Come prepared to Advising & Orientation! Please review and complete the following information:
After you have made your reservation for a specific A&O session, you are required to complete the Online Pre-A&O Modules before attending your A&O session. Please complete these modules at least 72 hours prior to your A&O session so advisers and other presenters have time to review your responses. Any technological device can be used to access the online Pre-A&O modules.
The modules will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete and are designed to give you foundational information about the concepts you will be exploring during A&O. Information will be communicated through videos, written content, diagrams, external links, and reflection questions.
Select the link below to begin the online modules. You may start the course and come back to finish it at any time. However, please complete a full module before signing off. Work will only be saved after completing the quizzes at the end of each module.
Registration Resources & Navigating Technology gives you an overview of how to register for classes during A&O.
To fully participate at Remote A&O you will need a laptop or desktop computer to navigate between several documents. Review our Technology Instructions for A&O to learn more about the technology and supplies needed during your A&O as well as detailed Zoom instructions.
You will not be able to use a Chromebook due to the limitations that prevent you from joining breakout rooms in Zoom required for small group discussion. Read more about Breakout Room Limitations to make sure that your device is compatible. If you have a Chromebook, please use a different computer/laptop or request a device from UW's Student Technology Loan Program. Please submit your request as soon as possible, preferably at least 20 days before your scheduled A&O.
How to Request:
Please Note: For access to technology throughout the academic school year, you will need to complete a separate request before the start of the quarter.
If you are looking to request disability accommodations for the academic school year outside of Advising & Orientation, please go to the UW's Disability Resource for Students' "getting started" website for more information. Students with temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities may be eligible to work with the office to establish appropriate services for the individual.
Please begin this process as soon as possible to allow ample time for your application to be processed by the Disability Resource for Students (DRS) office. We recommend that you begin at least 30 business days before the start of the academic quarter.
To determine if you need to take a placement test for math, chemistry, world language, or music history and theory, please review the following website: Placement Testing and Academic Planning.
The Chemistry Placement test is offered online and must be completed before registering for Chemistry 110, 120, 142, or 143. The exam is free and online. Students wanting Chem 110 or 120 simply need to take the test--- there is no minimum score requirement. Students wanting Chem 142 or 143 must pass the test (score of 11 or better out of 26).
Students with credit for Chem 110 or equivalent from a community college do not need to take the placement test in order to register for Chem 142 or 143. Students with Chem AP of 1 or higher also do not need to take the placement test in order to register for Chem 142 or 143.
There are two different kinds of language test available to students: placement tests (which help to determine which class level is most appropriate for a given student's existing abilities) and proficiency tests (tests that, if passed, allow a student to have the language requirement for their degree waived entirely).
The Humanities Division encompasses 41 different languages taught at the University of Washington. To learn more about how to take placement or proficiency exams in their target language should consult the Humanities Academic Services: https://hasc.washington.edu/language-testing
The Math Guided Self-Placement (GSP) is encouraged for those that wish to enroll in Math 111, Math 120, or Math 124. Guided Self-Placement is free and online. The GSP will be available to students beginning June 2020. For more information about whether or not to take the GSP, view the link above under "Do I need to take a placement test".
Refer back to the Huskies Must Do List to complete any additional items that you may need to complete.
International Students: View the Huskies Must Do List to sign up for a mandatory embark session and complete additional items before attending the UW.
Upload your immunization information before you before you start the quarter.
You will receive a link a few days before your A&O session inviting you to upload your Husky ID card photo. Please check your UW email.
If you have a U.S. address, we will send the card to you in the mail along with a few pieces of Husky swag 4-6 weeks after your Advising & Orientation session. If you have an address outside of the U.S. we will hold your card (and Husky swag) in our office until you arrive on campus. If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: To upload your picture you will need a government-issued photo ID. If you do not have a government-issued photo ID, you need to submit three documents: birth certificate, social security card, and another form of photo ID such as a high school ID. The other option would be to wait until you arrive on campus.
If your photo is rejected, please upload a new photo as soon as possible. If you are unable to upload a new photo, you will be able to pick up your card and/or take a new photo when you arrive on campus.
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