Orientation FAQ

What do I need to bring to Orientation?

Click HERE for information on what to bring to Orientation.

Where do my guests and I park?

Parking will be available in the Intermodal Parking Facility near the Charger Union. Directions will be included in your registration confirmation email. Parking at new student orientation is free and no parking pass is required.

What do I do if I require special accommodations for a medical, physical, or disability-related need?

We will do everything we can to make Orientation a positive experience for you. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 256.824.2773 prior to your arrival so that we can best accommodate your visit to campus.

My aid and/or scholarship has not arrived yet. What should I do?

Please contact the Student Financial Services Office at 256.824.6241 for assistance.

Will I be able to get the class schedule I want if I come to one of the later Orientation sessions?

There is no way to predict which classes will be available at the time of any specific Orientation session. The "perfect" schedule may not be available, but all students should be able to register for a full load of classes that will fulfill their core curriculum and degree requirements. New students should be prepared to be flexible and should not rule out registering for classes that begin as early as 8 a.m. or late in the afternoon. Students who are not satisfied with their schedule can change it as late as the fourth day of classes during the Drop/Add period.

What should I do if my plans change and I need to switch to another Orientation session?

Orientation sessions are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you do need to change sessions, you may contact the Orientation office by emailing orientation@uah.edu to see if there is room in another session for you. Once you make a change, be aware that you may not be able to get back into your previous session. The Orientation fee is non-refundable. 

If I don't attend Orientation do I still have to pay?

Yes. All new, degree-seeking students are required to attend Orientation. The Orientation fee is assessed to your student bill and will be charged regardless of whether you attend or not.

How do my parents pay for Orientation?

If a student is bringing more than two guests to Orientation, the additional fee can be paid at check-in. We will accept exact cash, credit/debit cards, checks, and money orders.

What is the difference between a one-day and a two-day Freshman Orientation session? 

Students attend Freshman Orientation can choose to attend a one-day or a two-day session. At both sessions students will register for classes and receive the same information. One-day sessions will begin around 8:15 am and will conclude around 6:30 pm. Two-day sessions will begin around 1:00 pm on the first day and will conclude around 1:30 pm on the second day. Also during the two-day sessions, students will have the opportunity to experience campus life through late night activities hosted by the Office of Student Life and by spending the night in a campus residence hall. 

If I am attending a two-day Freshman Orientation session, where will I spend the night?

Students attending two-day Freshman Orientation sessions will spend the night in a campus residence hall. Parents and guests attending two-day Freshman Orientation sessions should make overnight accommodations. Click HERE to view recommendations for overnight accommodations in the Huntsville area. 

If I am attending a two-day Freshman Orientation session, am I required to spend the night on campus? 

While students are not required to spend the night on campus, orientation programming is scheduled to last until 8:00 pm on the evening of Day 1. There are also a variety of student activities provided until 11:00 pm. We highly encourage students to spend the night on campus to take full advantage of the orientation experience.  However, if you choose not to, we ask that you stay on campus until you have completed all Day 1 sessions. 

Will I be provided any meals during Orientation? 

Students and parents/guests attending a two-day Freshman Orientation session will be provided dinner on Day 1, breakfast on Day 2, and lunch on Day 2. Dunkin Donuts in the Charger Union will be open for lunch on Day 1 prior to orientation check-in. Students and parents/guests attending a one-day Freshman Orientation session will be provided lunch and dinner. 

Do I have to attend all orientation programming?

Students are required to attend every program during their orientation session.