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Orientation Booklet


New students are required to attend NWSA’s New Student Orientation, August 17-24, 2020. There, you will learn about the campus, become familiar with many of the services available to you, meet the deans of your division, meet other students, and much more.

Please use this link to pay the $100 non-refundable orientation fee by May 1, 2019.

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For any additional questions regarding Orientation or Admissions paperwork, contact 305.237.7408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 New Student Checklist - Freshman


How do I access my UF/MDC email?

MDC - Once you are admitted to MDC, go to mdc.edu, click on Student Portal, and then click on Create a student account.

UF – Once you are admitted to UF, you will receive an invitation code via email (the email address used on your application) to create your Gatorlink account. Once received, go to my.ufl.edu, click on “Access MYUFL”, then click “create account”, enter UFID and Invitation Code. If you have not received your invitation code by email, call the Helpdesk at 352.392.4357. Remember, once admitted, UF only communicates to students via your UF email account, you will not be able to forward your UF email to another email address.

Are meals provided during Orientation?

Yes, meals will be provided for all participating students each day of Orientation beginning with continental breakfast on Sunday, August 18, 2019.  

When do I register for classes?

New students will be contacted by their divisions to schedule advisement and registration appointments beginning in late May. Division assistants will register students for their arts and academic courses. The NWSA division assistants serve as your academic advisors for your lower and upper level courses. We strongly recommend that students utilize their division assistants as they are most familiar with the NWSA curriculum. You will also have an opportunity during Orientation week to make changes to your schedule.

*MDC may contact you regarding attendance at a Miami Dade College New Student Orientation session. NWSA’s orientation serves as your orientation, so you are exempt from attending any sessions hosted by MDC.

I need to move to Miami, how can I find out about off campus housing?

Refer to our housing guide at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/nwsa-parent-resources-college-housing/nwsa-parent-resources-college-housing.html. We also have a Roommate Finder application located in that link as well. The Roommate Finder is a way for future students to find suitable roommates and living arrangements in the Miami area. Students who turn in their Roommate Finder application will be placed on a list serve and will receive listings for available housing as they come available.

Who do I call if I have more questions about NWSA and the admissions process?

NWSA Student Services:
Student Services Department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 305.237.7408

International Student Services (I20 and Visa information):
MDC – International Students Office, http://www.mdc.edu/internationalstudents/, 305.237.7993
UF – International Student Services, https://www.ufic.ufl.edu/iss/, 352.392.5323

Parent and Family Information:
Parents are invited to attend the Parent & Student Orientation Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 9:00am until Noon. There, students and parents will be able to witness current students and faculty performances and receive important information about financial aid, safety, and student life at NWSA. An invitation with driving and parking directions will be mailed in July.