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Frequently Asked Questions 

Who may stay overnight on campus?

All new students are invited to stay on campus. Orientation is designed for both out-of-town and local first year students starting school in the Fall semester. 

Can my parents 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. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with select faculty members and meet current UWA students.

How many nights is lodging available? 

Accommodations are for one night, between day one and day two of Freshman Orientation. 

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?

There are several hotels near Livingston that offer overnight accommodations for parents and guests.

What should I bring since I am staying overnight? 

You will need to bring bed linens for a twin XL bed, a light blanket or sleeping bag works well. Don’t forget a pillow, towel, personal items, and shower toiletries.

Will students be sharing a room?

Yes, students are matched with a roommate at check-in. 


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 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

Where can I register for Orientation?

Orientation registration is now available for all sessions. You can register for Orientation here