The FAQs below pertain to on-campus orientation sessions. Due to COVID-19, our May - July orientation sessions have been moved to a virtual format. Please find COVID-19 and Digital Orientation FAQs here.
Changes to an Orientation session that would result in a refund of Orientation fees (such as removing guests, changing from an off campus to an on-campus program, removing nights in a residence hall) will be processed for a full refund if made at least seven business days in advance of the students scheduled Orientation session. Changes made to the reservation is subject to the $35 processing fee. Changes made less than seven business days before a program or changes requested after a student has missed their scheduled Orientation session will not receive a refund.
This policy is valid for Orientation fees only (Out-of-State Orientation fee, family/guest fee, and Orientation residence hall fee), 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 UA 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 reservation?" for instructions on how to make changes to the date of your orientation program.
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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.
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, residence, 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.
No, but family and supporter participation 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 $85 Family/Guest Orientation Fee, which helps to cover programming costs of Family Orientation including facilities, catering, materials, and staffing. The $85 family/guest fee does not include overnight accommodations as there is an additional cost to stay overnight in the residence hall.
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.
There is an additional $125 program charge for each student and family member who attends an Out-of-State Orientation program in Chicago, New York or Orange County. This fee helps us to cover the costs of hosting a remote program including meeting facilities, catering, shipping, and travel and lodging for staff. This fee is in addition to the Enrollment Fee and Family/Guest Fee. The total cost for a guest to attend an Out-of-State Orientation program is $210 ($85 Family Orientation fee + $125 Out-of-State Orientation fee).
We design Orientation with you in mind, and as such, each person’s experience will be a little different. Check-in time for your orientation program will be included in 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. If you are traveling from out of town we do not recommend making any travel reservations before 5 pm so that you can attend the entire program.
Yes! For students and your family members or guests attending the May-July on-campus orientation programs, we have residence hall rooms available for a fee; however, it is not a requirement to stay on campus during New Student Orientation. You can register to stay in a residence hall through the orientation registration process in the Next Steps Center.
Students and family members or guests choosing to stay on campus during orientation will stay in the same residence hall but in different parts of the building. We have students room with other students and plan evening activities so they have an opportunity to get to meet other new Wildcats before returning to campus in the fall.
We provide linens (sheets and pillows) in the residence hall rooms during Orientation. If you tend to be chilly at night, you may want to bring an additional blanket. We do not provide toiletries, phones and alarm clocks.
You will not be able to tour your residence hall at your New Student Orientation session. Housing & Residential Life offers a Housing 411 session that connects you with their staff who can answer questions about on-campus living. They will have information about the various halls and the residential experience as a whole including programming, staffing, amenities, and things you should plan to bring.
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 ‘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 Engineering, Nursing, Fine Arts and Architecture 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 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, removing parents or guests, and removing residence hall nights. If you need to make a change to your session within seven business days, please call the Next Steps Center at (520) 621-5293. Please be aware that there is a $35 processing fee applied with any changes.