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New Student Orientation - Juneau Campus

Orientation Mission

The UAS Orientation mission is to assist new students in making a successful transition, academically and socially, into the UAS culture and community.

Orientation Goals and Objectives

The goals of New Student Orientation are:

1. Relationships: for students to begin to cultivate meaningful relationships with members of the UAS community (i.e. advisors, mentors, student life professionals, faculty members, other upper-class students, and fellow first-year 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.

Orientation Options

Fall Orientation consists of a 2 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 don't hesitate to 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

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.

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

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. The full schedule will be posted when determined... be sure to check back.

Post Orientation Activities

Hiking, beachcombing, exploring Juneau – these opportunities and more will be planned the weekend after Orientation. More information will be provided as we get closer to the end of August.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to 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 27th, 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 child send their documents, test scores and official transcripts?

For all UAS programs, please mail documents and transcripts to:

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

2. I am an alum of the University of Alaska, can my child receive resident tuition?

Yes, dependent children of a person who holds an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from any of the University of Alaska campuses are eligible for resident tuition.

3. How does my child qualify for WUE tuition?

To qualify for WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) 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 Office of Admissions for more details at (907) 796-6100 or email

4. How does my child apply for financial aid?

The first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and visit our financial aid Web site at or call the UAS 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.

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

No, however it is recommended. You can provide your child with last year's tax information or an estimate of your tax information, however you will be required to provide current tax information in order for your child's FAFSA to be complete.

6. How does my child apply for UAS scholarships?

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 child need to take placement tests?

Only students who have no previous college level mathematics or English credits need to take the 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 child is not in Juneau, Ketchikan or Sitka, how can they take placement tests?

Prospective UA 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 child's Student ID number?

Once your child'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 do not have 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 child's tuition?

You can pay for your child'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 child 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 student's to sign themselves up for Orientation. Often times if parents sign their child up for Orientation, the child is not aware of it,  the child submits one also, or the form does not have complete information listed.

You can always remind your child to sign up for Orientation, or complete the sign up together, which can be done online.

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 child's grades?

Students can view their grades after the semester is over in UAOnline.

Students do not have 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.
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 Thursday, January 8, 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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