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View the UW's response to COVID-19. Our services and staff are available remotely and by phoneAdvising & Orientation sessions will remain in a remote platform through 2021. For more information, review our Remote Advising & Orientation Updates page. (updated 1/12/2021) 

Orientation

Covid-19 and Remote Advising & Orientation

In line with local and state guidelines, we have made the decision to facilitate A&O sessions remotely. 

University of Washington leadership has announced their intent to resume in-person instruction for the fall quarter as conditions allow. The University will continue to update the Coronavirus Information page as additional information and decisions are made. You can also review updates from the Back to School Task Force page as additional details will be posted there through the spring and summer quarters.

Vaccination Requirement: The University of Washington will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19  before the start of autumn quarter. Students should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines authorized by the United States, by the World Health Organization, or by other nations will meet this requirement. Learn additional information about the requirement.

Traveling to the UW: Follow CDC recommendations for air passengers traveling to the U.S. Explore requirements to apply for an F-1 visa or to travel to the U.S. Review International Student Services Coronavirus Information for F1 and J1 students for updates.

Get tested in WA 3-5 days after arriving in the U.S. If your port of entry is not Seattle, find a testing center near you. If you have been fully vaccinated prior to your travel, you do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the U.S. If you have not been vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for a full 7 days after arriving in the U.S. even if you have a negative COVID test. If you do not get tested after arriving in the U.S., the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Living on Campus: UW Housing and Food Services has additional Covid-19 information for on-campus residents. For the most up-to-date information and announcements, review CDC guidelines before traveling. Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 page for more information about local, state, and city travel recommendations and requirements.     

Remote A&O: While the format may be different from other years, the goals of Advising & Orientation remain the same. After attending A&O, you will have registered for classes, discovered campus resources, and started to make connections with the UW community.

  • After reserving your remote A&O, you will receive access to complete the Online Pre-A&O Modules on your own time. Make sure you complete these modules before attending your remote A&O session.
  • During your remote A&O, current students (also known as Orientation Leaders), will lead you through discussions and activities with academic advisers and campus experts, while being on hand to give advice and answer your questions. 

Please select your session type to view additional session-specific information. For further questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.