We know you have lot of questions about orientation. Hopefully this page will help you out. If we did not answer your question here, please contact us at otp@uw.edu or 425.352.5266.

General Information

Just like when you start a new job, you will be required to attend some kind of orientation. It is at orientation where you will learn about the campus culture, where things are located around campus, what resources and services are available to you, and where you can get tips on what it takes to be successful at the University of Washington Bothell. This is your time to get acclimated to the campus before you are hit with classes and homework! It is also your time to meet new people. At orientation, you will connect with a cohort of other new students that will soon be the friends you will study with and hang-out with when you are not in class. You will also connect with an Orientation Leader that will be assigned to you for your first quarter at UW Bothell.

Transfer students will be able to register for classes after attending an Advising & Orientation Program. First year students will be able register after Advising Appointment. Advising appointments will be scheduled once you complete both your online Orientation (UWB 101) and your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session.

Your Husky Card is your student identification card. To learn more about getting your Husky Card, please visit Husky Card Services.

Peer Coaches are assigned to all incoming first-year students. They are very excited to work with you! You will meet them for the first time at your Advising & Orientation session.

General A&O

Do I need to attend A&O?

Yes. Advising & Orientation is required of all first-year and transfer undergraduate students (not required for graduate, exchange, post-baccalaureate, re-admits, or online integrated social sciences students). A failure to attend a full A&O session will result in a hold being placed on your course registration.

What if I am late or have to leave early from my A&O?

Please contact us immediately at otp@uw.edu or call at 425-352-5266. You will likely have to attend another A&O to make up the information you missed before you can register for classes.

When do I pay the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)?

The $370 NSEOF is paid as part the first quarter tuition.

What does the NSEOF cover?

The NSEOF supports orientation and transition programs designed specifically to set students up for success. These programs include Advising & Orientation (A&O), Welcome Week, Husky+, First Year Coaching Program, Husky Adventures, Living-Learning Communities, and New Student Networks. For more information, please visit the NSEOF page.

Should my parent/family members come to the A&O with me?

No, the Advising & Orientation sessions are designed just for students. Parent and family members are encouraged to attend one of the Parent & Family Orientation session

What should I do to prepare for my A&O?

Visit our Next Steps page to find out how to prepare for your Advising & Orientation session.


Yes. Students attending earlier A&O sessions will have a wider variety of courses. However, regardless of when a student attends A&O, we guarantee access to a schedule with courses that count towards full time status as well as graduation requirements. Advisers and current students will be available for questions about registration throughout the entire summer.

To change your A&O date, please visit the A&O registration website. Note, that A&O registration locks 2 weeks before each session. If it is within that two-week period you will need to contact our office to be removed from that session. You cannot be added to an A&O once the session is locked.