Frequently Asked Questions

I've been accepted. What's next?

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of West Florida! You will find UWF to be an exciting, challenging, and inspiring place to learn. Orientation is MANDATORY for all freshman students. Orientation for transfer students is an optional (but highly encouraged) next step for your enrollment at the University of West Florida.

How do I register for orientation?

To register for orientation, go to MyUWF, log in using your UWF ID #, search and click "Orientation Registration for Undergraduate Students", select your entry semester (e.g., Fall 2017) and complete your registration. 

How much does orientation cost?

 

Summer/Fall 2017 Costs
 Freshmen 2-Day SessionsParent/GuestTransfer OnlineTransfer Registration Day
Total Cost $121.50 $60 $16.50 $46.50
Detailed Breakdown   
Sales Tax  $4.30  $2.10  Not Applicable $1.16
Housing  $25  Not Provided  Not Applicable Not Provided
Food  $32.20  $27.90  Not Applicable $15.34
Orientation Fee  $50  $30  $16.50 $20
Nautilus Card  $10  Not Applicable  Not Provided $10
5 steps to making your orientation registration:

You must register for orientation online at MyUWF.
1. Log on to your MyUWF account.
2. Search Orientation Registration for Undergraduate Student.
3. Select a session date and fill out the form completely. (Please include your preferred email address and your parent's email address because email is our main form of communication.)
4. Click on Save at the bottom of the page.
5. Pay your orientation fee with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card to complete your reservation. 

Online registration enables you to view the availability of orientation sessions immediately. Reservations for each session are limited. Once a session date fills to capacity, it is closed. A confirmation email with detailed information will be sent prior to your orientation session. Once you submit your orientation registration and payment, your space is reserved for the session you selected.

What is the policy for orientation fees, cancellations and refunds?

All costs associated with orientation are non-refundable. As part of your orientation registration you will be required to pay all associated fees, including those for any guests. Your spot at orientation will be reserved upon registration and payment completion. Orientation fees vary based off session type. All fees cover operation costs, program materials, meals, and your UWF Nautilus Student ID Card. 

What do I do at orientation?

At orientation you will finalize your class schedule, learn about the vast array of valuable campus resources, discover numerous involvement opportunities, and make connections with other students.

What should I bring to orientation?

Freshman students attending a summer 2-day orientation session need to bring the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Sheets for an extra-long twin size bed/Comforter/Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Rain jacket/Umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Gym clothes
  • Tennis shoes
  • Clothes for day 2 of orientation

Freshman and Transfer students attending a 1-day orientation session need to bring the following:

  • Government-issued photo ID

ALL Students Before Orientation:

No one from my school is going to UWF, so I won't know anyone. Will I have the opportunity to make new friends?

Don't worry! You will have the opportunity to make friends through the Splash Group meetings, other extended orientation events like Argo Camp, and Argo Arrival (during the first week of the fall semester).

Why do I have an orientation hold on my account?

An orientation hold is put into place to ensure that you attend orientation. The hold blocks your ability to register for classes until you complete orientation. Once you complete orientation, the hold will be lifted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Your registration can also be blocked by the following additional holds: Advising, Immunizations, Financial and Parking Fines, etc.

How do I register for classes?

Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 Freshman Students
You will meet with an academic advisor individually during orientation and register for classes. Academic advisors will guide you in course selection, update your degree progress, and share information on any relevant academic policies and procedures. Academic advisors serve as a guide and mentor throughout your academic pursuit at UWF. Parents and families are not allowed to attend the advising appointment. If you attend the last orientation session, there will still be plenty of classes to register for. However, the dates and/or times of the remaining classes may not be the most preferred. In any case, academic advisors will work with you to secure proper course placement.

Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 Transfer Students
Contact your academic advisor to discuss your course selection options. This can be done at any time after you have confirmed your acceptance to UWF.

How do I get my Nautilus Student ID Card?

Freshman students and transfer students who attend Transfer Registration Day will receive their Nautilus Student ID Cards during orientation. Transfer students who complete Transfer Online Orientation will pay for and pick up their Nautilus Student ID Card after they meet with their academic advisor and register for classes while on campus.

What will my family do at orientation?

Parents and families can attend orientation at the same time as their student. They will have the opportunity to attend information sessions specific to them, meet university administrators and faculty, and become informed about academic programs, policies, facilities, and services.

