Advising & Orientation

student orientationAll Early Fall Start students are required to attend an Advising & Orientation (A&O) session before their EFS course begins. These sessions give you the chance to meet with an academic adviser and learn about the many UW resources and services available.

Completing Advising & Orientation

As a new first-year student, you can register for an Early Fall Start course before attending your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. You must complete your A&O session in order to register for autumn quarter courses.

Attending an A&O session is required for all first-year students at the UW. There are many A&O sessions offered throughout the summer. Visit the First Year Programs Advising & Orientation site to reserve your spot.

In-state U.S. students are required to attend a two-day, on-campus A&O session prior to the start of EFS classes on August 27.

Out-of-state students — both U.S. and international — have the option of attending the EFS-only A&O session held on Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27. This session is scheduled around the start of EFS classes on August 27.

International students have three options for satisfying their A&O requirement:

  • Attend a two-day on-campus program prior to the start of EFS classes
  • Attend the EFS-only A&O session
  • Participate in the Hybrid A&O: One-day online/one-day on-campus orientation

There is a compulsory Welcome Session, "Embark," for all international students on Sunday, August 25. This session is hosted in partnership between International Student Services and the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS). Attendance at this program will satisfy your requirements for immigration check-in.

More Advising Resources

If you have questions about which course to take or need further academic guidance before or during Early Fall Start, you can connect with the Undergraduate Academic Affairs office after you complete your A&O session. They offer advising, a variety of academic support programs and other resources. You can email the office at or call 206-543-2550.