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One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years. -Tom Wolfe

This quote encapsulates not only becoming a part of New York, but of the AMDA family. We look forward to welcoming you to campus and into our family soon. The Admissions Office wants to ensure you are well prepared for registration and orientation. Please make sure to read through the Orientation Guide. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the admissions office.

AMDA NY is excited to welcome you to our community! Please see below for pertinent Orientation dates.

  1. Tuesday, October 8th - Friday, October 11th:
    Required Virtual Orientation
  2. Wednesday, October 16th:
    · Orientation Check-in and Move-in (Incoming Integrated Students)
    · Parent Q&A at 3:30pm EST (Parents and Guardians of Incoming Integrated Students)
  3. Wednesday, October 16th-Sunday, October 20th:
    · Required In-person Orientation Seminars and Activities (Incoming Integrated Students)
  4. Thursday, October 17th:
    · Orientation Check-in and Move-in (Incoming Studio, Dance and Acting for Camera Students)
    · Parent Q&A at 3:30pm EST (Parents and Guardians of Incoming Studio, Dance and Acting for Camera Students)
  5. Thursday, October 17th-Sunday, October 20th:
    Required In-person Orientation Seminars and Activities (Incoming Studio, Dance and Acting for Camera Students)
  6. Monday, October 21st:
    Fall 2024 Semester Begins

2024 Orientation Dates

Please Note:

  1. Parents should not schedule activities with their students during the Orientation week(s) and weekend(s) beginning the first day of In-person Orientation through Sunday, October 20th, 2024.
  2. Above dates are subject to change.

Our required Hybrid Orientation will be a mix of pre-recorded sessions, Zoom presentations, group, or departmental meetings and in-person activities. Orientation schedules will be available to students on the first day of Orientation. It is recommended that each student dedicate between 4-6 hours each week for Orientation assignments and meetings, as well as spending at least a small portion of each day logging in to the online platform (for emails, notifications, etc.). Our Hybrid Orientation will also include optional activities to introduce students to a wide variety of resources to help prepare them for the rigors of classwork.

Mandatory Orientation Check-In: 211 West 61st Street

  • Wednesday, October 16th: 9am – 3pm EST
    (Incoming Integrated Students)

  • Thursday, October 17th : 9am – 3pm EST
    (Incoming Studio, Dance and Acting for Camera Students)

Should you have any questions regarding the Orientation process, please feel free to reach out to your Admissions Advisor or the Orientation Planning Committee

Housing Information:


AMDA's two Health and Wellness forms can be found 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.

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.

Orientation Links:

The following forms listed on the Orientation Checklist must be submitted by Friday, September 13th, 2024 to complete your enrollment at AMDA. To ensure that you are up to date with required documents and tasks please contact your admissions advisor. You may contact your advisor directly or dial 800-367-7908 to speak with an AMDA Admissions Advisor


This assessment will be used by our Voice Department to place you with an individual voice instructor that best meets your background and experience during Orientation. Deadline to complete the assessment is Friday, September 13th, 2024.


This form will be used to determine registration for available electives. Deadline to complete the form is Friday, September 13th, 2024.

Dance and Acting for Camera students do not have any tasks required prior to orientation activities.

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 coordinates housing assignments through our online Housing Portal, StarRez! With StarRez, all steps to secure housing at AMDA is completely online. 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 the Office of Housing detailing when these applications are available.

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 reach out to our Accessibilities Department by emailing Feel free to review our Accessibilities Page for more information on this.

This resource section is dedicated to supporting the interests of AMDA parents and families, and to promoting a sense of community for parents and families. We consider you a part of the AMDA family too, and we are eager to answer questions and provide information as your student makes the adjustment to higher education.

We encourage parents and families to familiarize themselves with the many resources at AMDA; the departments listed below will be more than happy to assist in answering your questions.


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