• Frequently Asked Questions


    Who may stay overnight on campus?
    All new students and parents are invited to stay on campus. Orientation is designed for both out-of-town and local Freshman students starting school in the Fall 2016 semester. While parents are encouraged to attend, they are not required to. We provide parent accommodations for an extra fee; spaces are limited.

    Can my parent attend Orientation?
    Though parents are not required to attend orientation, all parents and/or guardians of incoming students are invited to attend Orientation. 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.

    For how many nights is lodging available?
    Accommodations are for one night, between day one and day two of Freshman Orientation. There is an early check-in option which will provide lodging for an extra night.

    Where will students be staying?
    During Orientation, 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.

    Where will parents be staying?
    During Orientation, parents can choose to stay in a resident hall separate from students. Spaces are limited however, there are several hotels near Livingston that offer overnight accommodations for parents and guests.

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

    Will students be sharing rooms?
    Yes. Upon check in, students are matched with a roommate at check in.

    What are the times for checking in and out?
    Early check-in will be from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the evening of July 13. We encourage families who are traveling long distances to utilize this check- in. On the morning of July 14, check-in will be at Lyon Hall from 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 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 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the last day of orientation.

    Will the students be supervised?
    Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants (RAs) will be staying with new students in Gilbert Hall. 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 range in variety and are sponsored by our Campus Activities Board. These events are planned by students for students.

    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 online. 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