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Hello Los Angeles Students,

We are so excited that you will soon begin your professional training at AMDA. The Orientation page is designed to be your resource to ensure you have all the information and materials you will need to begin this term. Please read each section carefully, as you will find important details regarding registration and preparation for your classes. Welcome to the AMDA Family.

Joseph Siriano
Director of Admissions

Virtual Pre-Orientation will take place Wednesday, February 14th through Friday, February 16th while In-Person Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st through Saturday, February 24th

Our Orientation Committee has created a thoughtful set of sessions and events to help your transition to college, introduce you to campus services and create long-lasting connections within the AMDA community. Students should expect to participate each day from 8:30 AM through 6:30 PM Pacific during the days of Orientation though some days it may differ a bit. Our Student Orientation Committee has built-in times for meal breaks and rest breaks.

Attendance during Orientation is required in order to start classes on February 26th. Students must attend all live sessions and complete Orientation assignments within a platform called Canvas. Canvas is an online education platform that will be used for your AMDA classes as well as Orientation.

If you believe you will have scheduling conflicts, or have any questions, please email LAOrientation@amda.edu. Please allow our team at least 1-3 business days to respond to you.

Should you have any questions regarding the Orientation process, please feel free to reach out to your Admissions Advisor or the Orientation Committee (LAOrientation@amda.edu).

  1. February 14 - 16:
    Virtual Orientation (Attendance Required)
  2. February 21:
    Orientation Check In & Student Move In (Attendance Required)
  3. February 21 :
    In-Person Parent Q&A (4:30 PM)
  4. February 22 - 24:
    In-Person Orientation Sessions (Attendance Required)

Please Note:

  • Change to Wednesday, February 21st - Saturday, February 24th

  • Dates are subject to change.

Our required hybrid orientation will be a mix of pre-recorded sessions, live Zoom presentations, departmental meetings and in-person activities. Orientation schedules will be available to students on January 19, 2024. It is recommended that each student spends a small portion of each day logging in to the online Canvas platform and email to be aware of important updates, assignments, and other information. Orientation also includes optional activities to introduce students to a wide variety of resources to help prepare them for the rigors of classwork.

Important Links:

The student portal offers students valuable information such as class schedule, grades, financial aid info, forms and documents, etc. Please sign in to review your account.

AMDA Student Portal

If you are interested in purchasing AMDA attire to begin to show your school spirit, feel free to visit our website to learn more about merchandise for purchase.

AMDA Student Store

AMDA facilitates the housing assignment process through an online system called StarRez. Incoming students receive access to their AMDA email 60 days before their starting term, which then gives access to StarRez. Please keep an eye out for emails from Housing & Residential Life staff detailing when these applications are available.

Housing Application Release Date: January 5th.

For any questions regarding housing tuition, payment methods, and housing costs, please contact your Admissions Advisor or visit the Admissions page on our website here.

Any student who requires a specific housing accommodation due to a documented disability or medical condition can contact Accessibilities Services by emailing LAAccessibility@amda.edu. Feel free to review our Accessibilities Services site for more information.

The two health and wellness forms needed from students can be found linked below; both forms are required in order for you to begin classes.

The Student Health Certificate can be completed by the student, if under 18 years old a parent or guardian will need to sign the form. This form is to collect your health insurance information, emergency contact information and general health history.

Student Health Certificate

The Physician health certificate needs to be completed by a Physician. This form will collect your vaccination history and serve as a pre-admissions physical to ensure you are able to safely participate in the program and attend classes.

Physician’s Health Certificate

A student’s family, or support system, is essential to their success and it is important that families are aware of resources/services at AMDA. We encourage parents and families to familiarize themselves with AMDA; staff within departments listed below can assist in answering your questions.

Student Affairs:

New Student Orientation:

Financial Services:

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion:

Health & Wellness:

  • Mental Health Counseling: LACounseling@amda.edu
  • Athletic Performance & Community Health: LAHealth@amda.edu

International Student Services:

AMDA Cafe & Flexible Food Plan

Student Parking

Campus Calendar

    Spring 2024
    • February 14 - 16: Virtual Orientation (Attendance Required)
    • February 21: Orientation Check In & Student Move In (Attendance Required)
    • February 21: In-Person Parent Q&A (4:30 PM)
    • February 22 - 24: In-Person Orientation Sessions
    Summer 2024
    • June 12 - 14: Virtual Orientation (Attendance Required)
    • June 20: Orientation Check In & Student Move In (Attendance Required)
    • June 20: In-Person Parent Q&A (4:30 PM)
    • June 21 - 23: In-Person Orientation Sessions (Attendance Required)
    Fall 2024
    • October 9 - 11: Virtual Orientation (Attendance Required)
    • October 16: Orientation Check In & Student Move In (Attendance Required)
    • October 16: In-Person Parent Q&A (4:30 PM)
    • October 17 - 19: In-Person Orientation Sessions (Attendance Required)

Dates are subject to change.