Advising & Orientation will be delivered in a hybrid format to honor the complex needs of students and campus departments. This model provides a scaffolded approach to onboarding and transition for new incoming students. The hybrid model includes a three-part process using the following format:
Review the pages below to review information about the program.
Students: All first-year students are required to attend Advising & Orientation. By participating in A&O, you will:
- Identify campus resources to assist your transition to the UW
- Meet with an academic adviser to begin registering for courses, interact with faculty, staff, and the community
- Understand academic and community expectations at the UW
The Advising & Orientation focus areas include the following:
- A&O Part 1: Setting the Foundation (self-guided, asynchronous)
- Focus: Completing University requirements through the First-Year Checklist (e.g. Code of Conduct, Alcohol module, Hazing, Immunization, COVID-19 vaccine, Title IX ). This includes the Pre-A&O Session course, enabling students' understanding of how the university is structured and increasing knowledge about critical resources for the first year.
- A&O Part 2: Academic Identity, Transition, and Registration (Live in Zoom, synchronous)
- Focus: Day-long sessions centered on Academic advising connections, faculty and student expectations, and exploring resources with new students and UW peer leaders.
- During the summer, students can come to campus and register for in-person Husky Hangouts every Wednesday, led by UW students and departments.
- A&O Part 3: Community Connections during Dawg Daze (on-campus, in-person)
- Focus: Small group meetings with Orientation Leaders, identifying tools for academic success, understanding campus history and traditions, and engaging with campus resources.
Before school begins, In addition to Advising & Orientation, students have the opportunity to engage in two additional transitional programs:
- New Husky Experiences (in-person and online webinars in the summer)
- Focus: Wayfinding and connections to the physical UW campus, decision-making, relationships with Orientation Leaders, live webinars, transfer panels, regional connection groups, and peer leader meet-ups.
- Welcome Week: Dawg Daze/Winter Welcome (in-person right before the quarter begins)
- Focus: Events to encourage students to connect, explore and get involved in the UW Community.
What we learned about shifting to remote delivery for A&O:
- Most first-year students enter the UW and need more certainty of a significant or guaranteed academic pathway. Students are navigating a maze of majors, and A&O must ensure that students understand how to navigate and help students identify their educational plans.
- We expect COVID-19 and its variants to fluctuate for the next few years. Because of this, we will plan to provide various program delivery methods.
- We have experienced success and will continue to be innovative in providing meaningful interactions and support to students in a virtual space.
- The virtual environment has allowed for deeper one-on-one conversations with students and the ability to seek help and discuss their specific and unique circumstances, focusing less on general information that may not apply to all students.
- We can group students in a cohort of first-year students beginning in the summer through Dawg Daze to increase a sense of belonging and community.
The FYP team had several focused conversations and discussed a variety of factors that influenced our decision to move forward with the formats outlined above. Additionally, we asked for input from campus stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, and administrators). We recognize that the remote environment poses unique challenges for students given their circumstances, but we also believe the benefits of this format will support student success in our current environment. We considered the following factors:
- Student Experience Considerations
- Campus Partner Experience
- Advisor 10 and 11-month appointments.
- Access to housing for student staff.
- Administrative Logistics
- Room reservations and active learning classroom availability during the summer quarter.
A primary component of Advising and orientation includes students registering for their first quarter classes.* Academic advisers are critical partners in facilitating sessions and are responsible for staffing the appointments. In the spring, summer, and autumn of 2022, we consulted explicitly with the following units to discuss modality delivery of the A&O one and two-day sessions.
- Arts & Sciences: College Advising
- College of Engineering: Advising & Retention
- Foster School of Business: Undergraduate Programs
- Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering: Studnet Services
- Student Life: Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange
- The Information School: Informatics Academic Advising
- The UW Honors Program - Student Services
- Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity: Academic Counseling
- Undergraduate Academic Affairs: Undergraduate Advising
- Undergraduate Academic Affairs: Deans Office
- Undergraduate Academic Affairs: EEP and UW Academy
FYP will continue to consult with departments and, if warranted, can shift modality (given 1-2 years of time). FYP will continue to assess what students need in their transition to UW.
*Survey results indicated a 16% increase in students who registered for a majority or all of their classes after attending an A&O Session (66% - 2019; 82% - 2022).
- Individualized support
- After A&O sessions, Orientation Leaders engaged with, on average, over 1,100 (20%) of students who wanted to meet individually to discuss time management, study, skills, academic support, and making friends/meeting people.
- From 2020 to the present, Orientation Leaders maintained text messaging reply rates from 50%-70% for the welcome and in-session messages. The standard reply rate is 30%.
