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Welcome Week

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Spring 2023 Welcome Week will be from Thursday, January 12 to Friday, January 20th. Required sessions occur on Friday, January 13th.

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, January 13th, with highly recommended activities through the first week of classes. A $150 fee will be charged to students who are required to attend and any other students that choose to join.

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • Housing Move-In

    Housing Move-In

    January 12th
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    Housing move-in begins at 9 AM on Thursday, January 12th. For more information about Housing Move-In, visit the UAS Student Housing Website.

  • New Student Convocation

    New Student Orientation Check In & Breakfast

    January 13th
    8:30 AM
    Egan Building - Near Spikes Cafe

    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

    January 13th
    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!

  • Our Community

    Our Community

    Janaury 13th
    10:00 AM
    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.

  • Food with Faculty

    Community Luncheon

    January 13th
    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.

  • Campus Tour

    Campus Tour

    January 13th
    1:00 PM
    Egan Library

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

  • Completion Opportunities

    Completion Opportunities

    January 13th
    2:00 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!

  • Welcome Barbeque

    Welcome Back Barbeque

    January 13th
    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

    Juneau Shop Shuttle

    January 14th
    JPH, & Upper Housing

    Sign Up for a two hour block of shopping at a few of our Juneau shopping Destination. Fred Meyer, Mendenhall Mall, and St Vincents Thrift have a variety of items that any incoming college student may need at reasonable prices!

    Pickups will be as follows:

    Group 1: 11:30 a.m. at JPH & 11:40 a.m. at Upper Housing Lodge

    Group 2: 1:30 p.m. at JPH & 1:40 p.m. at Upper Housing Lodge.

    Group 3: 4 p.m. at JPH & 4:10 p.m. at Upper Housing Lodge.

    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!

    Mendenhall Mall is locally owned and provides a variety of shops including indegenous arts, beauty salon & supplies, food, outdoor gear and more.

    St. Vincent's has tag sales each month from a vast collection of donations from within the Juneau community. Tag sales can vary from 50% - 75% off. 

  • Walk In Movie

    Glacier View Hike

    January 15th
    9:00 AM
    John Pugh Hall (8:45 a.m pickup) and Student Housing Lodge (8:55 a.m pickup)

    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

    January 15th
    11:00 AM

    John Pugh Hall (11:15 a.m. pickup) and Student Housing Lodge (11:10 a.m. pickup)

    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.

  • Completion Opportunities

    Watch For The Aurora

    Auke Lake Dock

    What better way to wrap up a day of adventure than heading out with some friends and hunting for the aurora! Check the Aurora Forcast and make a plan to go see them. 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.

  • BonFire

    Bonfire & Smores

    Janaury 16th
    5:00 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.