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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 for the Fall 2019 term and into our family. The Admissions Office wants to ensure you are well prepared for move-in, registration and orientation weekend. Please make sure to read through the orientation guide. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact the admissions office. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you. We hope you come to love the city of New York as much as we do.

Jonathan Juarbe
Director of Admissions

The following forms listed on the Orientation Checklist must be submitted by Monday, June 10, 2019 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.

Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 16, 2020

Student Housing Move In

    • Wednesday, February 12
      LA Transfer / NY Experience and International Students Early Move In
      Any time after 2pm
      Please note:
      • Formal orientation activities and registration does not begin until Thursday.
      • Student leadership will only be available to help move belongings into the buildings on official orientation move-in on Thursday but students are welcome to speak with AMDA's 24-hour front desk staff for any questions or support.
    • Thursday, February 13
      All Students
      Last name A-G: 8:00am
      Last name H-P: 10:00am
      Last name Q-Z: 12:00pm
      Commuter students are welcome to check in immediately at registration (details below)

Orientation Registration

**It is suggested that students living on campus check into Housing before arriving for registration

    • Thursday, February 13: Registration for All Incoming Students at 61st Street
      Last name A-G: 9:00am
      Last name H-P: 10:00am
      Last name Q-Z: 1:00pm

Orientation Required Activities

    • Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 16
      Integrated, Studio, Dance Theatre and LA Transfer / NY Experience Orientation activities
    • Monday, February 17
      Classes begin
  • * Required Orientation activities for students only. Please do not make any other plans for these days.

Optional Activities

    • Optional Q&A for Parents is scheduled on the Thursday of orientation
    • Parent Programming concludes Thursday of orientation

  • Please Note:
    • All students must move in on designated days only. Occupancy outside of the designated period will result in a $100 nightly charge to the resident's account.
    • Parents should not schedule activities with their student during the orientation week and weekend, beginning the first day of move in through Sunday evening.
    • Above times are subject to change.

Integrated: Voice and Sight-Singing Assessment

This assessment will be used by our Voice and Sight Singing Departments to place you with an individual voice instructor that best meets your background and experience during Orientation and place you in the appropriate level of Sight Singing. Deadline to complete the assessment is January 20, 2020.

Studio: Elective Selection

This form will be used to determine registration for available electives. Deadline to complete the form is January 20, 2020.

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.

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.

Simple and Effective Ways to Support your Student:

    • Stay in touch. Even if you only touch base once a week, it will help your student to know that you are available. Listen as your student tells you about the shows and performances they are seeing, the people they are meeting, and the classes that they are enjoying. Be understanding if they don't have as much time to talk as you wish they did; they will be extremely busy with their regular courses, rehearsals, and extracurricular work.
    • Be proactive. Make plans for continued physical and mental health support. Continuity of care is very important; don't wait for a concern to escalate. Be certain your student has a copy of their health insurance card and identify nearby health resources
    • Empower and support. Help foster independence by encouraging independence. If your student comes to you with a concern, help him or her solve it by asking questions that will help him or her find a solution.

Orientation Links:

All students should be well groomed and maintain excellent hygiene. Students are expected to look their best for every class. Women with long hair are to have hair pulled back in a neat bun; hair should be slicked back or braided into a bun and secured with a hair net and bobby pins. Short hair should be pulled away from face. A simple thin headband may be used to pull bangs back. No jewelry is to be worn during class. The use of light street make-up is encouraged for women (lipstick, blush and mascara).

Required Attire
New York City street scene with taxis