Advising & Orientation (A&O) sessions provide new students their introduction to the UW community. Every A&O session combines academic advising, course registration, and an introduction to campus resources. We offer many of different session types that cater to the wide ranging needs of our student body.
Each year the University selects a book relating to an issue of social importance in an effort to create a shared exercise in inquiry. The 2012 common book is Respect by Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. Upon arrival at the University, students can find opportunities to engage in the themes and ideas of the book through classes, discussion, events, and activities.
The Commuter Commons helps student living at home and commuting to the UW create a sense of identity within the larger University community. The commons focuses on programs and outreach services for students who do not live on campus or the University District.
Each autumn, the UW campus begins the quarter with Dawg Daze, a week of welcome with more than 250 welcome events designed to help new and returning students connect with the campus, explore opportunities, and get involved with programs and services that relate to their interests.
For more than 20 years, Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) have helped students to seamlessly transition to life at the UW. FIGs allow first year students to enroll in the same schedule as 22 other new students. In addition to the same schedule, FIG students also participate in a seminar taught by trained FIG Leader and designed to position new students to take full advantage of the UW.
The Freshman Seminar program offers first-year students the opportunity to engage in an academic topic with a UW faculty or staff member. The Seminars, often with interdisciplinary topics, are small discussion-based courses usually reserved for junior or senior undergraduates.
We involve UW faculty and staff members in planning each year's FIG/TrIG courses to create clusters of courses that will complement each other, and allow students to experience some of the university's most exciting course offerings in their first quarter.
Husky Adventures are one-day excursions that occur at the end of August through September. They are intended to give new students a chance to meet others and get to know a professor in an informal off-campus setting.
Whether your student is coming to the UW from 5 or 500 miles away, Parent Orientation will provide you with the presentations, contacts and information you need to support your student during their transition to the University of Washington.
The UW Student Planner is a compact and sturdy spiral-bound calendar, packed with information about UW events, but with the space that students need to keep track of their busy schedules during the year. All entering UW students receive a complimentary Student Planner at their Advising and Orientation (A&O) session, while returning students and family members can purchase the Student Planner at the University Book Store.
Transfer Interest Groups (TrIGs) are 2-credit courses taught in the autumn and winter by currently enrolled students who themselves transferred to the UW. These courses are designed to assist students with the transition to the UW by conveying information about campus services, majors, and academic resources. TrIGs allow transfer students the opportunity to meet other students with the same academic interests.
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