Freshman A&O

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Freshman and Hybrid A&O are for students who have finished high school and are entering their first year of college. This may include international and Running Start students but does not include transfer students.

  • Step 1: Confirm Enrollment
  • Step 2: Orientation Overview
  • Step 3: Before You Reserve
  • Step 4: Make an A&O Reservation
  • Step 5: Orientation Preparation
  • Step 6: Programs to Consider
  • Step 7: FAQs

Step 1: Confirm Enrollment

Confirm Enrollment

Congratulations on being admitted to UW! Follow these steps to make sure you're ready for A&O.

NSEOF: To confirm your enrollment and be able to reserve your spot at A&O you must submit your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). Please visit the New Huskies website in order to accept your offer and pay. 

UW NetID: If you have not yet set up your UW NetID you will need this in order to sign in and reserve your spot at A&O. 

Forward your Email: Your UW NetID also serves as your UW email, simply add to the end of your NetID. Your confirmation email and all future communication regarding A&O and other university business will be sent to your UW email, so make sure you have forwarded your UW email to your personal email so you don't miss anything! 

Step 2: Orientation Overview

Orientation Overview

A&O is required and you are expected to attend the program in its entirety. A&Os will be offered from end of June through August. Specific dates will be available to you on Step 4. 

Three types of A&Os are available:  

2-Day On-Campus: For in-state, out-of-state, and international freshmen. 
Date availability is based on pre-major status, direct admission to a college or division (i.e. Foster School of Business, College of Engineering, Computer Science), and affilition with academic programs such as Interdisciplinary University Honors.

2-Day On-Campus for Early Fall Start (EFS): For out-of-state and international freshmen. 
Date availability is limited to EFS participants to help minimize the cost of travel to/from Seattle and is planned around Early Fall Start classes. 

Hybrid 1 Day Online/1 Day On-Campus: For international freshmen with document restrictions preventing arrival on campus earlier than September.
Date availability is based on pre-major status, direct admission to a college or division (i.e. Foster School of Business, College of Engineering, Computer Science), and affilition with academic programs such as Interdisciplinary University Honors.  Please plan travel accordingly to ensure arrival in time for your Part 2 on-campus in September. 

A&O Check-In and End Times

A&O Type

Check-In Time

End Time

Freshman Day 1

11:00 A.M. Check-In HUB North Ballroom 
11:30 A.M. Program Begins

5:30 P.M- 6:15 P.M.*

Freshman Day 2

General A&O: 8:00 A.M. HUB North Ballroom
EFS A&O: 12:30 P.M. HUB North Ballroom

5:00 P.M.

Hybrid A&O Part 1 Online

7:45 A.M. PST

10 A.M. PST

Hybrid A&O Part 2 On-Campus

8:00 A.M.

5:00 P.M.

*Students have the choice of attending an optional session to learn more about Greek Life from 5:45-6:15 p.m.

International and Veteran Students: Review your next steps handout (international and veteran) to learn more about your orientation process. 
Undocumented Students: Review this website to learn more about resources available to you.

If you are not able to attend a summer 2-day or Hybrid A&O session, please contact our office directly by calling 206-543-4905.


Step 3: Before You Reserve

Before You Reserve

While making your reservation you will be given the option to sign up for a few things. Please make sure you're ready to answer questions regarding the following topics:

Math Placement Testing (only available for 2-Day A&O): Interested in taking Math your first quarter? The testing charge will be added to your tuition account. Check-In for Math Placement Testing starts at 8:45 AM on Day 1 of the 2-Day A&O in Kane Hall. Check the placement test website or check your AP/IB scores for more infomation.

Student Overnight Accommodations (only available for 2-Day A&O): Overnight housing in the residence halls for student participants is available during A&O. It is optional. Any charges associated with overnight housing will be added to your tuition account. 

Parent Orientation: We also offer Parent Orientation on Day 2 of the 2-Day A&O program. Parent Orientation is optional, however, we strongly encourage parents to attend. You have the option to add up to 6 family members to your reservation.

Parent Overnight Accommodations: Overnight housing in the residence halls for parent participants is available during A&O. Parents will make this reservation separate of any student reservations.

Immunizations: All first-time, matriculated students must provide proof of immunity to certain diseases. Hall Health Center administers the UW Immunization Requirement program. Visit the UW Immunization Requirement website for instructions on how to submit the required UW form and any additional documentation.

Program Changes and Cancellation Policy: You can make changes to any part of your reservation, but you need to make sure you do it at least a week in advance to avoid any fees. Find out more on our cancellation policy page.


Step 4: Make an A&O Reservation

Make an A&O Reservation

A&O reservations are offered on a first-come first-serve basis and according to your premajor or direct admission to a college or major. Click the button below to enter the reservation system to see available dates.

