Congratulations on your admission to UAH! Our campus community is thrilled to welcome you to the Charger Family. To fully prepare for the exciting things UAH has in store for you, we ask that every new freshman student attending for the Summer or Fall 2024 semester complete our Freshman Orientation program.

At Freshman Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to finalize your class schedule
  • Learn more about student involvement opportunities and campus traditions
  • Discover tools and resources to support your academic success
  • Meet and socialize with current and new UAH students

Event Information

Freshman Orientation is a two-day event. Check-in is from 8:30-9:30 am in the morning on Day One, and the event will conclude by 1:00 pm on Day Two.

Students have the opportunity to spend the night in an on-campus residence hall on Day One of Orientation. Housing check-in for students will begin at 8:00 am on Day One. Accommodation options available in the Huntsville area for parents and guests can be found HERE.

Check out the full New Student Orientation STUDENT schedule HERE and the PARENT/GUEST schedule HERE.

College Preferred Dates

The Colleges of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing will be hosting preferred orientation sessions on particular dates. During these college orientation sessions, you’ll have an additional opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and students in your academic program throughout the event. 

Please note that you are not required to attend your college’s preferred session. Regardless of which session you attend, you’ll have a great experience that will prepare you for your first semester at UAH. Students from the Colleges of Engineering and Science are encouraged to attend any date.

Please register to Freshman Orientation through your existing Charger Status account. If you have already registered for a session but need to change your date, please email with your A# and new date request.

Freshman Orientation Dates:

  • Session #1 - June 6 & 7 (TH/F)*
    *College of Education & College of Nursing preferred session
  • Session #2 - June 13 & 14 (TH/F)*
    *College of Business preferred session
  • Session #3 - June 20 & 21 (TH/F)*
    *College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences preferred session
  • Session #5 - July 11 & 12 (TH/F)*
    *College of Business & College of Education preferred session
  • Session #6 - July 18 & 19 (TH/F)*
    *College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences & College of Nursing preferred session
  • Session #10 - August 14 & 15 (W/TH)*
    *This session is reserved for students who reside more than six hours away from UAH. 
    F1/J1 visa holders are also encouraged to attend.

    Register for Session #10


    Preparing for Freshman Orientation

    Please complete the Charger Checklist prior to attending New Student Orientation. What should you pack for Orientation? See the recommended packing list HERE


    Freshman Orientation FAQs

    • It is highly encouraged that all new-first time students attend an Orientation session, as it is a helpful agent as you navigate the transition from high school to college! All new-students regardless of attendance, will be charged an Orientation fee.

    • No, spending the night is not required, but we highly suggest it! We have a lot of fun activities planned throughout the evening, and it’s a great opportunity to spend as much time as possible with your new classmates! Choosing to not spend the night does not change the rate of the Orientation fee.

    • Each new student will be assessed a flat rate fee of $225 that will be added to your student account. This fee includes meals, materials, and housing for the student, and meals and materials for up to two guests. Additional guests over the age of eight will require an additional fee of $50, which will be charged to the student account.

    • We definitely encourage parents to attend! There is separate programming for parents and guests during the Orientation session. Parent, guests, and siblings must make separate accommodation plans as only students will stay on campus. You can find more information about local accommodations here.

    • If you are planning to spend the night on campus, you will need to bring a sleeping bag/blanket, pillow, and bath towel, hand towel and/or washcloth. We also suggest bringing phone chargers, possibly a small fan, and anything else that you need to be comfortable!

    • One thing is for sure…it will be hot! We recommend dressing comfortably and bringing a light jacket in case any of the indoor spaces are chilly or the temperature drops in the evening. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and check the weather to ensure you’re prepared!

    • Please let us know as soon as possible! Email Orientation ( and include your name and A# and we will work with you!

    • View our orientation presentations to reference the information you learned during each session!

    Questions? Email