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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 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 one day Orientation for new students, and an e-Orientation for new e-Learning 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).

Student Orientation Spring 2015

Full-Time Students are required to attend Orientation. The cost to attend Spring Orientation is $50 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 they sign-up. This fee covers materials, activities and food during the day of Orientation.

We encourage new students to take care of any unfinished enrollment needs before Orientation. This includes:

  • Registering or making changes to your schedule;
  • Paying for your classes;
  • Purchasing books;
  • Obtaining your UAS Whale card;

Orientation Schedule

- Subject to Change-

Friday January 9th, 2015

8:30 amCheck-in, coffee & juice (full breakfast available for purchase at 8am)Mourant Lakeside Grill
MorningWelcome and IntroductionsMourant Lakeside Grill
 Information SessionsEG 109
12:00 pmLunch (provided)Recreaton Center
AfternoonCultural ActivityRecreation Center

Glacier Tour (Dress for the weather. Transportation provided)

Mendenhall Glacier
3:30 pmBus drop off at UASMain Campus
6:00 pmWelcome Back BonfireNoyes Pavilion

Saturday January 10th, 2015 - Optional Activities (Yet to be determined, check back for updates)

Orientation FAQs


1. How long is Orientation?

Spring Orientation is one day, typically starting at 9:00 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?

No. Parent Orientation is only offered in the Fall, although we would be happy to answer any questions parents may have.
Orientation Sign-up

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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