Make a Reservation

(*Note - When you click on the link above, you'll be asked to input your UW NetId and password. Please enter just your NetId without "" Entering your entire email address will prevent you from accessing the system. If you have any questions, please call or email First Year Programs.)  

Reservation Release Schedule: Spaces for A&O will be released slowly so check back often for changes in session availability. Regardless of when a student attends A&O they will have access to register for courses that count toward graduation requirements. All scheduled space release dates will take place at 10:00 AM PST on the date listed below. 

March 1st - 10% of spaces available
March 15th - 25% of spaces available
April 2nd - 50% of spaces available 
May 1st - 90% of spaces available
May 10th - 100% of spaces available

Have feedback about the reservation process? We'd love to hear about it here.

Step 5: Orientation Preparation

Orientation Preparation

A&O Check-In and End Times

A&O Type

Check-In Time

End Time

Hybrid A&O Part 2 On-Campus

8:00 A.M. PDT
Kane Lobby

5:00 P.M. PDT

September 18 Freshman One-Day Program

7:45 A.M PDT

Kane Lobby

5:00 P.M. PDT

Makeup - Advising and Orientation View Times  View Times 

Agenda:  A&O is a packed day, come prepared to learn a lot.

Housing Accommodations (only available for 2-Day A&O): Review check-in times for overnight housing.

Math Placement Test:  We strongly encourage you to take the math placement sample test to practice

Chemistry Placement Test: The test is free and online. Take the test at least two business days for your score to be uploaded into the system. 

Traveling to Campus: Explore options for coming to campus. If traveling by car you can pay $15.00 per day to park in the Central Plaza Garage near Kane Hall. 

Parent Orientation: Parent orientation is on the second day of freshman orientation. Information can be found on our parent information website

U101: Check out the pre-orientation modules that we will give you access to online! All components will help prepare you for your session.

Required Paperwork Submitted: 

To Bring With You:

  • Government issue ID to take any placement tests and get your Husky Card. 
  • A bag and a pen for taking notes and carrying your materials around.
  • A refillable water bottle. 

Download the app BEFORE you come to campus: Use the New Huskies App to review your orientation schedule and more! 

A&O Schedule for Freshmen:

Step 6: Programs to Consider

Programs to Consider

Now that you are all set for your A&O, you should consider the following programs to enhance your transition. 

Health Insurance: Watch this optional webinar covering what new students need to know regarding health insurance. Watch and learn more on their website here.

Early Fall Start: Take a UW class about a month before autumn quarter begins and get comfortable with college life. Register by August 16, 2018 and learn more on their website here. 

International Student Send-offs: Are you joining us from abroad? Meet alumni, current and other incoming students at an send-off in your country! Details and more information will be posted in late Spring.

Freshman Study Abroad: Travel Writing in Rome: Spend two weeks in Rome and jumpstart your freshman year while exploring the difference between high school and college writing. Explore Rome, Italy with the faculty member Professor Shawn Wong while enhancing writing skills applicable to any major. You will gain five credits of required English Composition. REGISTER NOW TO HOLD YOUR SPOT- Scholarships are available.

UWild's First-Year Adventures (FYA): Forge new friendships, learn outdoor skills, and explore the Pacific North West with UWild’s First-Year Adventures (FYA). FYA offers a wide array of activities, from backpacking to mountaineering, kayaking to rock climbing. Trips are scheduled around the summer A&O schedule, so join us before or after a session and begin your time at UW with a little adventure. REGISTER NOW TO HOLD YOUR SPOT!



Step 7: FAQs


Does an earlier A&O date mean better class choices? There is no such thing as a "bad" date for A&O. Regardless of when a student attends; we guarantee access to a schedule with classes that count towards both full time status as well as graduation requirements. Advisers and current students will be available to help with suggestions and registration for classes throughout the entire summer. 

The A&O session I am interested in full, what are my options? Sessions open and close on a regular basis. If you are unable to get into the session you desire please continue to check back. We are not able to keep a waitlist. Do NOT make any travel arrangements until you have confirmed your reservation. 

What time are the seats released on the slow release dates? Seats will become available at 10:00 A.M. on each of the slow release dates.

March 1st - 10% of spaces available
March 15th - 25% of spaces available
April 2nd - 50% of spaces available 
May 1st - 90% of spaces available
May 10th - 100% of spaces available

I don't see a date listed as an option to select, does that mean it's full? All dates that are available at the time you are reserving your session will be listed for you on the Dates page of the reservation system. 

What time does A&O start and end and do I have to be present for both days? Day 1 begins at 11:00 A.M. and ends at 5:30-6:30 P.M.* and Day 2 begins at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M., and you must be present for the entirety of the program in order to be eligible to register for classes. 

*Students have the choice of attending an optional session to learn more about Greek Life from 5:45-6:30pm. 

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