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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.

Jonathan Juarbe
Director of Admissions

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

  1. Tuesday, October 11th - Tuesday, October 18th:
    Required Virtual Orientation

  2. Thursday, October 13th at 6PM EST:
    Parent Q&A Webinar

  3. Thursday, October 20th - Friday, October 21st:
    In-Person Orientation Check-in

  4. Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd:
    Required In-person Orientation Activities
  5. Monday, October 24th:
    Fall 2022 Semester Begins

Fall Virtual Orientation Schedule

Orientation Links:

The following forms listed on the Orientation Checklist must be submitted by Friday, September 9th 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

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 23rd.
  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:

  1. Thursday, October 20th: 8am - 5pm EST
  2. Friday, October 21st: 8am–3pm EST

Housing Move-In:

Students will reserve their move-in time through Sign Up Genius (provided in their housing application email sent 60 days before the start of the term).

  1. Wednesday, October 19th: 7am-9pm EST
  2. Thursday, October 20th – 7am-9pm EST
  3. Friday, October 21st - 7am-12pm EST
  4. All students must be moved in no later than Friday, October 21st by 12pm EST to be ready for in-person Orientation Activities.

    Housing Move-In Information

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


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 Monday, September 5th, 2022.


This form will be used to determine registration for available electives. Deadline to complete the form is Monday, September 5th, 2022.

Dance Theatre 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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