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.

Please contact the Office of Orientation (orientation@ncf.edu) with any questions about Orientation.

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.  

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 FAQ

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!

New College is a residential college where students are required to live in residence halls and participate in our meal plan system. If you have a disability requiring you to live off campus, please contact our Advocacy and Accessible Learning Center.

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.

Our Office of Financial Aid is here to help! Visit the Financial Aid section of our website for information and frequently asked questions.

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