Get Oriented

The New Student Orientation week, August 19-27, 2017, is the time for first-year and transfer students to get their bearings and prepare for the year ahead.

Welcome to New College!

Congratulations, and welcome to your new home! At New College, first-year and transfer students attend a special extended New Student and Transfer Orientation (August 19-27, 2017) that will help you prepare to navigate our academic program and allow you the opportunity to meet the new friends and network that will get you to your graduation day. No matter what path you’re coming to us from, you’ve charted the right course to your future with New College and Orientation is the first step. Orientation is a requirement at New College, and students should plan on attending the whole week of activities.

In order to start at New College, there are a number of items that we need to get you started – don’t worry – there is lots of time to get in what you need. The checklist below serves as a guide to get you started. We’ve organized it by due date, so keep checking back and make sure you have what you need. You’ll also get a copy in the mail!

If you have any questions, you can reach the Orientation Team at or by calling 941-487-4548.

Accommodation Requests:

The Office of Student Disability Services would like to extend our congratulations to you on your admission to the New College of Florida!  For students with disabilities requiring accommodations during Orientation, requests can be sent through Meighen Hopton, the Director of Student Disability Services. Student Disability Services and Orientation will work in collaboration to ensure the implementation of required accommodations.

Please note that Student Affairs does not provide individual golf cart rides to students as an accommodation, however, students with mobility-related disabilities may request golf cart rides ahead of time for special events during Orientation, such as Campus Tours.

Below is contact information for accommodations:

Director of Student Disability Services:
Meighen Hopton / 941-487-4496


New Student Housing will open May 1. Visit the New College Residential Life page to sign up for housing. Select “Applying for Housing?” and follow the prompts to “sign up”. We recommend using your New College email account. Be sure to register as a “new student.”

Note that in order to apply for housing, you’ll also need to complete the housing contract and your meal plan agreement.If you are applying to a Living Learning Community, you will need to fill out a separate application under “specialty housing” only after you complete the Housing Application.

Housing assignments are being sent on a rolling basis. Check your New College e-mail account to see where you are placed for Fall 2017!

DUE JUNE 15, 2017:

  • Financial Aid Forms

DUE JUNE 30, 2017:

Important Information and Campus Resources


2017-2018 Estimated Cost of Attendance
Meal Plans
Packing List


Financial Aid awards will be mailed beginning in late January. To obtain a complete award, be sure you have filed the 2017-2018 FAFSA at Release the FAFSA to New College using code #039574.

Were you selected for Verification when you filed the FAFSA? If so, you will need to submit additional items to the Financial Aid office. Your SAR (Student Aid Report) will have an asterisk next to the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) if you were selected. Your award letter will also be stamped “Selected for Verification”. Please see relevant information and forms here.

Are you an in-state student and wondering about state aid? You can obtain info here and also at the State of Florida website.

Once you receive your Financial Aid Award Letter, if you’d like to estimate your bottom line costs, you can use our online Payment Worksheet.

Interested in any outside scholarships we are aware of? Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter at New College of Florida Financial Aid for complete postings. You can also check our Private Scholarship page for any listings of local scholarships.

Contemplating student loans? There is very good information here about budgeting and calculating payments.

Additional Resources

Paying for your College Education
Learn what is needed by the Business Office to discuss your account with your parents or others; how and when to pay for your education.

Just the Facts Brochure 
Helpful information related to financial aid, payments and billing, terminology and more!

Residential Life
Welcome home. Click to find the answers to your commonly asked questions and see photos and floor plans of the residence halls.

Course Offerings
View current and past course offerings to see all the exciting possibilities, as well as the 2017-2018 academic calendar.

Academic Advising
Learn how to choose your classes and get your academic advisor.

Student Life
Learn about the many first-year programs, student activities, student groups and volunteer opportunities on and off-campus.

Life after New College
Learn much more about the many doors that open for our graduates.

Campus Police
Review important safety information and learn about the services Campus Police provides to the New College community.

Information Technology
Learn more about your New College email address, computer specifications and the wireless networks on campus.

Get Connected, Stay Connected
Meet your admissions counselor, information for guidance counselors, join our Facebook group, meet our Student Admissions Representatives (STARs), and find out when we are coming to a town near you.

Disability Services
For general information on support services for students with disabilities.

Off-Campus Study and Study Abroad
It is never too early to start planning for a semester or year abroad or at another U.S. institution. Learn more about planning for success, academically and financially.

Learn more about our library services and be sure to take a moment and Meet our Librarians!

More Information

Orientation Schedule

Orientation week is busy. Check here to get the latest schedule.

Read more here

Orientation Leaders

Meet your Fall 2017 Orientation Leaders.

Read more here