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New Student Orientation - Juneau Campus

The mission of Orientation is to assist new students in making a successful academic and social transition into the UAS community.

Goals and Objectives

1. Relationships: for students to begin to cultivate meaningful relationships with members of the UAS community (professors, advisors, mentors, student life professionals, peer advisors, upperclass students, and fellow new students).

2. Academic Processes: to orient students to UAS academic processes such as reading a class schedule, understanding University terminology, and navigating University online systems and software.

3. Campus Facilities and Services: to orient students to buildings and facilities on the main campus as well as student support services.


Fall Orientation consists of a two day Orientation for students registered for 12 credits or more, a half day Orientation for parents of new college students, and an e-Orientation for new distance students.

Spring Orientation consists of a half day Orientation for new students, and an e-Orientation for new distance students.


If you have any questions regarding Juneau Orientation, please contact us at (907) 796-6000 or toll free at 1-877-465-4827 ext. 6000. We look forward to seeing you!

1. I have applied for admission, am I enrolled?

No, in order to be enrolled you need to complete the admissions process and register for classes. Once you are officially admitted and have registered for classes, you will be enrolled at UAS.

2. Do I have to wait to be admitted before I can register?

No, you can register before you are officially admitted to a degree program at UAS. However, you will not be able to receive financial aid until you are officially admitted to a degree program.

3. Do I have to apply for admissions just to take a class?

No, UAS is an open enrollment institution. This means that anyone can take a class at UAS as long as they meet the pre-requisites for the course.

4. Why do I have an advising hold on my account?

All new students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes. Meeting with your advisor does not have to be in person, it could be over the phone, through Skype, or even by email.

5. What if I can't get a hold of my advisor to register?

If you are unable to reach your advisor, you can always contact the School's program coordinator or the general advising centers.

UAS Schools:

  • School of Arts & Sciences: 907-796-6090
  • School of Career Education: 907-796-6120
  • School of Education: 907-796-6424
  • School of Management: 907-796-6402

UAS General Advising:

  • Juneau Student Resource Center: 907-796-6000
  • Ketchikan Advising Center: 907-228-4508
  • Sitka Student Success Center: 907-747-7703

6. What do I do if I need special accommodations?

If you need special accommodations for your classes, you simply need to work with our Disability Services.

7. Can I register online?

Yes, after you have been working with your advisor they can set your permissions so that you can register online.

If you are a returning student (with no holds) or a non-degree seeking student you can also register online.

8. Should I register before my transfer credits have been transferred?

It depends. Typically the reason students wait until they have their official transfer evaluation done is so that they do not repeat any classes that transferred from their prior institution.

If you have met with your advisor and you have an unofficial transfer evaluation you should have an idea of what classes you have already completed and be able to register for classes at UAS.

9. Do I have to attend Orientation?

It depends on if you are a degree seeking student, registered for classes, and where you are located.

The Orientation at the Juneau Campus is required for all new students who are registered for 12 credits or more, regardless if you are a freshmen or transfer student. A mandatory fee will be placed on your account approximately one month before classes begin if you are required to attend Orientation.

The Ketchikan and Sitka Orientation programs are optional.

For more information, please visit our Orientation website.

10. When should I purchase my books?

You should purchase your books after you have registered for classes (and if you are not making any changes to your schedule).

If you are ordering your books online, make sure you allow enough time between your order date and delivery date, so that your books arrive prior to classes starting.

11. Do I have to get my books through the UAS Bookstore/MBS?

No, you do not have to purchase your books through the UAS Bookstore or MBS (online bookstore for all UAS distance classes).

Gain Your Bearing and Chart Your Course to Success!

Fall 2012 Orientation group

New Student Orientation for the UAS Juneau Campus will be held Thursday August 27 and Friday August 28, 2015.

Full-Time students are required to attend Orientation. The cost to attend Fall Orientation is $100 and will be billed to your student account automatically for new admitted students who are registered for 12 or more credits. Students registered for less than 12 credits will be billed after you sign-up. This fee covers materials, activities and food during Orientation.

Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation is intended to get you familiar with campus and how to navigate the resources available to you at UAS. We strongly recommend you take care of any unfinished enrollment needs prior to attending Orientation. Please check back for a full schedule.

Post Orientation Activities

Hiking, beachcombing, exploring Juneau – these opportunities and more will be planned the weekend after Orientation. Orientation staff will provide more information towards the end of August.

If you have questions, please contact us at (907) 796-6000 or email We look forward to seeing you!

Orientation FAQs


1. How long is Orientation?

Fall Orientation runs for three days, typically starting at 8:00 am and ending in the early afternoon with activities in the evening.

2. I attended events on campus with my high school, should I still come to Orientation?

Yes! If you came to UAS with your high school for an event, you may be familiar with campus already, however now you are starting your first semester at UAS. You will meet other new students, and receive lots of valuable information about starting your classes. The campus tour is optional, so if you have already toured campus you can definitely opt out of that session.

3. Is there a parent orientation?

Yes. View the "For Parents" tab above for more information on Fall parent orientation.
Orientation Sign-up

Information regarding the Orientation schedule and reminders will be sent to the email you provide.

