Welcome new Huskies

During Advising & Orientation (A&O), you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the UW, giving you time to connect with other students, learn about campus and its resources, meet with academic advisers and register for classes.

Choosing an A&O Session

U.S. Students:
U.S. students are required to sign up for an on-campus A&O session. You may register for an A&O session once you have paid your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). There are no additional prerequistes to signing up for the A&O session that works best for you.

International Students:

Once you have paid your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF), international students can sign up for any on-campus A&O session.

  • International freshmen may select a hybrid (online and on-campus) session if you are unable to attend an on-campus A&O session due to visa/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 your A&O session. You will be able to take the quiz again if you do not receive a passing score. You will not be able to register for classes during A&O if you have not passed the ISS information session quiz. 

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. A separate Parent Orientation is available for parents and guardians to learn about the UW and how to best support their students.


Explore Majors

While at the University of Washington, 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 think they have decided will change their minds more than once before they graduate. There is a lot to choose from at a university of this size and many different 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.

Investigate majors by interest area

First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

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

Explore FIGs

Collegium Seminars

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

  • The UW’s best instructors
  • Small class size
  • Manageable course load: 1-2 credits
  • Stress-free learning: Offered only 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 are adequately prepared for UW. Your success in difficult entry-level courses requires that you 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. In addition, you’ll want 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. Multiple dates will be available, but advanced registration is required. The required Embark session will focus on immigration information 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.