We currently do not offer a sibling orientation program. Any siblings or guests under the age of 13 are not required to be registered for orientation. However, all meal costs will be the responsibility of the parent.

Where will we stay?

Spring 2017 Freshman and Summer/Fall 2017 Transfer Students (1 Day Session)
Housing is not provided since your orientation is only 1 day. If you live outside of the greater Pensacola area, you may need to arrange lodging accommodations and transportation to campus.

Summer/Fall 2017 Freshman Students (2 Day Session)
You are required to stay overnight on campus in a residence hall room with a student roommate also attending orientation between day 1 and day 2. If a parent or family member comes with you and they live outside of the greater Pensacola area, they will need to arrange lodging accommodations and transportation to campus. 

Coming in the night before?

If you are a freshman student attending a 2-day orientation session AND from outside the Pensacola area, contact Housing & Residence Life at (850) 474-2463 to request to stay in a residence hall room the night before day 1 of orientation.

What if my plans change?

We appreciate notice of cancellation for orientation. Please notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via phone at (850) 473-7229 or via email at orientation@uwf.edu should you decide not to come to orientation. To withdraw your admissions application, please visit uwf.edu/cancelapp or call the Office Undergraduate Admissions via phone at (850) 474-2230 or via email at admissions@uwf.eduPlease keep in mind that all fees associated with orientation are non-refundable.

What if I need to change sessions?

Please check all schedules and consider your plans prior to registering for orientation. However, if after completing your registration you find it necessary to change session dates you can make this adjustment up to one week prior to your originally scheduled session. If you need to update your registration less than one week prior to your orientation, you must consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (850) 473-7229 or orientation@uwf.edu. Remember that all fees associated with orientation are non-refundable. 

To make updates to your orientation registration date selection:
1. Go to MyUWF.
2. Log in using the UWF ID # provided in your admission letter.
3. Click on Orientation Registration for Undergraduate Student (where your completed registration form will appear).
4. Click on Dates on the left-side navigation bar.
5. Choose your preferred orientation session date.

How will we get there?

Driving from Interstate 10
Take Exit 13 (Davis Highway) and go north. Follow the signs to University Parkway. Turn left onto University Parkway. Follow University Parkway until it comes to a dead end. The dead end puts you at Campus Drive. Turn left onto Campus Drive and follow the orientation check-in signs.

Driving from Highway 90
Enter onto the campus via Campus Drive. Turn onto Campus Drive and follow the orientation check-in signs.

Air Travel
Commercial air travel is available in Pensacola through the Pensacola International Airport (PNS). We are unable to pick up students, parents or families from the airport due to insurance and liability concerns. We encourage you to either contact a local taxi service or make other travel arrangements before arriving to campus. However, in emergency situations, you may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 850-473-7229.

Please visit our Visitors Center webpage for detailed travel information, including downloadable campus maps.

Do I need a parking pass for orientation?

Yes. A parking pass will be included in your welcome packet, which will be emailed to you shortly before your selected session.

Does tuition need to be paid at orientation?

No. Once you finalize your course schedule, a payment amount will be posted to your student account. Payment for tuition and fees is required by the end of the drop/add period of each term in which you are registered for classes.

Have I done everything?

1. Check the orientation dates available and make sure there are no conflicts with your schedule.
2. Register online at MyUWF. Include any special accommodations you may need at orientation (i.e. special diet, medical problems, etc.).
3. Submit your signed Mandatory Immunization Health History Form prior to attending orientation.
4. Look for your orientation confirmation email and make travel arrangements.
5. Read all emails from Undergraduate Admissions, Advising and Financial Aid. These emails have important information for you to consider and/or complete.
6. Submit your final transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions.
7. Verify residency classification.

 

I still have questions! Who do I contact?

Orientation is a part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of West Florida. Our contact information is:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
11000 University Parkway, Building 18 
Pensacola, FL 32514 
(850) 473-7229 
orientation@uwf.edu

Students, parents and family members with disabilities are encouraged to notify us as early as possible to allow adequate time for accommodations to be made. This includes mobility concerns, dietary needs, health conditions, or communications disorders.

If you have questions about placement testing, course placement or any other academic-related business, please contact the First Year Advising Center at (850) 474-3170.

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