Get Oriented

The New Student Orientation, August 15th-18th, is the time for first-year and transfer students to get their bearings and prepare for the year ahead.



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 few days leading up to classes starting. 

We are currently anticipating that Fall Orientation and classes will be primarily on-campus and in-person for the Fall 2021 semester. Throughout Orientation, NCF and its students will be following all current CDC guidelines that will be in place in August.

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.

Those of you living on campus will coordinate with Housing and Residence Life to communicate your check-in time on August 15th and Orientation will continue through August 18th.


August 15th – Move-In (Orientation activities begin in the afternoon on this day)

August 15th-18th – Orientation

August 19th-20th – Mini-Classes

August 23rd – First Day of Classes

Please contact the Office of Orientation ( 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.

1: Register for Orientation

2: Pay Orientation Fee

Summer Activities:

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. 

We invite you to join us weekly on Thursday evenings from 6 – 7 pm throughout July over Zoom. Email to request the Zoom links and recordings of previous sessions.

Check out the full schedule and discussion topics below!  


July 1 – What’s it like living on campus?

Res Life and Student Activities team up to share with you all that our beautiful bay front campus has to offer and the value of the residential experience.

July 8 – Why does NCF use narrative performance evaluations?

The Provost’s Office will discuss our distinct academic program and the philosophy behind it. 

July 15 – What’s possible with a liberal arts degree? Everything!

Our Director of Career Education will explain how we work to connect students to post-graduate opportunities beginning their very first year (and how incredibly marketable your student’s liberal arts degree is)!

July 22 – How can I support my student?

Hear from various support services on campus about the valuable role you play in your student’s transition to New College and how best to support them.

July 29 – What should we know before we arrive?

The Orientation Team and Res Life share some timely housekeeping items and host a general Q&A for any remaining questions you may have!

August Activities:

All Family and Guest Orientation activities and sessions will take place on Sunday, August 15th. 

Orientation will begin on Sunday August 15th with New Student Check-In from 9 AM – 12 PM. Lunch will be provided to families who have paid the Family and Guest Orientation Fee from 12 PM -1 PM. There will be information sessions for families from 3 PM – 5 PM. These will give families the opportunity to receive information about academics, career services, how to support students throughout their journey, and more! During the 3 PM – 5 PM informational sessions, students will have their own sessions, which are separate from the family sessions. From 5 PM – 7 PM, there will be a celebratory send-off reception with light refreshments at our beautiful bay front where students and families will get a chance to mingle with some of our campus partners and participate in the long-standing tradition of watching the sunset at the bay. Students will have optional evening activities starting at 8 PM.


Orientation Schedules

Important Information

  • 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 and your Orientation Leaders to 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!

  • 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 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? 

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

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We love connecting with new students! 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.