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For the health and safety of our students and community, Early Fall Start 2021 will be offered exclusively through remote learning.

For more information, see Why Attend Early Fall Start Online.

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 and Orientation

As a new first-year student, you can register for an Early Fall Start course before attending your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. However, you must complete your A&O session in order to register for autumn quarter courses. There are many A&O sessions offered throughout the summer. Visit the First Year Programs Advising & Orientation site to reserve your spot.

All new undergraduate international students are also required to attend an EMBARK welcome session. This session is hosted in partnership between the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) and UW International Student Services (ISS). All Embark sessions this fall will be held virtually through Zoom and registration for Embark will open on May 1.

Additionally, all international students will need to ensure they complete the New Student Post-Arrival Checklist once they physically arrive in the U.S. International students do not need to come in person to complete check-in, but will be required to submit copies of immigration documents online, as well as to update their local address through their MyUW account and to register full-time for autumn quarter.

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 Undergraduate Academic Affairs or the departmental adviser after you complete your A&O session. They offer advising, a variety of academic support programs and other resources. You can email UAA Advising or call 206-543-2550.