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.
Orientation is MANDATORY for all first time in college (FTIC) students. FTIC students are required to attend an on-campus orientation. Orientation registration is only open to students starting in Spring 2015 currently. Orientation registration for students starting in Summer/Fall 2015 will open in mid-February. More information will be available in January.
Orientation for Transfer students is an optional (but highly encouraged) next step for your enrollment at the University of West Florida. You may choose to complete the online program and finish up face-to-face during our Transfer Express half-day program, which will provide you with an opportunity to connect with your academic advisor, learn about UWF, and receive the information necessary to successfully transition to UWF. The cost is $60. If you prefer the online-only option, the cost is $50. You will contact your academic advisor on your own to discuss registration and course selection options. For more information on advising, please visit the following link: http://uwf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/life-at-uwf/student-next-steps/academic-advising-directory/
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 your admittance semester (ex. Spring 2015) 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 preferred email address and your parent's 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 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?
The following orientation sessions are offered for students starting in Spring 2015.
- Transfer Student Online Orientation and Transfer Express: $60
- Transfer Student Online Orientation ONLY: $50
- FTIC Student: $75
- FTIC Guest: $25
What is the policy for orientation fees, cancellations and refunds?
All fees associated with orientation are non-refundable. This includes student and parent registration fees, cancellations, student and parent reservation changes, meals, 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.
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. If you are attending an on-campus orientation, you will also meet other students, faculty members, academic advisors and register for classes.
What should I bring to orientation?
Students starting in Spring 2015 need to bring a government-issued photo ID.
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?
Spring 2015 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.
Spring 2015 Transfer Students
Transfer Orientation for students starting in Spring 2015 is an option (but highly encouraged) next step for your enrollment at the University of West Florida. UWF offers a variety of orientation options, including face-to-face or online, that provide you with an opportunity to connect with your academic advisor, learn about UWF and receive the information necessary to successfully transition to UWF. You may choose to complete the online program and finish up face-to-face during our Transfer Express half-day program or the online-only option and contact your advisor to discuss registration and course selection options at the following link: http://uwf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/life-at-uwf/student-next-steps/academic-advising-directory/
UWF's Transfer Student Orientation options include:
Online Orientation and Transfer Express
Cost - $60 ($10 is included in this fee for your Nautilus ID Card.) The Transfer Express program includes a campus welcome, visit to the Nautilus ID Card Office and a meeting with your Academic Advisor in your College of study. You may also take care of any other business while you are on campus. Transfer Express will be held on January 5, 2015, 8 a.m.-12 Noon.
Online Orientation ONLY
Cost - $50
We suggest you contact and meet with your Academic Advisor as soon as possible to discuss your course selection options. This can be done at any time after you have confirmed your acceptance to UWF. Please review the New Transfer Student - Registration & Advising Resources for additional help with the registration and advising process.
- To view Advising PINs, go to https://confluence.uwf.edu/display/public/Viewing+pins+in+MyUWF.
- To view your Degree Audit, go to http://confluence.uwf.edu/display/public/Viewing+a+degree+audit.
- To read the UWF Student Guide, go to https://confluence.uwf.edu/display/public/Student+Guide.
How do I get my student ID Nautilus card?
First time in college (FTIC) students and Transfer students who attend the Transfer Express half-day program 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 on-campus orientation fee. Students will receive their student ID (Nautilus) card at the end of orientation, after the completion of an evaluation.
Transfer students who choose to complete the Online-Only Orientation will pay for and pick up their student ID card once they meet with their academic advisor and register for classes.
Transfer students who choose to complete the Online Orientation plus Transfer Express half day program have the initial student ID card $10 fee built into the orientation fee. You will pick up your Nautilus Card at the conclusion of the Transfer Express half day program.
What will my family do at orientation?
If parents or family members choose to attend orientation with their FTIC student, the cost is $25 per person. Please note that we do not offer a sibling program during orientation. If siblings attend, their lunch will need to be paid out of pocket. Parents and families will attend orientation at the same time as their student. You will have the opportunity to meet university administrators and faculty, and become informed about academic programs, policies, facilities, and services. FTIC students, parents and families should anticipate staying through at least 4 p.m.
We do not offer a Family Orientation at Transfer student orientation sessions.
We encourage all parents and family members to join the dues-free UWF Family Association. Our monthly e-newsletter and news and safety information updates will you keep you posted on all of the latest events happening at UWF.
Where will we stay?
Housing is not provided since your orientation is only one day. If you live outside of the greater Pensacola area, you may need to arrange lodging accommodations and transportation to campus. Please visit lodging for a listing of hotels and motels in the Pensacola area.
Coming in the night before?
You are responsible for your own accommodations since it is only a one day orientation. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 the orientation dates available and make sure there are no conflicts with your schedule.
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.
6. Read all emails sent to you from Advising, Financial Aid--these emails have important information for you to consider and/or complete.
7. Complete AlcoholEdu prior to attending Orientation.
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.