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Welcome to your First Year Experience at UAS!

Fall 2017 Orientation will be held on Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th.

Whether you are new to college or transferring to UAS, we look forward to welcoming you and providing the support you need to reach your goals. Our Orientation goals are two-fold: to introduce you to resources that will support your success at UAS and to connect you to other people.

All new full-time students (12 credits or more, freshman, transfer, or exchange) are required to attend Orientation, although all students, regardless of credit level, are welcome. Fall orientation and Spring orientation are two-day events and cost $100. This charge will be placed on your student account.

Orientation is a great opportunitiy to kick off your first full year at UAS, identify important resources, and meet new people.

If you have a question about Orientation that is not answered on this page, please contact us at

Fall 2017 Schedule

Orientation is a two day event, with extra optional activities outside of mandatory sessions, often including performers, movies, etc. Plan for full days (8 a.m.–5 p.m.). We build some flexibility into our schedules to allow students to finish up admissions, course enrollment and financial aid tasks.

Friday, August 25, 2017

8 a.m.Check-In BeginsLakeside Grill, Mourant Building
8:30 a.m.Welcome to UAS!Egan Library, First Floor
9:30 a.m.Small Group BreakoutsEgan Classroom Wing
10 a.m.Small Group Campus Tour
11:30 a.m.LunchLakeside Grill, Mourant Building
12:30 p.m.Group Walk to Recreation CenterDepart from Lakeside Grill
12:55 p.m.Academic Breakout Session 1Recreation Center
1:30 p.m.Academic Breakout Session 2Recreation Center
2 p.m.Safety and Conduct at UASRecreation Center Gym
3 p.m.Orientation Group PhotoRecreation Center Gym
3:30–6 p.m.Completion Opportunities
6–7 p.m.Food with Faculty*Lakeside Grill, Mourant Building

Saturday, August 26, 2017

9 a.m.Check-In BeginsLakeside Grill, Mourant Building
9:10 a.m.Get Involved on Campus!Egan Library, First Floor
9:45 a.m.Involvement Breakout Session 1Egan Classrooms
10:15 a.m.Involvement Breakout Session 2Egan Classrooms
10:45 a.m.UAS Online ResourcesEgan Lecture Hall, EG 112
11:45 a.m.LunchLakeside Grill, Mourant Building
12:45 p.m.Group Walk to Don Statter HarborDepart from Lakeside Grill
1–4 p.m.Whalewatching Trip*
9 p.m.Survival is Insufficient: Escape Rooms*Egan Library

Sunday, August 27, 2017

10 a.m.John Pugh Hall Resident Mandatory MeetingJohn Pugh Hall Commons
Noon-4 p.m.Juneau Downtown Excursion*
9 p.m.Walk In Movie: Guardians 2*Noyes Pavilion

*These are optional activities.

What if I cannot attend every session?

We understand that some incoming students may have scheduling conflicts. Your goal should be to attend as much of Orientation as possible. There are not separate fees or fee reductions if you can only attend part of the event.

What should I bring?

Orientation is active, so be sure to dress comfortably and wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in. In Southeast Alaska, layers are always recommended. Be prepared for rain, as well.

What do I recieve at Orientation?

All Orientation participants receive a Swag bag when they check in - we like to kick off your student experience at UAS with tools that you'll find helpful and items that will help you show off your pride as a UAS student. Check out the items you'll receive when you start Orientation: 

  1. Cooler-Style bag that you can use to go grocery shopping
  2. Choice of Travel Mug or Aluminum Water Bottle
  3. Orientation Lanyard
  4. One Campus, One Book text for the year - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. UAS Notebook
  6. A copy of our UAS New Student Guide, which will help you navigate your UAS Experience

Getting to Juneau

Juneau is accessible by Ferry or by Air. To book travel to Juneau, visit the Alaska Marine Highway website (ferry) or book air travel to the Juneau International Airport.

UAS Juneau Campus Address

The Main UAS campus in Juneau is nestled between Auke Bay and Auke Lake. The main campus address is:
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

UAS Juneau Campus Map

map of the UAS Juneau campus is available for download in PDF form.

Campus Housing Shuttle

Move-in to Student Housing begins on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. On that same day only, transportation from both the ferry terminal and airport to Student Housing for new housing residents is available upon request. Returning housing residents who resided on campus Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 are not eligble for this shuttle service. To request transportation, please complete the following form.

Parent Orientation Sign-up

We are pleased to offer Parent/Guardian Orientation each fall! This is a great time for parents/guardians to meet staff and get questions answered. Parent Orientation for Fall 2017 will be on Friday, August 25th beginning at 8 am in the Glacier View Room of the Egan building (room 221). UAS will provide a light breakfast and full lunch. 

Please note: Student orientation is designed for students only, so parents who arrive on Orientation day will be directed to join Parent Orientation activities. Parents, guardians, and siblings are encouraged to explore our campus and community during the sessions while your student begins building new relationships with peers. 

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


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