The New Student Orientation, August 21st-24th, is the time for first-year and transfer students to get their bearings and prepare for the year ahead.
Welcome Novo Collegians!
The first tradition in starting your New College experience is Orientation. Orientation helps make this transition as smooth as possible by connecting you with tons of campus resources, creating opportunities to make new friends, and making sure all of your questions are answered. You’ll even get to meet with your Faculty Advisor during this time!
Throughout Orientation, you’ll be assigned to a group led by an Orientation Leader (OL) who will help you navigate all there is to learn in the days leading up to classes starting.
During the summer you will be invited to join the Online Orientation Canvas Course in order to complete a short series of modules before arriving on campus in August for the in-person portion of Orientation. After arriving on campus, you will meet your Orientation Leader who will lead you and your group in various discussions, activities, and sessions. These in-person activities will allow you to learn about the campus and connect with your peers.
Important Fall Dates
- August 21st – Move-In (Orientation activities begin in the afternoon on this day)
- August 21st-24th – Orientation
- August 25th-26th – Mini-Classes
- August 29th – First Day of Classes
Please contact the Office of Orientation (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about Orientation.
Registration for Orientation is a two-step process. You will first need to register. After registering for Orientation, you will need to pay your Orientation fee.
Check back in June for the Fall 2022 Orientation Schedule!
Information for Families and Guests
We know there is a lot to think about when preparing for your student’s arrival at New College for the first time. We also recognize the vital role families and loved ones play in the success of most undergraduate students.
With this in mind, it is an NCF tradition to offer a Family Summer Series to give you an opportunity to meet us virtually, answer your questions, and share useful information for supporting your student as they start this next chapter. Please check in soon for more information and specific dates/time!
Want to experience the campus in person and learn how to support your student as we introduce them to their new home? Sign up for one of our optional Welcome Wednesday: A Day At the Bay pre-orientation event days.
Offered on June 22, 2022 or July 20, 2022, you’ll get to spend a day on our campus alongside your student as they meet their classmates! Preview our classrooms, talk with our campus partners, enjoy lunch on us, and see where your student will be living and dining as they experience a day of immersive programming.
Register for one of the pre-orientation session dates below.
All Family and Guest Orientation activities and sessions will take place on Sunday, August 21st.
Orientation will begin on Sunday August 21st with New Student Check-In. Lunch will be provided to families who have paid the Family and Guest Orientation Fee. Following lunch there will be a series of informational sessions specifically for families and guests. These will give families the opportunity to receive information about academics, career services, how to support students throughout their journey, and more! During the informational sessions, students will have their own sessions, which are separate from the family sessions. That evening students and families will get a chance to participate in the long-standing tradition of watching the sunset at the bay.
Many hotels close to campus offer special rates for New College families. Plan your visit to Sarasota!
Orientation is an opportunity for you to learn about all facets of college – culture, academics, expectations, student life, policies, and just generally navigating our campus and surrounding community. We hope that you connect with your peers and your Orientation Leaders to begin building your support network that will help to carry you forward through graduation.
Every new student is assigned to an “Orientation Group.” Each group has a returning student assigned to provide guidance, support and answers from a student’s perspective on life at New College. This person will serve not only to help you navigate your Orientation schedule, but also how to choose classes, complete your academic contract, and make sure you start your semester off strong!
Yes. We will do our best to accommodate your dietary needs during Orientation and throughout your time with New College. On your Orientation Registration, please indicate all dietary restrictions. Throughout your time with New College, communicate needs with our food service provider, Metz Culinary Services, as they work diligently to accommodate all student needs. Please visit our Campus Dining page more information on pricing and sample menus.
New College has more than 60 active clubs on campus! BUT, If we don’t have the club on campus that speaks to your interest, you can start one! Check out our Student Activities page for more information. This is something we will definitely talk about during Orientation. We want you to be able to make your college experience your own – and help you to connect with others who share your interests.
First-year and transfer students are permitted to have a car on campus their first year. The cost for a traditional annual parking pass is $75. However, there are short term parking options. More parking information can be found from Parking Services.
Get Ready for New!
You are about to embark on an exhilarating collegiate experience. New College—your new home—awaits your brilliance.
We have a range of programs, resources and services to help you thrive at New College, from assistance with academic and career planning, to your health and well-being on campus.