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) 


Covid-19 and Remote Advising & Orientation

In line with local and state guidance, 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 fall quarter as much as possible and 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 spring and summer quarters.

Traveling to the UW: As of January 26, the CDC requires all air passengers traveling to the U.S. to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the U.S. If you have been fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine, you are still required to have a negative COVID-19 test before travel to the U.S. Currently, there is no vaccination requirement 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.

Review the CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and 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, 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 again after arriving in the U.S., the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Getting a Vaccine: Goveror Jay Inslee announced on March 31 that everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive one in Washington state starting April 15. We believe that unvaccinated students will be able to get vaccinated once they arrive at the UW.

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

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.