Get Oriented

The New Student Orientation week, August 17-25, 2019, is the time for first-year and transfer students to get their bearings and prepare for the year ahead.

Welcome NOVO COLLEGIATES!

Congratulations and Welcome Home!

We are looking forward to meeting you soon.

In the meantime, review the helpful information below as you prepare for Orientation, which begins August 17.

You can use our checklist below to keep you on track, access required forms and additional resources on campus, and learn how to reach us.

You can also browse the schedule for the week, meet our Orientation Leaders and learn about the Common Challenge, an opportunity for the class of 2023 to make an impact at New College at the community.

International Student Orientation begins August 15. Students coming from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are invited to attend International Student Orientation.

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

First-Year Seminars

New College launches a new First-Year Seminar program for students entering Fall 2019.

Read more

Stay up to date:

Incoming students will receive a monthly newsletter with important enrollment and financial aid information, campus news, and other event details. Read the latest issue here:

May 2019 newsletter: Learn about the Day At The Bay, and join the 2019 Common Challenge.
June 2019 newsletter: Introducing the First-Year Seminar program and other awesome programs designed especially for you – our incoming students!
July 2019 Newsletter: Have you taken the Common Challenge yet? You can also check out a handy packing list.

Day at the bay

Incoming students had a great time July 20 at Day at the Bay. They had the chance to meet classmates on the Bayfront for water activities, yard games, and a trolley tour of Sarasota. New College provided lunch, and staff answered lots of questions during a round-table discussion. Here’s a look at the day:

Important Information

  • Check your personal email account for your NetID (also known as your “N#” or “N number”). Use this and the directions enclosed to access your NCF email account. Check this account regularly, as all college correspondence will be sent there.
  • If you have not already, submit to the Admissions Team your:
    • Financial Aid Forms
    • Final High School Transcripts, and
    • Dual Enrollment or previous College Transcripts (if applicable).
  • Visit the MyNCF Portal  to sign up for housing. Select Housing Registration and follow the prompts to sign up. Register as a new student and use your NCF email account. If you are interested in applying to a Living Learning Community, please find information on applying under “Specialty Housing” after you’ve completed the general housing application. (Note: Housing Selection is announced when all required forms have been submitted.)
  • Review and submit all required forms. A brief list is below and more detailed descriptions follow in a subsequent heading.
  • Want to find out what forms have been processed? Visit your MyNCF portal and find the NewCleis tile. The last link on that page shows your submitted, processed, and rejected forms.
  • If Applicable: Students requiring disability accommodations should contact Student Disability Services (SDS) immediately to begin the registration process. Please email: disabilityservices@ncf.edu.
  • If Applicable: If your Financial Aid award was flagged for Verification or Exceptions, please contact the Financial Aid office. Additional documents will be required no later than June 30, 2019.
  • Register for Orientation for you and your guest(s).
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below, to learn what to pack, join our Facebook page, and get excited – because we definitely are!
  • Please complete the the Writing Resource Center and the Quantitative Resource Center assessments.
  • Financial Aid and Title IV : Please complete this form to authorize the College to use any excess financial aid and scholarship funds for book advances at the New College of Florida bookstore during the first two weeks of the semester, up to $600. Any excess funds will be refunded to you.
  • Residency Declaration: Residency for Tuition Purposes refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your tuition cost. Please follow the instructions on this form and upload documentation as needed. If you are a dependent student claiming Florida residency, both you and your parent will fill out portions of the form. If you are not claiming Florida residency and/or you are an independent student, you will fill it out yourself.
  • Contacts/Emergency Notification Form and Emergency Evacuation Form: These forms request contact information for various parties and is only intended for business/emergency purposes. There are also questions related to your plans in the event of an emergency. While we hope to never have to use this information, it is important for us to have it on file. This helps us know your plans and how to contact you swiftly in the event of a large-scale emergency or campus closure.
  • FERPA Disclosure (voluntary) : Filling out this form is voluntary. There are three sections. The first is the “Student Information” section. Please fill out this section completely, including checking one of the certifications for tax status options. The second section is where you may grant us permission to disclose information from your education record if you are unsure of your dependency status or if you are not claimed by your parents as a dependent. The third section is the “Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) Information” section. We ask that you completely fill out this section. However, the most important information we need is your parent(s) or guardian(s) name(s) and the cell phone number for each parent/guardian listed. A FERPA Disclosure is required to speak with your parent or guardian about your student financial account.
  • Immunization and Health History: These forms are legally required in order for you to register for housing, classes and financial aid at New College. Please do not wait to begin this process, as obtaining the required medical documents can sometimes be a lengthy process. These forms are confidential and are kept on record with our Counseling and Wellness Center. You will not be registered for classes and tuition and fees will not be placed on your account until these have been submitted.
  • Risk Acknowledgement/Liability Waiver: This waiver allows you to participate in New College events and activities on and off campus. Uploading your photo now will allow expedited processing of your ID card application. 
  • Photo Release/NCF ID Request Form: Submit a photo to be used for your student ID and share with us your photo release preferences.
  • Direct Deposit Form : Direct Deposit is New College’s standard reimbursement process for Student refunds. Refunds are processed weekly for students with direct deposit, and only twice per month for other students.
  • Bystander Intervention Training (invitation received through email) : This training will begin the discussion (continued during Orientation) about forming community through inclusion and standing up for your community members.
  • Common Challenge Information (information listed below and received through email): Common Challenge is designed to introduce you to a common topic or idea that affects the campus and the local communities. Partnered with New College’s long tradition of community engagement and involvement, we are putting a different spin on this program for 2019. Resources and additional information can be found below.
  • Orientation Registration Link: This is how you’re able to pay for Orientation. This also lets us know you’re coming so we can keep you in mind as we continue preparations for all of the great things we want to show you and your guests about our community!
  • What will we be doing at Orientation?

