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 during the coming years.
To help with your transition, we have planned specific orientation programs for first time in college (FTIC) students, transfer students, parents and family members. Your next step is to register for and attend orientation.
Orientation is required for all incoming students. This includes FTIC students with less than 30 credit hours and transfer students with 30 or more credit hours (not including dual enrollment). FTIC students must attend an on-campus orientation. Transfer students have the option to attend an on-campus orientation session OR complete their requirement through the online orientation.
How do I register for orientation?
You must register for orientation on my.uwf.edu. Go to MyUWF, log in using your UWF ID #, search and click Orientation Registration for Undergraduate Students, select Fall 2014 and complete the reservation. Keep in mind that orientation fees are nonrefundable, so be certain before you make your reservation.
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 Students.
3. Select a session date and fill out the form completely. (Please include your email address and your parent email address as 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 two weeks prior to your orientation session. Once you submit your orientation registration and payment, your space is reserved for the session you selected.
How much does orientation cost?
• Transfer Students (1 Day): $75
• Transfer Online Orientation: $60
• Transfer Guests (1 Day): $60
• Transfer Siblings Ages 5-16 (1 Day): $10
• FTIC Students (2 Days): $155
• FTIC Guests (2 Days): $95
• FTIC Siblings Ages 5-16 (2 Days): $40
• All Siblings Ages 4 and Under: FREE (no registration needed)
Student fees include overnight housing, meals, student ID Nautilus card, programming costs, t-shirt, tax, program materials, Common Read book and AlcoholEdu & Haven. Guest fees include meals, program materials, tax and orientation programming costs. Student housing is required, but parents and families are responsible for their own lodging.
What is the policy for orientation fees, cancellations and refunds?
All fees associated with orientation are non-refundable. This includes student and guest registration fees, cancellations, student and guest reservation changes, meals, overnight housing for students, tax, program materials, etc. Once you register for orientation, you will be prompted to pay orientation fees. Your spot at orientation will be reserved upon payment completion. They are not refundable, so be very certain before you make your reservations. (For example, if you are a transfer student registered for an on-campus orientation and you decide to switch to the online orientation, you will not receive a refund for the price difference.)
What do I do at orientation?
You will learn about financial aid and services, parking information, writing lab and other tutoring resources, how to get involved in student activities, residence life and housing information, and personal safety tips. You will also meet other students, faculty members, academic advisors and register for classes.
What should I bring to orientation?
• Transfer Students: Government-issued photo ID
• FTIC Students: Government-issued photo ID, pillow, extra-long sheets for a twin-size bed, towel and washcloth, clothes for Day 2, comfortable shoes for walking, toiletries, alarm clock, rain gear, umbrella, close-toed shoes and comfortable clothes to move around in for the Recreation Center.
No one from my school is going to UWF, so I won't know anyone. How will I survive?
Fall 2014 FTIC Students
You will have the opportunity to make friends through the Argo-to-Argo group meetings, other extended orientation events like Argo Camp (prior to the start of the fall semester), 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 Student Transition Programs. Your registration can be blocked by the following holds: Advising, Immunizations, Financial and Parking Fines.
How do I register for classes?
Fall 2014 FTIC 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. Please visit the First Year Advising Center website at uwf.edu/advising for detailed information about the academic advising process.
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 preferable. In any case, academic advisors will work with you to secure proper course placement.
Fall 2014 Transfer Students
In order to register for classes, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your college of major only after attending orientation.
How do I get my student ID Nautilus card?
Students will be escorted to the Nautilus Card Office during orientation to have their pictures taken. The initial student ID card costs $10 and is built into the orientation fee. You will receive your student ID Nautilus card at the end of orientation, after the completion of an evaluation.
What will my family do at orientation?
We operate an on-campus, two-day family orientation concurrently with student orientation. Parents and families will attend orientation at the same time as you. They will have the opportunity to meet university administrators and faculty, and become informed about academic programs, policies, facilities, and services. Although it is a separate program, there will be opportunities for students, parents and families to learn new information within a few joint sessions.
We encourage all parents and family members to join the dues-free UWF Family Association online at uwf.edu/family/association/join. Our monthly e-newsletter and news and safety information updates will keep your family posted on all of the latest events happening at UWF.
Where will we stay?
You are required to stay on campus in a residence hall with a roommate on the night of Day 1. You are not permitted to stay in locations off campus during orientation. The cost for this overnight stay is included in the orientation registration charge. Parents and families are responsible for their own accommodations. Please visit Lodging for a listing of hotels and motels in the Pensacola area.
If you are attending the late orientation on August 20-21st and living on campus in the Fall, you will be able to move into your residence hall room from 1-5 p.m. on August 19th. Orientation Check-In starts at 8 a.m. on August 20th at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Bldg. 82). If you are living off campus in the Fall, you need to arrange lodging accommodations and transportation to campus.
Housing is not provided or required since your orientation session is only one day.
Coming in the night before?
Fall 2014 FTIC Students
If you need to arrive the night before the session starts, students may come a day early and/or stay a day later if necessary. Housing will accommodate early and/or late arrivals. Additional nights are charged to the student account at a rate of $20 per night. Keys not returned at check-out will be charged a $75 replacement fee. To request additional nights, fill out the Addiitonal Nights Request form.
Parents and families are responsible for their own accommodations. Please visit lodging for a listing of hotels and motels in the Pensacola area.
What if my plans change?
We appreciate notice of cancellation for orientation. Please notify Student Transition Programs via phone at (850) 473-7229 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you decide not to come to orientation. The official notice of withdrawal should be communicated to UWF Admissions via phone at (850) 474-2230 or via email at email@example.com. Please keep in mind that all fees associated with orientation are non-refundable.
What if I need to change sessions?
Parents and students – please check all schedules and discuss your plans prior to registering for orientation. If you arrive to the orientation session and find that you will not be able to attend the full session, you may be asked to repeat the orientation session when you can stay the entire length of time. As a result, an orientation hold will be placed on your account and will not be lifted until an entire session is completed.
You may change sessions, add a guest or make other edits to your orientation registration even after submitting your payment. Edits to your orientation registration may be completed up to one week prior to your orientation session on MyUWF. If you request edits to your registration less than one week prior to your orientation, you must consult with the Student Transition Programs at (850) 473-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that all fees associated with orientation are non-refundable, so be very certain before you make your reservations.
1. Go to MyUWF.
2. Log in using the UWF ID # provided in your admission letter.
3. Click on Orientation Registration for Undergraduate Students (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 left onto Campus Drive and follow the orientation check-in signs.
Fall 2014 FTIC Students: Follow Campus Drive around to Parking Lot Y. Check-in is from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at Martin Hall (Building 920). You will receive your room assignment for the night at check-in. Guests check-in is from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82).
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 use the phone lines in Student Transition Programs (Building 21, Suite 110).
Have I done everything?
1. Check your summer plans for dates available for orientation and any possible conflicts.
2. Register online at MyUWF.
3. Make sure you have submitted your immunization records prior to attending orientation!
4. Include on your registration information regarding special accommodations you may need at orientation (i.e. special diet, medical problems, etc.)
5. Look for the confirmation email from orientation and make travel arrangements.
I still have questions! Who do I contact?
Orientation is a part of Student Transition Programs at the University of West Florida. Our contact information is:
Student Transition Programs
11000 University Parkway, Building 21, Suite 110
Pensacola, FL 32514
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.