Frequently Asked Questions

A full-day extended orientation program allows you to connect in-person with your academic unit, campus resources, current and incoming students!

No, Destination Arizona is a free and optional program for all incoming Spring semester students. We hope to see you there!

We are excited to welcome students in-person! Destination Arizona will be taking place in the Student Union Memorial Center, North and South Ballrooms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

This is an all-day event, so please dress comfortably and appropriately, including comfortable walking shoes. We highly encourage you to check the weather and dress accordingly. While Tucson can be quite hot, our winters do tend to be cold and weather can be unpredictable at times.

Our Student Union floor names can be deceiving! The “first floor” is located on our lowest level (basement level), our ground level rooms are “our second floor,” and so on up until our fourth floor. We will have Destination Leaders present to help guide you through the Student Union Memorial Center.

To request a CatCard, visit your Next Steps Center! In the Countdown to Orientation tile, there is a section called “Request your CatCard.” From there, you will be able to upload a picture of yourself to begin the CatCard request process. 

CatCards can be picked up in the CatCard Office located in the Student Union Memorial Center Business Services Center, Room 142. The CatCard office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Launchpad is a site on D2L (Desire2Learn) that all new Arizona students are added to. Most of your classes will use D2L during your time here. SOS-Launchpad will help you in your transition to the University of Arizona. While completely optional, Launchpad will host a wealth of resources to help you be a successful student.

Our Student Success & Retention Innovation office can answer all your questions after Destination Arizona! Visit: or Text SOS to 70542 when you have a quick and easy question.