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First Year Orientation 2018

What is First Year Orientation?

First Year Orientation, or FYO, 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.

2018 Orientation Dates (Schedule will be posted mid-spring)

  • Session 1: Thursday & Friday, May 31-June 1, Honors Only
  • Session 2: Monday & Tuesday, June 4-5
  • Session 3: Thursday & Friday, June 7-8
  • Session 4: Monday & Tuesday, June 11-12
  • Session 5: Thursday & Friday, June 14-15
  • Session 6: Monday & Tuesday, June 18-19
  • Session 7: Thursday & Friday, June 21-22
  • Session 8: Monday & Tuesday, June 25-26
  • Session 9: Thursday & Friday, June 28-29

Please note it will take up to one business day after you pay your enrollment deposit for your Orientation link to be available on your WyoWeb.

Summer Outdoor Experience (optional)

An optional Summer Outdoor Experience with opportunities for backpacking, 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 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.

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First Year Orientation 2017 In Review

Please click on the In Review link above to review the presentations.

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

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