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To begin your first year at the University of Washington, you will need to attend an Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. A&O is required of all new undergraduate students and it is where you will be introduced to academics, student life, and extracurricular opportunities. 

Orientation for New Admits

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

FIGs help new students find their way at UW through connection and bulding intentional learning communities. Offered during Autumn Quarter, FIGs are made up of clusters of classes tied to a GEN ST 199 course, a seminar facilitated by peer instructors that focuses on adjusting and finding both social and academic success at UW.

Learn about FIGS

Dawg Daze

Join in on the fun at one of the nation's largest welcome weeks! Connect, explore, and get involved. View a list of all events, along with a list of family events, on the Dawg Daze website.

Get Ready for Dawg Daze

Fast Facts

FYP hires over 400 student leaders50% of freshmen join a FIG