Pre-Orientation

Your student is launching a new chapter in their life. This is an exciting time for everyone! We understand that it can also be an emotional one, so our goal is to make sure your student’s transition to the University of Arizona is smooth sailing all the way. We’re here to answer questions and guide you through the orientation process, step by step.

The Next Steps Center is where your student can set up their NetID, pay their enrollment fee and register for orientation. It’s also where they can register you for Family Essentials orientation for families and supporters.

Often, students pay for college with the help of families, supporters, scholarships and other assistance. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to managing the costs of a college education. For help understanding what financial assistance is available, the ins and outs of each type — plus, how to apply — the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is your resource. Tuition, billing, fees and payment plans are handled through the Bursar’s Office.

It’s mandatory for your student to take and complete the placement exams for math, writing and second language before orientation. They can complete these in the Next Steps Center.

The orientation fee for family members and supporters to attend the concurrent Family Essentials orientation session costs $40 per guest. Changes can be made at least seven business days before the scheduled session for a full refund. This fee can be paid online in the Next Steps Center.

Orientation is accessible to everyone. Your student can visit the Next Steps Center to make accommodation requests for themselves and their guests. Accommodations range from — but are not limited to — American Sign Language interpretation, CART captioning, captioned videos, dietary restrictions, mobility access and large print materials.

New Student Checklist

The Next Steps Center makes it simple for your student to get Wildcat ready. Here’s a checklist of the high-priority tasks to complete — all accessible in the Next Steps Center — before orientation:

  • Pay your enrollment fee.
  • Submit immunization records.
  • Send final high school or college transcripts.
  • Complete the Math, Second Language and Writing placements! Do your best, but don’t stress!
  • Complete the "Countdown to Orientation" module (Available 2 weeks before orientation day!)