First Year Advising & Orientation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 or 425.352.5266.

What will I be doing at Orientation?
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 UW Bothell culture, where things are located on 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.  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. 

I am a student with special needs, who do I contact to make accommodations?
Contact the Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS)
Phone: 425.352.5307, TDD: 425.352.5303 or FAX: 425.352.5114

When do I register for my classes?
You will register for your Autumn classes at the end of your Orientation session.

What will my parents do during Orientation?
Students and families will each have a specific orientation session to attend. Parent Orientations take place separate from the First Year Advising & Orientation. Attending college is often one of the first steps into adulthood. Part of this transition is making some of these important decisions on your own. Unlike high school, the responsibility will more readily fall on the student for making these decisions. We have created sessions for parents to assist their students in their transition to college and adulthood. The Parent Orientation Program is designed to address the specific questions that parents have.  Parents will learn about the many resources and services as well as the logistics of financial aid and paying tuition. In addition, parents will get tips on how they can support their student while they face the rigors of a university education. 

What if my family/parents can not attend Orientation?
No worries, it is not mandatory for families to attend. Orientation simply helps to answer some of their questions.

When do I get my Husky Card?
Your Husky Card is your student identification card. You will get your Husky Card at your Orientation program.  Please remember to bring a government issued photo ID.

Who is my Orientation Leader and how do I contact them?
The Orientation Leaders (OL) are very excited to work with you! Your OL will be contacting you in the Spring to make sure you are registered to attend an Orientation.  You will meet them for the first time at your Orientation session.  


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Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Office: UW1 Welcome Desk
18115 Campus Way NE
Box 358555
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Phone: 425.352.5266
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