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. You may choose to complete the online program and finish up face-to-face during our Transfer Advantage PLUS 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. Or you may complete the online-only Transfer Advantage option. Contact your academic advisor to discuss registration and course selection options.
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. Fall 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 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.
How much does orientation cost?
The following orientation sessions are offered for students starting in Summer and Fall 2015.
- $50 - Transfer Online Orientation
- $70 - Transfer Orientation
- $140 - Freshman Student
- $65 - Freshman Parent/Family Member; Additional Family Member - $35
- $85 - One Day Freshman Orientation
- $35 - One Day Freshman Orientation Parent/Family Member
What is the policy for orientation fees, cancellations and refunds?
All costs associated with orientation are non-refundable. Once you register for orientation, you will be prompted to pay orientation costs. Your spot at orientation will be reserved upon payment completion. Orientation costs are not refundable, so be very certain before you make your reservations. Orientation costs vary depending upon the type of student you are and the number of days you attend. Generally, the costs include a $50 orientation fee, program materials, meals and your UWF Nautilus Student ID Card. We do not offer a sibling program during orientation. If siblings attend, their lunch will need to be paid out of pocket.
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?
Freshman/STEM students attending a 2-day orientation session need to bring the following:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Sheets for an extra-long twin size bed/Comforter/Sleeping bag
- Rain jacket/Umbrella
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Gym clothes
- Tennis shoes
- Clothes for day 2 of orientation
- Submit signed Mandatory Immunization Health History Form to the Student Health Center
- Submit your final transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions
- Verify residency classification
No one from my school is going to UWF, so I won't know anyone. Will I have the opportunity to make new friends?
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?
Spring/Summer/Fall 2016 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 preferable. In any case, academic advisors will work with you to secure proper course placement.
Spring/Summer/Fall 2016 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 Orientation 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.
What will my family do at orientation?
If parents or family members choose to attend orientation with their freshman student, the cost is $65 for the first parent or family member, and $35 for each additional family member. We do not offer a sibling program during orientation. If siblings attend, their lunch must 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. (We do not offer Family Orientation at transfer student orientation sessions.)
Please join the dues-free UWF Family Association! Our monthly eNewsletter with news and safety information updates will you keep you posted on all of the latest events happening at UWF.
Where will we stay?
Spring/Summer/Fall 2016 Freshman and 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.
Fall 2016 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 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?
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. The orientation hold will not be removed 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. Keep in mind that not all orientation sessions have the same fee. If you switch to a less expensive session, you will NOT be refunded the difference. If you switch to a more expensive session, you have to pay the difference. 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 Student Transition Programs at (850) 473-7229 or email@example.com. Remember 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 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.
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. 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 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.
8. Complete AlcoholEdu after attending orientation. Visit or call Wellness Services at (850) 474-7112 for more information.
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.