Welcome to the UW

Orientation is your first step to success at the University of Washington.

Review the information for all students, then begin the reservation process according to your status.

For All Students

Advising and Orientation (A&O) is offered the start of each quarter and is designed to prepare you for the UW. All new students (transfer and freshman) are required to attend an A&O in order to enroll for their first quarter.

At an A&O you can expect to:

  • Meet with faculty, advisers, and other campus leaders.
  • Create your course schedule and register for classes.
  • Learn how you can customize your education and open up future career opportunities with more than 180 fields of study.
  • Experience UW traditions, wayfind campus, and attend workshops to get an inside look of life at a world-class university.
  • Learn about the exciting leadership and involvement opportunities that await you.

University 101 is a self-guided course designed to prepare you for your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. U101 must be completed before your A&O session. We recommend beginning U101 at least 2 weeks prior to your A&O session

Don't forget to activate or forward your UW email. If you experience technical difficulties do not hesitate to email us at fyp@uw.edu

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The UW offers on-campus placement tests in mathematics, chemistry, and more.

Freshman - Math placement tests are the only tests offered in conjunction with on-campus A&O sessions. 

Transfers - Math placement tests will not be available during your A&O session. Check with the Testing Center for more information.

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Meet the Orientation Leaders (OLs) who will guide you through your A&O.

Meet Your OL

Whether you are coming via airplane, train, or bus, we can help you find your way to the UW. 

Need help planning your commute to campus? Get a personalized commute plan from the Commute Options team! Learn more at their website or call 206-221-3701 from M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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Do I have to attend A&O? Yes, A&O is required for all students. If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, please contact us immediately at fyp@uw.edu. 

Can my friend join me at A&O? No, A&O is designed for new students only. Come prepared to meet other new huskies! 

Are parents required to attend Parent Orientation? Parent Orientation is not required but encouraged especially if this is your first student attending the UW. 

What if I am late or have to leave early from my A&O? Please contact us immediately at fyp@uw.edu, it is possible you will have to reschedule your A&O. 

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Have you already reserved an A&O session?

You can review and make changes to your reservation at any time.

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Religious holidays

First Year Programs recognizes the observation of religious holidays. If a holiday you observe falls on a date of one of our programs, please contact our office directly regarding your attendance.

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