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Welcome Week

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Fall 2022 Welcome Week will be from Thursday, August 25 to Friday, September 2nd. Required sessions occur on Friday, August 26th.

Orientation group overhead fisheye picture

Welcome Week is required for all new on-campus, degree-seeking students registered for 12 or more credits. New students who are registered for less than 12 credits are highly encouraged to attend Welcome Week. There are required activities on Friday, August 26, with highly recommended activities through the first week of classes. A $100 fee will be charged to students who are required to attend and any other students that choose to join.

Fall 2022 Schedule

  • Housing Move-In

    Housing Move-In

    August 25
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    Housing move-in begins at 9 AM on Thursday, August 25th. For more information about Housing Move-In, visit the UAS Student Housing Website.

  • Welcome Barbeque

    Welcome Back Barbeque

    August 25
    5:00 PM
    Student Recreation Center

    Join us at the UAS Student Recreation Center for a BBQ! We'll have food, music, and an opportunity to explore the REC Center. This is a great opportunity to get some grub, introduce yourself to others, and get certified for the Rock Wall!

  • Fred Meyer Shuttle

    Fred Meyer Shuttle

    August 25
    7:00 PM
    Student Recreation Center, JPH, & Upper Housing

    Fred Meyer is your one stop shop for all of the essentials you might need to begin a new school year - offering groceries, household supplies, banking, pharmacy services, clothing, and more! Busses will leave the Fred Meyer parking lot at 8:30 PM and return to campus.

  • New Student Convocation

    New Student Orientation Check In & Breakfast

    August 26
    8:30 AM
    Mourant Building - Lakeside Grill & Market

    Check in for Orientation, get your name badge, and grab some breakfast and caffeine to fuel you through the day. Families are more than welcome to join!

  • New Student Convocation

    New Student Convocation

    August 26
    Egan Library

    Join us at the Egan Library for an official welcome to your university. You'll get the opportunity to meet your peers, hear from the UAS Chancellor and Provost, and learn more about your community!

  • Campus Tour

    Campus Tour

    August 26
    10:45 AM
    Egan Library

    We'll show you around campus so you can find classes, campus resources, and places to spend your time! 

  • Food with Faculty

    Community Luncheon

    August 26
    12:00 PM
    Lakeside Grill

    Join us at the Lakeside Grill for a chance to eat and build community, along with meeting some of the on-campus faculty, staff, and campus community resources. This is a great opportunity to meet potential professors, make some new connections, and sign up for appointments with Health and Wellness, Student Accounts, and your Advisors.

  • Our Community

    Our Community

    August 26
    1:30 PM
    Egan Library


    Learn about Social, Personal, and Community Wellness and why it is important. Each individual is a part of building the community we have here at UAS and we want to invite everyone to participate.

  • Completion Opportunities

    Completion Opportunities

    August 26
    3:30 PM
    Campus Wide

    This is the perfect time to ensure you're all set for classes to start! We'll help you to ensure you're registered, finished with financial aid requirements, and more. We'll also be taking a group photo of all Orientation attendees!

  • JPH Meeting

    JPH Building Meeting

    August 26
    6:00 PM
    Egan Lecture Hall (only required if living in JPH)

    Everyone living in our first-year residence hall will meet up to learn some of the expectations of living in JPH as well as best practices for being a good neighbor. Building professional staff and RA’s will introduce themselves and discuss how they plan to be involved in creating a living environment that will help you to grow and succeed throughout your first year.

  • UAS Lake Day

    UAS Lake Day

    August 27
    11:00 AM
    Auke Lake Campus Dock

    Its finally time to kick back and relax. Come down to the docks with your swimsuit and towel for an afternoon of swimming, paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. We will have food and drinks, fires, and music to enjoy.

  • Completion Opportunities

    Whale Watching

    August 27
    3:00 PM
    Mourant Building (By 2:40 PM)

    Embark on a scenic cruise into the Alaskan wilderness that guarantees you will see wildlife, including whales! This is a great opportunity to view and learn about whales, sea lions, porpoise, seals, bald eagles and other species of wildlife. We will be walking down to the docks together from Dining at 2:45 PM. Don’t forget to pick up a bagged dinner and snacks for the ship before we leave!

  • Completion Opportunities

    Walk In Movie - The Lost City

    August 27
    9:00 PM
    Noyes Pavilion

    We are bringing it back to the good old days. Grab your friends, a blanket, or a hammock to enjoy a private screening of The Lost City, starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock. We will provide chairs for those without and of course popcorn, soda, and other tasty treats!

  • Completion Opportunities

    Its A New Moon - Watch For The Aurora

    August 27
    11:00 PM
    Auke Lake Dock

    What better way to wrap up a day of adventure than heading out with some friends and hunting for the aurora! Active auroral displays tend to be more active later in the night, which means that 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. is typically the time period with the highest probability of seeing spectacular auroral displays.

  • Walk In Movie

    Glacier View Hike

    August 28
    9:00 AM
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    There are many ways to get up close to Mendenhall Glacier, including a moderately easy and well-marked trail to Nugget Falls. Winding along Mendenhall Lake, the closest trail to the glacier itself, you’ll find a stunning 377-foot waterfall cascading into an iceberg lake with a magnificent glacier in the background. You might even get lucky and see some wildlife up close!

  • Downtown Trip

    Downtown Trip

    August 28
    11:00 AM
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    Juneau is many things: a mountain town, a coastal community and the most scenic capital city in the U.S. A natural wonder, wildlife hotspot and cultural jewel, Juneau is rich in history, art, music and Native heritage. We will begin our downtown trip at the Sealaska Heritage Institute to explore a replica Clan House and other Native Alaskan works of art. From there you will have the opportunity to break off into smaller groups to explore downtown, do some shopping, take the tram, and try the local cuisine. Busses will be available at both 3:30 and 5:00 PM (in Front of the Tram) for return trips to UAS.

  • E-sports and Board Games

    E-Sports & Board Games At The TEC

    August 28
    3:00 PM
    Technical Education Center - Room 123

    Stop by the UAS Technical Education Center (the TEC) while you are downtown and join the competition in the newly built UAS E-Sports Arena anytime from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. Our facility’s 16 fully equipped gaming PCs are ready for just about any game you throw at them! We’re also equipped to handle a variety of consoles for high-fidelity gaming, so feel free to bring yours. Not into E-sports? No problem! Come by and take part in some board games, puzzles, or take some time to familiarize yourself with the TEC. Busses will be available at 5:10 PM and 7:30 PM at the TEC for return trips to the Auke Lake Campus.

  • BonFire

    Bonfire & Smores

    August 28
    8:00 PM
    Noyes Pavilion (next to John Pugh Hall)

    Hang out, eat smores, and tell your favorite ghost stories. This is your last chance to make some great connections before heading into your first day of classes!

What if I cannot attend every session?

We understand that some incoming students may have scheduling conflicts. Your goal should be to attend as much of Welcome Week as possible. There are no separate fees or fee reductions if you can only attend part of the event.

What should I bring?

Orientation is active, so be sure to dress comfortably and wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in. In Southeast Alaska, layers are always recommended.