Frequently Asked Questions

First-Year Student FAQs

We design Orientation with you in mind, and as such, each person’s experience will be a little different.  Our Virtual/digital orientation sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time.  More information will be provided via the email communications sent in advance of your session to the addresses provided during the registration process. All programs have scheduled activities for guests and students until 5 pm.  

Yes, you must submit your proof of vaccination in order to be eligible for course registration. For more information on immunizations, please visit your Next Steps Center

You are able to make a change to your major up to seven business days prior to your Orientation program via the Next Steps Center. Under the My Academics area of Next Steps Center, you will see a link labeled ‘Request Change of Major’. Click that link to select the program you would like to change into and confirm your decision. You will see the major change reflected in the My Academics area on Next Steps Center. Please note, the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Fine Arts and Nursing have additional admissions criteria, and you will need to submit a paper change of major request form. When you select the ‘Change of Major’ link on the Next Steps Center this will direct you to the form. If you have any questions about this process please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293.

You are able to make changes to your orientation reservation providing there is availability up to seven business days in advance of the program in which you are currently registered. In order to make a change just log into the Next Steps Center and select “Click here to make changes to your Orientation registration” which is located in the Orientation item. Orientation reservation changes include, switching program dates and/or removing parent/guest(s).  If you need to make a change to your session within seven business days, please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293. 

Changes to an Orientation session that would result in a refund of Orientation fees such as changing your orientation session date, removing parent/guest(s), will be processed for a full refund if made at least seven business days in advance of the students scheduled Orientation. Changes requested after a student has missed their scheduled Orientation session will not receive a refund.

This policy is valid for Orientation fees only and does not cover the Enrollment Fee. In order to receive a refund of the Enrollment Fee, students must cancel their admission to the University of Arizona on or before May 15 through the Next Steps Center. If a student cancels admission to the University of Arizona after May 15, but at least seven business days prior to their Orientation session, Orientation fees (listed above) will be refunded. Please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293 with questions.

Cancellation of Orientation takes place only when a student cancels their admission to the University of Arizona. Since Orientation is a required process for all new students, you cannot cancel program attendance unless you have made a decision not to attend UA. Please see the question "Can I make changes to my Orientation registration?" for instructions on how to make changes to the date of your orientation program.

ENGL 107 and 108 use the same textbooks and share the same student learning outcomes as ENGL 101 and 102. However, ENGL 107 and 108 are intended for students who may be English Language Learners, or who use English as an additional language (not their first). These courses are taught by instructors with backgrounds in second-language writing instruction. If you prefer to take one of these courses, please email writingplacement@email.arizona.edu

Yes, all new first-year students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. Orientation is designed to assist you in fulfilling the necessary steps prior to starting your first semester at the University of Arizona. You will learn about academic and support services from the campus and your academic college. This is also when you will register for your first semester classes.

The student will want to select the earliest session possible in order to have time to submit their documents to the government for funding. For additional information regarding your benefits, visit our Military-Connected Benefits and Certification office or email veterans@email.arizona.edu.

Some military benefits do not cover the cost of the Enrollment Fee.  It is highly recommended that students using their military benefits to cover tuition costs submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Submitting a FAFSA will not affect your benefits and the student may be eligible for additional monetary help to cover the Enrollment fee.  Based on FAFSA information, the student may be eligible to defer their enrollment fee.

You will register for your New Student Orientation through the Next Steps Center. When you enter the orientation registration portal, there is a provided list of program dates available to you. Please know that the dates you see may be different from your friends who are attending in the same semester. The dates filter based on your unique academic criteria and program availability. Factors such as college, major, or SALT Center participation will affect the orientation sessions you are eligible to attend. Orientation dates are also limited based on total capacity. Program registration closes seven business days in advance of the orientation session date or when a particular program reaches overall capacity.

Our benefits coordinator is Regina (Gina) Dowell in the Military Connected Benefits and Certifications office in the Registrar's Office.

