Get Oriented

The New Student Orientation, January 26th and 27th, 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. There’s also time built in to meet one on one with your faculty advisor as well as have your own personal consultation with staff members of the Registrar’s office and the office of Financial Aid.

Orientation is going to look a little bit different this year. You’ll have the option to participate remotely or in-person. Either way, you’ll be assigned to a group led by a Student Success Coach, who will help you navigate all there is to learn in the few days leading up to classes starting. 

If you’re planning to take your classes remotely online, there will be an online orientation course for you to complete, supplemented with live video calls with your Student Success Coach and fellow group members so that you can begin connecting with your classmates even from afar. 

If you plan on attending classes in-person, we have a small-groups style orientation planned for you. You and your orientation group will meet in person each day  where you’ll participate in various discussions, activities, and sessions.

For those of you attending in-person, we will be taking every precaution including sitting at a distance from one another, encouraging frequent handwashing, and wearing masks. So be sure you have a couple ready to wear your first week on campus!

Those of you living on campus will coordinate with Housing and Residence Life to communicate your check-in time on January 25th and Orientation will continue through January 27th.

View the Spring 2021 Orientation Schedule


January 25th – Move-in

January 26th-January 27th – Orientation

January 28th – 29th – Mini-Classes

February 1st – First Day of Classes

How to Register:

Step 1: We hope you are as excited about starting this new chapter as we are! If you haven’t done so already, register for orientation here.

Step 2: Be sure to pay the orientation registration fee here.

Please contact the Office of Orientation ( with any questions about orientation.


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 Student Success Coaches to begin building your support network that will help to carry you forward through graduation.

  • What is a Student Success Coach?

Every new Spring student is assigned to a Student Success Coach (SSC). These are students who work in the Office of Student Success and meet with fellow students regularly to talk about strategies to create a positive semester. Each SSC is 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.

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.

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 and transfer programs, student activities, student groups and volunteer opportunities on and off-campus.

Phone: 941-487-4505

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.