The information below is for Early Fall Start 2017. Details for 2018 will be posted as they become available.

Advising & Orientation

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

Completing Advising & Orientation

As a new first-year student, you can register for your Early Fall Start course before you have your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. However, you must complete Advising & Orientation 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. See the First Year Programs Advising & Orientation site to register and for more details.

In-state domestic students are required to attend a 2-day On-campus A&O prior to the start of EFS courses on August 22.

Out-of-state students — both domestic and international — have the option of attending the EFS-Only A&O session held on Monday, August 21, and Tuesday, August 22. This session takes into consideration the start of classes on August 22.

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

  • Attend a 2-day On-Campus Program
  • Participate in the Hybrid A&O: Online Advising and On-Campus Orientation
  • Attend the EFS-Only A&O session held August 21-22

There is a mandatory Welcome Session for all international students on Sunday, August 20, 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. They offer advising, a variety of academic support programs and other resources. You can email the office at or call 206-543-2550.