View the UW's response to COVID-19. Our services and staff are available remotely and by phone. Because of the on-going situation, Advising & Orientation sessions have moved to a remote platform. For more information, view our Remote Advising & Orientation Updates page. (updated 5/6/2020) 

First Year Programs

Mandatory Advising & Orientation (A&O) Attendance

The University of Washington requires all first-year (freshman, international, and transfer) undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolling on the Seattle campus for the first time to attend a full Advising & Orientation session. The A&O requirement must be completed for a student to be eligible to register for classes. Students who do not complete all aspects of the A&O session will have a registration hold placed on their student account and be required to attend another session. Parents, friends or family members may not participate instead of the student.

Students have the opportunity to reserve a session date before the quarter begins. Students should choose an A&O session date that does not conflict with events.