Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQ address information not covered elsewhere on the orientation website. If you are unable to find the answer to your particular question, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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 freshmen. Orientation for transfer students is an optional, but highly encouraged, next step for enrollment.
How do I request accessibility accommodations?
Students, parents and family members 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 communication disorders.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting is requested to advise UWF by contacting the at 850.474.2694 (Voice) or 850.857.6114 (TTY) at least 48 hours before the meeting.
I won't know anyone. Will I have the opportunity to make new friends?
Don't worry! You will have an orientation leader assigned to you as you navigate your virtual orientation. They will connect with you and help you connect with other students virtually as well. There you can make plans to attend Argo Arrival together, where you can enjoy special events and learn more about getting involved on campus. Joining Student Organizations and attending events planned for you by the student-led Campus Activity Board and Homecoming will also help you connect with our vibrant campus community.
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 get my Nautilus Card student ID?
Freshmen will receive their Nautilus Card IDs once classes begin and they have met with their first-year advisor. Transfer students who complete transfer online orientation will pay for and pick up their Nautilus Card after they meet with their academic advisor and register for classes while on campus.
How do I register for classes?
Spring and Summer/Fall Freshmen: Once you have registered for your virtual orientation session, your advisor may reach out to you to verify any AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment and transfer credits that may be applied to your degree audit. After your advisor has reviewed your degree audit and applicable credits, they will complete a Fall 2020 schedule on your behalf. Then your advisor will schedule a virtual appointment with you to review and finalize your schedule.
In the meantime, please be sure to review and complete your Next Steps for Admitted Students in your MyUWF. If you have specific questions that you feel are too numerous to address via email, please call First Year Advising.
What if my plans change?
If you need to change your orientation session date, see Before Orientation for instructions on updating your registration.
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.
Can you answer questions related to academics?
If you have questions about placement testing, course placement or any other academic-related business, please contact the First Year Advising office at 850.474.3170.