Fall 2015 Parent Orientation

Parents, will you be on campus helping your student get settled into life at UAS this fall? UAS is pleased to offer Parent Orientation on Thursday August 27, 2015.

Parent Orientation is designed to answer any questions you may have about your son or daughter starting at UAS, as well as meet other parents with similar concerns. If you would like to join us for Parent Orientation, please fill out the Parent Orientation Sign-up form.

For questions, please contact at 907-796-6000 or by email at

Parent Orientation Schedule

(check back for the parent orientation schedule)

Parent Orientation FAQs


1. Where should my student send their documents, test scores and official transcripts?

University of Alaska Southeast
Admissions Office
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

2. How can my student qualify for in-state tuition?

To qualify for Alaska resident tuition, your student must be physically present in Alaska for two years prior to the published first day of instruction for the semester in which they apply and declare the intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely.

A dependent child (one who is unmarried, younger than age 24, and financially dependent on his/her parent or guardian) will be considered a resident for tuition purposes if he or she has a parent or guardian that qualifies as a current Alaska resident.

Dependent children of alumni who have received an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree from the University of Alaska also qualify for resident tuition.

Others eligible for resident tuition include, active duty military, their spouses and dependents, and residents of Sister Cities as approved by the Board of Regents.

Contact the Admissions Office for more details at (907) 796-6100 or

3. How can my student qualify for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition?

To qualify for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition rates, the student must be a resident in one of the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Please note that not all programs are eligible for WUE tuition. Students must attach a WUE Tuition Request to their application for admission requesting to be admitted under the WUE program.  

Students declared as WUE students are not eligible for resident tuition rates.

Contact the Admissions Office for more details at (907) 796-6100 or

4. I am an alum of the University of Alaska, can my child receive in-state tuition?

Yes, a dependent child of a person who holds an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from any University of Alaska campus is eligible for resident tuition.

5. Do I have to do my taxes before my child completes the FAFSA?

Your child can provisionally submit the FAFSA using an estimate of your tax information, or last year's tax information. Once you have completed your current taxes, your child can update their FAFSA and resubmit it. 

6. How do students apply for UAS scholarships?

The first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and visit the Financial Aid website or call the Financial Aid office at (907) 796-6255 for more information and scholarship deadlines.

UAS participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Student Loan, and Federal Work-Study programs in addition to state loan, and grant programs. Most aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Some scholarships, however, are based on academic potential and performance.

The deadline for merit-based UAS scholarships is February 15th.

To apply for need-based programs, students should contact the Financial Aid office.

To begin the process for UAS scholarship, there are two portions, the first is through UAOnline and the second is through the UAS Financial Aid website. Please visit the Financial Aid website for step by step instructions.

If you have any questions please contact the Financial Aid office at (907) 796-6255 or toll free at 1-877-465-4827 ext. 6255.

7. Does my student need to take placement tests?

Before meeting with an academic advisor and registering for classes, incoming students who have not passed college level math or English courses need to take placement tests. Placement tests are available on all three campuses, and by distance as well. For more information on the placement tests, visit the Learning & Testing Center website.

8. My student is not in Juneau, Ketchikan or Sitka, how can they take placement tests?

Prospective students wishing to take a placement test in a location other than their campus of enrollment need to find a proctor (not a family member or friend) in their area and then follow the procedure for setting up a remote placement test according to the campus they plan on attending. Follow the link for campus of enrollment:

10. What is my student's ID number?

Once your student's application for admission is processed, they will be given a student ID number that will enable them to access UAOnline where they can check on the status of their application, as well as apply for UA Scholarships.

Students are not obligated to share their UAS information with their parents or guardians.

Students may give permission to UAS to release any of their education record information, however they must complete an Education Record Information Release form and submit it with a copy of their government issued ID.

11. How do I pay for my student's tuition?

You can pay for your student's tuition over the phone by contacting Student Accounts at (907) 796-6267. Please have your student's information ready.

12. How do I sign my student up for Orientation?

UAS Offers both a Fall and Spring Orientation program on the Juneau and Ketchikan campuses. Orientation is required for all new degree seeking students who are registered for 12 credits or more. We encourage students to sign up at the UAS Orientation webpage.

13. Is there a parent Orientation?

There is a parent Orientation offered during the Fall Orientation on the Juneau campus.

14. How can I check my student's grades?

Students are not obligated to share their UAS information with their parents or guardians.

Students may give permission to UAS to release any of their education record information, however they must complete an Education Record Information Release form and submit it with a copy of their government issued ID.

15. Can an Admissions Representative visit our school?

Yes! UAS Admissions Representatives travel all over the state of Alaska and in the Lower 48. Please complete a Representative Visit Request form, or contact the Admissions Office at (907) 796-6069 or   

16. A group of our students will be in Juneau for an event. Can we visit campus?

Yes! We would be happy to set up a campus visit for any high school student or group that will be in Juneau. Please fill out a Group Visit Request form, or contact the Admissions Office at (907) 796-6069 or email
Parent Orientation Sign-up

Information regarding the Orientation schedule and reminders will be sent to the email you provide.

Campus Housing Move-in and Transportation

Move-in to Student Housing begins on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8 am. On that same day, transportation from both the ferry terminal and airport to Student Housing for housing residents is available upon request. To request transportation, please complete the following form.


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