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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. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you when the campus reopens. We hope you come to love the city of New York as much as we do.

Jonathan Juarbe
Director of Admissions


The Fall 2020 Orientation will take place virtually! Incoming students will be joined by Orientation Leaders in AMDA’s online platform, Canvas. Throughout this journey, you’ll have a chance to hear from various departments at AMDA, connect with your Orientation Leaders and peers, meet with a variety of staff and learn about the resources available to you for success at AMDA NY! The Orientation Team is eager to get to know you and welcome you to our incredible community!

October 12th: Virtual Orientation Begins

October 30th: Last Day of Virtual Orientation

November 2nd: Start of Fall 2020 semester

Date TBA: Live Parent Webinar

  1. This will include presentations from various departments at AMDA as well as a Q&A session.

Please note: Virtual Orientation will include pre-recorded sessions, live presentations, and group or departmental meetings. Schedules will be available to students on the first day of Orientation. It is recommended that each student dedicates between 2-4 hours each week for Orientation assignments and meetings. A small portion of each day should also include logging in to the online platform for emails, notifications, etc...

If you have any questions regarding the Orientation process, please feel free to reach out to your Admissions Advisor.

The following forms listed on the Orientation Checklist must be submitted by Friday, September 18, 2020 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.

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 Friday, September 18, 2020.


This placement will be used by our Dance Department to place you in the appropriate levels for your dance coursework . Deadline to complete the assessment is Friday, September 18, 2020.

Studio: Elective Selection

This form will be used to determine registration for available electives. Deadline to complete the form is Friday, September 18, 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.


Orientation Links:

Education Dept Forms + Info

Financial Aid Forms

Housing License Agreements

Orientation Guide

  • Coming Soon

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