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Welcome Week

Fall 2021 Welcome Week will be from Thursday, August 19 to Friday, August 27. Required sessions occur on Friday, August 20.

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 20, 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 2021 Schedule

  • Housing Move-In

    Housing Move-In

    August 19
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    Housing move-in begins at 9 AM on Thursday, August 19th. For more information about Housing Move-In, visit the UAS Student Housing Website.

  • Welcome Barbeque

    Welcome Barbeque

    August 19
    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 if they're along for the ride, show off your new campus community to your family!

  • New Student Convocation

    New Student Convocation

    August 20
    Student Recreation Center

    Join us at the UAS REC Center for an official welcome to your university. You'll get the opportunity to meet your peers, hear from the UAS Chancellor and Provost, and even engage in some Alaska Native Olympic Games demonstrations!

  • Campus Tour

    Campus Tour

    August 20
    11:00 AM
    Egan Classroom Wing

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

  • Food with Faculty

    Food with Faculty

    August 20
    12:15 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. This is a great opportunity to meet potential professors or ask questions about classes.

  • Our Community

    Our Community

    August 20
    1:30 PM
    Student Recreation Center


    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 20
    Mourant Courtyard

    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!

  • First Year Hall Meeting

    First Year Hall Meeting

    August 20
    6:00 PM
    Egan 112 Lecture Hall

    Required for residents of John Pugh Hall only.  Come ready to learn about your in-housing staff and learn the basics of living in a communal environment. This is a great opportunity to connect with housing staff and fellow hallmates.

  • Lake Day

    Lake Day

    August 21
    UAS Dock 

    Come for a swim, kayak, or paddle at the docks! We will have music, games, and all sorts of water rentals for you to try out! If the weather isnt cooperating we will keep the fun going at the Noyes Pavillion.

  • Whale Watching

    Whale Watching

    August 21
    Don Statter Harbor

    Join us at the Don Statter Harbor for Whale Watching. This is a great opportunity to experience something new, make memories, and build community with your new cohort.

  • Walk In Movie

    Walk-in Movie

    August 21
    Noyes Pavilion

    Join us at the Noyes Pavilion for a movie and snacks. This is an awesome opportunity, sponsored by the Development and Alumni Office, to meet your peers and relax before getting into classes.

  • Walk In Movie

    Glacier View Hike

    August 22
    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 upclose!

  • Downtown Excursion

    Downtown Excursion

    August 22
    11:00 AM
    John Pugh Hall and Student Housing Lodge

    The Downtown Excursion is a great chance to familiarize yourself with your new community. Enjoy riding the tram to Mount Roberts, exploring shops and museums, and other opportunities.

  • Find Your Way to Class

    Find Your Way to Class

    August 23
    Campus Courtyard

    Staff and Faculty will be available to help you navigate your way around campus during the first day of classes. Look for our tents in the Mourant Courtyard!

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.