New Student Orientation

Freshmen | Running Start | Transfer | International



Freshmen Students


Husky Orientation Week

Husky Orientation Week (H.O.W.) is your academic and social orientation to the UW Tacoma and helps you transition to life as a new Husky. This is your chance to meet your new classmates, meet Peer Advisors, learn about UW Tacoma’s academic, social, and campus expectations, and to have fun!

As a newly admitted student, you will be required to attend Husky Orientation Week before you receive your Husky ID Card.

Freshmen Student Orientation Dates 
Tuesday, September 20 - Session Full
Wednesday, September 21

Register for Husky Orientation Week!

Running Start Students


Husky Orientation Week

If you are a high school student that has earned more than 45 credits through a combination of AP, IB, or Running Start you should register for one of our Freshman Husky Orientation Week sessions. 

Running Start students are required to attend an on campus orientation before receiving a Husky ID card.

Running Start Student Orientation Dates
Tuesday, September 20 - Session Full
Wednesday, September 21

Register for Husky Orientation Week!

Transfer Students

Husky Orientation Week

Completing an orientation (on campus or online) is required for all Transfer students before receiving your Husky ID card. Transfer students can register for classes prior to orientation but are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor.

Transfer Student Orientation Dates
Monday, September 19
Thursday, September 22
Friday, September 23

Register for Husky Orientation Week!

Please note: It takes 24-48hrs to process your New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF). You will not be able to register for an orientation session until your NSEOF has been received and processed. You will also need your UWNetID to register.

Online Orientation

The overall goal of the Online Orientation is to provide you with a seamless transition to the University of Washington Tacoma.

  • Online Orientation is offered to transfer students unable to attend an on-campus orientation session. We strongly recommend participation in an on-campus orientation program whenever possible.
  • As a transfer student Orientation is not required to register for classes
  • The online orientation will open during Husky Orientation Week, September 19-23. Once the online orientation is completed, students are able to pick up their Husky ID card in two ways: 
  1. From 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on the 1st floor of the Matress Factory (MAT) building during Husky Orientation Week.  
  2. Ater Husky Orientation Week from the Office of the Registrar, Mattress Factory (MAT) 253, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

International Students

More information regarding Orientation for International Students can be found on the website for International Student Services: International Student Services.