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2020 College Orientation Booklet for reference – What to expect!

NWSA 2020 Orientation Alert: After considering the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Orientation fee has been reduced from $100 to $25.

NWSA College Orientation 2020 will be held online August 23-26, 2020.

Fall 2020 Classes begin Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and will continue in a remote format through September 27.

Beginning September 28, if conditions allow, courses will return to campus in a limited fashion, with room capacity limits, staggered attendance dates, and strict social distancing guidelines.

Faculty will communicate to students what day(s) they will meet on campus.

Friday, August 21st
NWSA Swag bag pickup
3-5 pm
Miami Dade College Campus, Parking Garage G2
Students will remain in cars and must wear masks.

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Parent/Student Orientation
NWSA YouTube Channel

Monday, August 24, 2020
FRESHMAN Student Orientation session
Zoom – Invitation will be sent via email

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
TRANSFER Student Orientation session
Zoom – Invitation will be sent via email

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
DEAN’S MEETINGS – all new students
Zoom – Invitation will be sent to students by division


New students are required to attend NWSA’s New Student Orientation, August 21-26, 2020. There, you will learn about the campus, become familiar with many of the services available to you, meet the deans of your division, meet other students, and much more.

Please use this link to pay the $25 non-refundable orientation fee. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Leslie Wilson Miranda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to request to waive the orientation fee.

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For any additional questions regarding Orientation or Admissions paperwork, contact 305.237.7408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2020 New Student Checklist - Freshman


How do I access my UF/MDC email?

MDC - Once you are admitted to MDC, go to, click on Student Portal, and then click on Create a student account.

UF – Once you are admitted to UF, you will receive an invitation code via email (the email address used on your application) to create your Gatorlink account. Once received, go to, click on “Access MYUFL”, then click “create account”, enter UFID and Invitation Code. If you have not received your invitation code by email, call the Helpdesk at 352.392.4357. Remember, once admitted, UF only communicates to students via your UF email account, you will not be able to forward your UF email to another email address.

Are meals provided during Orientation?

Yes, meals will be provided for all participating students each day of Orientation beginning with continental breakfast. Date of breakfast for 2020 is TBD.  

When do I register for classes?

New students will be contacted by their divisions to schedule advisement and registration appointments beginning in June, 2020. Division assistants will register students for their arts and academic courses. The NWSA division assistants serve as your academic advisors for your lower and upper level courses. We strongly recommend that students utilize their division assistants, as they are most familiar with the NWSA curriculum. You will also have an opportunity during Orientation Week to make changes to your schedule.

MDC may contact you regarding attendance at a Miami Dade College New Student Orientation session. NWSA’s orientation serves as your orientation, you may attend the MDC orientation at your discretion.

I need to move to Miami, how can I find out about off-campus housing?

Refer to our housing guide at parent resources for housing. We also have a Roommate Finder application located in that link as well. The Roommate Finder is a way for future students to find suitable roommates and living arrangements in the Miami area. Students who turn in their Roommate Finder application will be placed on a list serve and will receive listings for available housing as they come available.

Who do I call if I have more questions about NWSA and the admissions process?

NWSA Student Services:
Student Services Department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 305.237.7408

International Student Services (I20 and Visa information):
MDC – International Students Office,, 305.237.7993
UF – International Student Services,, 352.392.5323

Parent and Family Information:
Parents are invited to attend the Parent & Student Orientation. Date and time for Orientation 2020 is TBD. There, students and parents will be able to witness current students and faculty performances and receive important information about financial aid, safety, and student life at NWSA. An invitation with driving and parking directions will be mailed in July.