- Technology access
- Of the 8,878 students with A&O reservations in 2021, 89% (7909) stated they had a reliable internet connection;
- 13 students stated they DID NOT have access to a reliable internet connection, smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, or a laptop or desktop computer.
- 92% of our U.S. Transfer and Freshman students opted into text messaging to receive follow-up communication from FYP, Orientation Leaders, and advising units
- Pre-A&O module completion
- In 2022 100% of students who attended A&O completed the Pre-A&O modules, which was a 3% increase from previous years.
- Changing landscape for Transfers
- The transfer student profile remains strong but must continue to be focused. FYP continued to support transfer students moving directly into a major and meeting with departmental advisers during their transition to UW.
- Campus partner survey responses about A&O session format (Autumn 2021, n=59)
- FR U.S. 2-Day - 43% Remote/Online; 37% No Pref; 20% In-Person
- FR INTL 2-Day - 43% Remote/Online; 48% No Pref; 9% In-Person
- TR 1-Day - 49% Remote/Online; 31% No Pref; 20% In-Person
- These trends are consistent with WIN/SPR/SUM admit A&O preferences
- First-year Experience Student Survey responses about A&O session format (Spring 2022, n-710)
- Pre-A&O Module Information - 75% Remote/Online; 11% No Pref; 14%% In-Person
- Summer/Winter A&O Session - 28% Remote/Online; 26% No Pref; 46% In-Person
- Dawg Daze/Welcome Week - 5% Remote/Online; 9% No Pref; 89% In-Person
- Course registraiton data
- From 2019 to 2022 - Survey results indicated a 16% increase in students who registered for a majority or all of their classes after attending an A&O Session (66% - 2019; 82% - 2022).
- 2022- 82.5% Majority or all classes/ 13.9% At least 1 class/ 3.7 % No classes (n=4297)
- Top reason students could not register "courses were closed", and close second "ran out of time"
- 2021- 72.5% Majority or all classes/ 20.9 At least 1 class/ 6.6 % No classes (n=5368)
- Top reason students could not register, courses were closed"
- 2020 - 75.6% Majority or all classes/ 18.1 At least 1 class/ 6% No classes (n=3012)
- Top reason students could not register, "courses were closed"
- 2019 - 66.7% Majority or all classes/ 25.9% At least 1 class/ 7% No classes (n=5716)
- Top reason students could not register, "did not have enough time"
- Areas of focus
- Campus resources, specifically dining services, on-campus employment, & transportation services
- Learning financial resources
- Family Orientation
- Increased participant diversity and broadened access to the Family Orientation program by 57% after shifting the program format from an in-person conference to a self-guided, multimodal, multilingual orientation.
Transitioning to a university is a unique process when assessing the advising/registration and co-curricular priorities. The chart represents a list of Pac-12 schools and their orientation modality.
- Virtual (Live) = synchronous session with a specific date
- Virtual (Self-Guided) = asynchronous session, no date, completed on your own time
- In-Person = on-campus with a specific date
- Hybrid = one-day on campus focused on transition and one-day virtual focused on registration/advising
- Summer = majority of sessions take place in the summer
- Fall = no sessions in the summer, the majority of sessions take place a few days before school begins
Pac-12 Institutions When does Orientation take place? Modality When do students register for classes? University of Arizona Summer Virtual (Live) During Orientation (Virtual) Arizona State University Fall Virtual (Self-Guided) During Orientation (Virtual) University of California, Berkeley Fall In-Person Before Orientation (Virtual) University of California, Los Angeles Summer In-Person During Orientation (In-Person) University of Colorado, Boulder Summer Virtual (Self-Guided) During Orientation (Virtual) University of Oregon Summer Hybrid Before Orientation (Virtual) Oregon State University Summer In-Person & Virtual (Self-Guided) During Orientation (In-Person) University of Southern California Summer Hybrid Before Orientation (Virtual) Stanford University Fall In-Person During Orientation (In-Person) University of Utah Summer In-Person During Orientation (In-Person) University of Washington Summer Virtual (Live) During Orientation (Virtual) Washington State University Summer Model In-Person During Orientation (In-Person)
Other Institutions When does Orientation take place? Modality When do students register for classes? Ohio State University Summer In-Person During Orientation (In-Person) Purdue University Summer Virtual (Live) During Orientation (Virtual) Eastern Washington University Summer In-person + One Virtual Before Orientation (Virtual) Western Washington Universtiy Fall In-person Before Orientation (Virtual) UW Bothell Summer Hybrid After Orientation (Virtual) UW Tacoma Fall In-Person Before Orientation (Virtual)
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First Year Programs fosters a successful undergraduate student experience through strategic programming that focuses on positive academic transitions and the development of learning communities. Through partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders our programs create the space for students to define how they will engage, learn, and thrive at the University of Washington.