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Your Orientation

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.

Reserve your spot

Advising & Orientation sessions and Family Orientation will be offered in a hybrid format. You must accept your offer and pay the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF) before before you can reserve your spot for A&O. First-year students are required to make a reservation for a remote A&O session.

You are required to attend the full A&O program, which includes three parts:

  • Part 1: Self-guided First-Year Checklist and pre-A&O modules
  • Part 2: Remote live session on Zoom
  • Part 3: In-person, on-campus community connection meetings

After reserving your A&O session, you’ll get access to complete the online pre-A&O modules (Part 1) on your own time. Be sure to complete these modules at least 72 hours before attending your remote A&O session on Zoom (Part 2).

During A&O you will register for classes, discover campus resources and begin making connections with the UW community. Your Orientation Leaders (current students) will guide you through discussions and activities with academic advisers and campus experts. They’ll also be on-hand to give advice and answer questions.

And for Part 3, we look forward to welcoming you to campus for your community connection meetings!

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 (NSEOF) before you can register. Each sessions capacity is limited.

Family Orientation

In the optional, remote Family Orientation, parents and family members can learn more about the UW and how best to support their new Husky.

International student welcome programs

The Center for International Relations and Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) supports the transition to the UW for new international students. In addition to sharing important information over the summer, CIRCLE hosts the International Welcome Programs (IWP) when students arrive on campus in September, with programming especially for new international students, to answer questions and make sure they have the services and information they need.

Register for A&O

Explore majors

UW students pursue their interests and discover new ones through learning experiences in and outside the classroom. Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college — and others 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’ll register for your quarter courses, and you’ll find out 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 set of high-demand courses that you take with a small group of other new students. FIGs help you build your quarter schedule quickly and easily. FIGs serve both freshmen and transfer students in their first quarter at the UW.

Explore FIGs

Placement testing

Placement tests 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. International students, be sure to read about the English language proficiency requirement.

New Husky experiences

Meet campus departments during Ask the Pack, explore Transition 101 Videos or meet a new friend during International Husky Welcome.

Check it out

Consider a smooth transition

Ease your way into life at the UW this fall by attending College Edge.

Learn more