadth of options.

Explore majors

First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Get connected, fulfill general-education requirements and meet other new Huskies! A FIG is a prepackaged cluster of high-demand courses that helps you build your quarter schedule quickly and easily. FIGs serve both freshmen and transfer students in their first quarter at the UW.

Explore FIGs

Collegium Seminars

Collegium Seminars are discussion-based seminars designed to introduce freshmen to the excitement of academic discovery. You’ll find:

  • The UW’s best instructors
  • Small class size
  • Manageable course load: 1-2 credits
  • Stress-free learning: Collegium Seminars are credit/no credit (pass/fail)

When: Autumn, winter, spring quarters

Collegium Seminars

Placement testing

The placement tests described here have one goal: to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the UW. To succeed in difficult entry-level courses, it’s important to start in the right class for your skill level. The UW offers placement tests in mathematics, many foreign languages, chemistry, and music history and theory. Be sure to read about the English language proficiency requirement.


Mandatory Embark session (international students only)

In addition to your A&O session, all new autumn international students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to attend one  Embark session during FIUTS International Welcome Weeks. Advance registration is required; multiple dates will be available. The required Embark session will provide information on immigration and your transition to the UW and the U.S. All other workshops, activities, and events that are part of the International Welcome Programs are strongly encouraged but optional.