Family and supporter participation is optional but is encouraged. The Family Orientation provides Wildcat family members with information, resources and contacts that will aid in student success at UA. Family members and guests register for Orientation via the student registration process in the Next Steps Center. There is an $40.00 Family/Guest Orientation Fee, which helps to cover programming costs of Family Orientation.

There is no benefit of signing up for an early New Student Orientation session other than your opportunity to complete the process early. Students often cite course availability as a concern for students attending later orientation programs; the University of Arizona controls this so that all incoming students will have an opportunity to enroll in courses needed in the first semester. Specifically, seats in General Education and Foundation coursework are distributed throughout the orientation season, allowing students in the last session the same opportunity to add courses as students in the first session. Course availability in areas other than General Education and Foundation coursework will vary by college, but most departments work to assess course needs throughout the summer to be sure that course availability meets student demand.

Transfer Student FAQs

The Transfer Enrollment Fee covers the cost of the providing the Transfer Student Orientation, Next Steps Center, and support services provided by the Transfer Student Center and Enrollment Services.

Yes, all Transfer Students must attend a Transfer Student Orientation. We design the program to assist you in fulfilling the necessary steps prior to starting your first semester at the University of Arizona. You will learn about academic and support services from the campus and your academic college. This is also when you will register for your first semester classes. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Arizona time.

You will register for your Transfer Student Orientation through the Next Steps Center. When you enter the orientation registration portal, there is a provided list of program dates available to you. Please know that the dates you see may be different from your friends who are attending UA in the same semester. The dates filter based on your unique academic criteria and program availability. Factors such as college and major affect the orientation programs you are eligible to attend. Orientation dates are also limited based on total capacity. Program registration closes two weeks in advance of the orientation session date or when a particular program reaches overall capacity.

You are able to make changes to your orientation reservation providing there is availability up to seven business days in advance of the program in which you are currently registered. In order to make a change please log back into the Next Steps Center and select “Click here to make changes to your Orientation Reservation,” which will be in your completed items section. Orientation reservation changes include, switching program dates, and removing parents or guests. If you need to make a change to your session within two weeks of your session, please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293. 

Guests are invited to take part in the Transfer Student Orientation program. Guests participate alongside their student through much of the program, the fee per registered guest is $40.00.

In order to receive a refund of the Enrollment Fee, students must cancel their admission to the University of Arizona on or before June 15 through the Next Steps Center. Please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293 with questions.

 

The student will want to select the earliest session possible in order to have time to submit their documents to the government for funding. For additional information regarding your benefits, visit our Military-Connected Benefits and Certification office or email veterans@email.arizona.edu.

Some military benefits do not cover the cost of the Enrollment Fee.  It is highly recommended that students using their military benefits to cover tuition costs submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Submitting a FAFSA will not affect your benefits and the student may be eligible for additional monetary help to cover the Enrollment fee.  Based on FAFSA information, the student may be eligible to defer their enrollment fee.

Our benefits coordinator is Regina (Gina) Dowell in the Military Connected Benefits and Certifications office in the Registrar's Office.

International Student FAQs

International Students, or Global Students, can find Frequently Asked Questions on Arizona’s International Student Services FAQ page.

COVID-19 Digital Orientation FAQs

During this time, your health and the health of our University of Arizona community is our utmost concern. Following CDC recommendations and in an abundance of caution for you, your family and others, we have made the decision to move all on-campus New Student & Transfer Student Orientation sessions for May - July to digital format.

Information and updates concerning affected sessions will be sent to the students' CatMail.

At this time we will not be offering any on-campus orientation sessions. We highly recommend that students sign up for an orientation session as soon as possible in order to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

If you were registered as a guest on your students orientation registration you will be receiving an email communication. The Family & Supporter orientation session will happen at the same time as the student orientation session and will be different from the students programming.

Once the student completes their orientation process, they will see the CatCard item via their Next Steps Center. Distribution of the CatCard ID will happen once the student is on campus.  We will notify students via their UA CatMail account regarding the location and time of distribution.

Students are expected to be available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arizona (MST) time on the day of their orientation session date.

The Family Supporter orientation session will be held on the same day the student will attend their orientation session. Registered family supporters will be sent an email communication with more information regarding their orientation program.