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First Year Orientation (FYO) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orientation?

Orientation at UW is an opportunity for admitted students and their families to acclimate to life on campus. During your FYO 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 agree that Orientation is the best way to ease the transition to campus. You and your family will become better prepared for your time here, and you will have a head start on making your experience at UW a truly memorable one.

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

What should I do before Orientation?

Log into your interactive checklist on WyoWeb and follow the required steps on the WyoRecords page! This becomes available in October for students beginning class in January, and in February for summer and August students.

How much does it cost to attend Orientation?

The cost for the student is $60 and includes: event programming, print materials, lunch, dinner and breakfast along with snacks throughout the program, and a double room shared with another student for one night.

The cost for each parent or family member is $30 and includes: event programming, print materials, lunch, parents' reception, snacks and beverages throughout the program.  This fee does not include lodging for parents/guests.  Parents/guests are encouraged to stay off campus.  Special room rates have been arranged for parents and families at local hotels.  Click here for hotel information.
Options to pay include: Pay online with a credit card or debit card, or add the charges to the fall semester bill.

Refunds are available if a request is received in writing before May 27, less a $10 processing fee.

Is it important to attend all the programming during my Orientation session?

Yes, it is essential for students to attend all programming. You will complete all the necessary tasks for Orientation and meet your peers.

Do I have to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

Most students without college-level transfer math credit do need to take the MPE to determine which college math and science classes they may enroll in. In some cases, this decides whether or not students may take the classes necessary for a 4-year graduation in their major, so it is very important. Find details and sample problems for the MPE online. The MPE is available online starting in May through your checklist located on WyoWeb.

How can I prepare for my advising appointment?

Begin by reviewing the University Catalog. This contains the coursework necessary for every major, and it is essentially a contract between you and UW. You will work with an advisor to help you select the classes you need. Otherwise, the most important things to do to prepare are:

  • Find out if you need to take the Math Placement Exam (see above).
  • If you have any transfer credit (from a community college, AP, IB, etc.) bring a copy of your unofficial transcript with you to Orientation.
  • Relax and keep an open mind! Every student must complete the University Studies Program (USP). Even if your favorite class is closed, don't worry - you'll get a schedule that meets your needs.

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

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