• Frequently Asked Questions


    Who may stay overnight on campus?
    The Tiger Trails Overnight Orientation is designed for both out-of-town and local Freshman students starting school in the Fall 2015 semester. While only students may stay on campus overnight, there are several hotels near Livingston that offer overnight accommodations for parents and guests.

    For how many nights is lodging available?
    Accommodations are for one night, between day one and day two of Freshman Orientation. 

    What is the cost?
    The cost for the Tiger Trails Overnight Orientation is $75. All other Orientations are $25. 

    Where will students be staying? 
    During Tiger Trails, students will stay in Gilbert Hall. In the heart of campus, Gilbert Hall is a 456-bed freshman residence hall with many amenities. More information about Gilbert is available on the housing website. 

    What should I bring if I am staying overnight?
    Bring toiletries, towels, bedding (sleeping bag, pillow), and a change of clothes. 

    Will students be sharing rooms?
    Yes. Students are randomly assigned a roommate at check in.

    What are the times for checking in and out of Gilbert Hall? 
    Check-in will be from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on the morning of July 9. Each student will receive a name tag, a schedule of events, information about UWA, and a room key. Check-out will be between 11-30-2:00 p.m. on July 10.  

    Will the students be supervised?
    Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants (RAs) will be staying with new students in Gilbert Hall, but all students staying overnight must abide by the UWA Student Code of Conduct.

    What will students staying overnight do in the evening?
    Activities are planned to help incoming students socialize and get better acquainted with their new classmates. Activities include a Hypnotist and a Band and DJ party sponsored by our Campus Activities Board. 

    Can I change my major after Orientation?
    Absolutely! On average, students change their major 3 times while in college. We highly encourage you to try new things and find the right fit for you. We would also encourage you to talk with your advisor about this. 

    Do I have to use a debit or credit card to register for Orientation?
    We encourage you to pay on-line. However, if you don't have the means to pay online, you may send a check or money order to the following address:

    The University of West Alabama
    Office of Admissions
    Station 4
    Livingston, AL 35470 

    Can my parent attend Tiger Trails? 
    Though parents are not required to attend orientation, all parents and/or guardians of incoming students are invited to attend Orientation free of charge. Parents are provided with information on student services, expenses, and how to assist their student in transitioning to college. You also have the opportunity to meet with selected faculty members and meet current UWA students.

    A freshman parent session will be held the first day of the July 9-10 freshman Tiger Trails session. The session begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes typically before 12:00 p.m. Following the morning session please stay and enjoy a complimentary lunch in Young Hall Cafeteria. There are no evening activities planned for parents; although, fun night activities and dinner is provided for freshman students.

    We are unable to provide on-campus lodging for parents and guests attending Parent Orientation. To assist parents with their accommodations, the University has a provided a list of hotels located close to campus. We recommend that you contact a hotel at least two weeks in advance.

    Transfer parent sessions will be held in conjunction with the Tiger Trails transfer sessions. Parents and students should sign-in at the Bell Conference Center between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. The sessions begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude typically by 12:00 p.m.

    Will parents be with their son/daughter during the entire Orientation process?
    During the first day of the overnight freshman orientation, parents and students will follow a different itinerary. Parents who wish to spend the night in a local hotel can meet up with their student at the end of the second day. 

    During Transfer and Express Orientation sessions, parents and guests can attend the whole program with the student.