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, your orientation leader, and begin building your support network that will help to carry you forward through graduation.

  • What is an Orientation Leader?

Every new student is assigned to an “Orientation Group.” Each group has an upper-year student hired 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! Meet your Orientation Leaders here.

  • Do I have to live on campus?

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 Student Disability Services team.

  • I have special dietary restrictions. Will those be accommodated?

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 your accommodations needed. 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 the Metz website for more information on pricing and sample menus.

  • I really like to [insert fun activity here]. Do you have a club/event for that?

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.

  • What should I bring to Orientation?

We made a great list – not only of what to bring, but also what not to bring. Check it out here!

  • Can I bring my car? What is the cost for parking?

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 many other value and/or short term parking options. More parking information can be found on our Parking Services Site.

  • Did you receive your financial aid award? Was it flagged for Verification or Exceptions? Additional documents are due no later than June 30, 2019.

Our Office of Financial Aid is here to help! Check out their website for information and frequently asked questions.

There are other offices on campus who may be able to provide you with helpful answers. Please take a look at these great resources below.

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

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

Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO)
The Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity at New College is a robust, centralized department featuring services and resources focusing on career development and career readiness for New College of Florida students and alumnae/i.

Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC)
Our Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of health and wellness services including fitness and recreation, medical health services, individual and group counseling services, health education, and victim advocacy.

Course Offerings
View current and past course offerings to see all the exciting possibilities, as well as the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

Financial Aid
Our financial aid team plays an active role in making a New College education affordable. Review their page for information about loans, grants, scholarships, and tuition information.

Student Disability Services (SDS)
For general information on support services for students with disabilities.

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.

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

Student Account Information 
Helpful information related to financial aid, payments and billing, terminology and more.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Please reach out and contact us if there is any way we can support you as you prepare for this new and exciting next step.

Email: orientation@ncf.edu
Phone: 941-487-4500
Class of 2023 Facebook

We can’t tell you enough how excited we are to meet you in person and help you begin (and succeed throughout!) this journey.

Congratulations New Novo!!

More information


Orientation Schedule

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

Read more here

Orientation Leaders

Meet your Fall 2019 Orientation Leaders

Read more here

Common Challenge

The Common Challenge is an opportunity for the class of 2023 to make an impact at New College and in Sarasota within the first few days of arriving on campus.

Join the 2019 Common Challenge!