2015 Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation sessions are two day sessions designed to aid in your transition to the university. Incoming students will get a chance participate in the following during Orientation:

Day 1:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome Session Presentations 
  • Lunch 
  • Academic Sessions (presentations by academic college representatives)
  • Informational Breakout Sessions
  • Living on Campus presentation
  • Dinner
  • True Life: I’m A Lumberjack
  • Evening Activities: Lumberjack Challenge and Dance Party

Day 2:

  • Breakfast
  • Campus-wide Presentations about Getting Involved on campus
  • Academic Advising and Enrollment (student 1 on 1 meetings with Academic Advisors) 
  • Opportunities to take care of university business 

Getting to Orientation

From Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Arizona Shuttle provides shuttle service from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the NAU campus and drops off riders just outside of Wilson Hall. For more details, see Travel Options.

Once you arrive on campus signs will direct you to parking and check-in on the quad outside of Wilson Hall. Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. on the first day, and the day concludes in the evening with social activities. The program includes a great deal of walking on campus so please plan accordingly.

Student and Guest Accommodations

Student Accommodations

During Freshman Orientation, students will stay in Wilson Hall. Students will be paired with another student (of their same gender), who is attending Orientation, to be their roommate for the night. To make your overnight stay more comfortable, please bring sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag and toiletries, a towel.

Students Traveling to Orientation Alone

Due to family scheduling some students need to attend Orientation on their own. If you would like suggestions from the Orientation staff about how to get to campus please contact us at (928) 523-0632 or at orientation@nau.edu

Extended Stay in Wilson Hall

Due to travel schedules, some students may need to extend their stay with us. If you are traveling alone and need to come a day early or stay a day later because of your travel schedule, we can accommodate you. Contact Cassie Koldenhoven at cassie.koldenhoven@nau.edu at least one week prior to your Orientation session start date. 

Parent and Guest Accommodations

During Orientation parents and guests stay off campus in local hotels. 

Sibling Program

We are happy to provide a program for siblings aged 9 and older during the first day of Orientation. Throughout the day siblings will have the opportunity to play games, learn about NAU, do a service project, and even create a special surprise for the family member who is going off to college. Siblings should be dropped off at the Sibling Table during Check-In between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Day 1.The program will include lunch with the other siblings and staff members. They will rejoin their families for dinner and evening activities at 5pm prior to dinner. On Day 2, siblings will spend the day with their parents/guardians.

Sibling Track Schedule during Day 1 of Orientation
Outdoor Games
Service Project/Crafts
Indoor Games or NAU Presentation (geared towards older siblings)
Mini Campus Tour/Scavenger Hunt
Lunch with other siblings and staff
Create a special surprise for sibling
Outdoor Games
Dinner with families

Requirements Checklist

Complete Prior to Orientation

1. Priority Enrollment

You have the advantage of early class selection for your first semester through Priority Enrollment. Your advisor will enroll you in classes appropriate for your major and interests before you come for Summer Orientation. PE Graphic

2. Math Placement Test

The ALEKS Math Placement Test is for placement into mathematics and statistics courses. Math placement is required for Priority Enrollment.

3. Immunization Requirement

Send immunization records to Campus Health Services. See Understanding Immunizations for details.

4. Verify Your Citizenship

The State of Arizona requires documentation that each student receiving benefits from state—including in-state tuition and WUE scholarship students—is a legal citizen. If you have filed a FAFSA, you usually will not have to provide additional documentation.

If documentation is requested and not provided, tuition will be charged at the out-of-state rate and financial aid may be impacted. Visit nau.edu/verify for a list of acceptable documentation and methods of submission.

5. Send ID Card Photo

Your JacksCard, or NAU Student ID, will be used starting Day One of Orientation. Submit your photograph online to print on your new JacksCard, and once your picture has been submitted and approved; your card will be available for you at Orientation check-in. Submissions must be received no later than three (3) days prior to your Orientation session to be ready for you at check-in, so don’t delay!

6. Check LOUIE Account and NAU Email

Check your NAU email and your LOUIE account. All notifications of tuition and fee payment and your fall classes will be posted to your LOUIE account. Messages from your professors, information about campus activities, scholarships, and available jobs will come to your NAU email address. To access your NAU Email and LOUIE Account visit my.nau.edu

7. Send Final Transcripts

After your high school graduation please request that your high school sends your final transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
NAU Box 4084
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4084

Your final high school transcript must show your date of graduation.

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