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First Year Orientation 2019

What is First Year Orientation?

First Year Orientation is an opportunity for newly admitted students to acclimate to life on campus at 7,220 feet! During your session, you will meet UW faculty and students, receive academic advising and register for classes, and discover ways to get involved in student life. You will experience living in the residence halls, and have a chance to meet fellow incoming students.

Why attend Orientation?

Students find orientation as the best way to ease their transition to campus life. You and your family will become better prepared for your time here, and you will have a head start on making your UW experience a truly memorable one.

We encourage family members to attend First Year Orientation with their student! Each session provides an opportunity to become familiar with UW's campus and its resources, its policies, and the adjustments you and your student may face throughout the college experience. You will also have your questions or concerns answered in person, and learn what it means to be part of our Cowboy Family.

Do you have additional questions?

Check our frequently asked questions page.

2019 Dates--registration will open mid-February 2019

  • Session 1: Thursday & Friday, May 30-31, Honors Only 
  • Session 2: Monday & Tuesday, June 3-4
  • Session 3: Thursday & Friday, June 6-7
  • Session 4: Monday & Tuesday, June 10-11
  • Session 5: Thursday & Friday, June 13-14
  • Session 6: Monday & Tuesday, June 17-18
  • Session 7: Thursday & Friday, June 20-21 
  • Session 8: Monday & Tuesday, June 24-25
  • Session 9: Thursday & Friday, June 27-28


The 2019 Orientation Schedule will be posted in the spring.  Click here to view the 2018 schedule.  Check-in is tentatively scheduled to begin at 11:00am on Day One in Washakie Dining Center.  Click here to read more about what to bring.

***Fall Bridge Students:  Check-in 30 minutes prior so you can get to your 11:00am Bridge meeting on time.  Click here for additional arrival information and what to bring. 

Orientation sign-up will begin in February 2019.  Orientation sign-up becomes available for students 24 business hours after they confirm their enrollment and pay their deposit.  Click here to login to your WyoRecords account to confirm.

Summer Outdoor Experience (optional)

An optional Summer Outdoor Experience with opportunities for hiking, rafting and rock climbing is available to Orientation participants in conjunction with most Orientation sessions.  Registration and payment for this event are separate from registration and payment for orientation, so please ensure that you complete both if you plan to attend.  Click here for more information on the SOE.

Don't Forget...

Most incoming students to the University of Wyoming are required to take the math placement exam (MPE) prior to registering for a math course. It is recommended that you take this test at least 7 days prior to attending orientation, and any retakes at least 24 hours prior to your orientation. (This allows time to prepare, participate in online tutoring, and retest if desired.) 

Complete information about the Math placement exam, preparation materials and possible exceptions to the math placement testing policy can be found on the math department web page, The site also includes a link to the testing site, “Get Started” button, and you may also follow the link from your WyoWeb check list when you are ready to take the test. 

The ALEKS PPL placement test is exclusively online and is accessible 24/7 from any web enabled device. The cost is $15 + tax and is paid via a credit/debit card just prior to taking the exam. We want you to receive the best information possible while at orientation, to do this we recommend the following:

    • Bring a print out or screen shot of the math placement score you received, above.
    • Bring an unofficial copy of all transcripts for college level courses you took prior to attending UW. (This includes dual enrollment courses at your community college while still in high school.)
    • If you took the AP – either the AB or BC exam for Calculus, and are awaiting results, please stop by the math table at the resource fair on day 1 to discuss your options.  
    • Stop by the Math table during the resource fair on day 1 of orientation if you have any questions regarding your score, possible exceptions to the testing policy or what your math options might be.

Click here to review the presentations from the June 2018 sessions.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at (307) 766-5160 or

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