Students

First-Year Experience

PEER COACHING
The Peer Coaching program is a mentorship program that connects First Time in College (FTIC) students with a student leader on campus known as a Peer Coach. Peer Coaches are experienced USF St. Petersburg campus students who serve on the staff of the Compass Student Experience Office.

As student leaders, Peer Coaches support their peers in their transition into USF through conversations based around involvement, belonging, and academics. Peer Coaches provide guidance for students to succeed at USF St. Petersburg campus through one-on-one meetings and individual outreach. Through these conversations, any additional referral or support identified is bridged from the peer coach to the appropriate campus partner. Meeting with a Peer Coach is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

Click here to meet the Peer Coaches!

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS
Throughout your first year at the USF St. Petersburg campus, our office will be offering a variety of programming options that promote student success and help with navigating the transition to college.  

Week of Welcome (WOW) 
Week of Welcome (WOW) provides each student an opportunity to start the semester off right with signature programs and engaging activities. All programs and activities are designed to help first-year students meet new people and get connected with the USF St. Petersburg campus community. Programs are hosted by a variety of offices to get students connected and learn more about what our campus has to offer. 

COMPASS Adventures
Compass Adventures are peer-led activities off-campus that help new students build connections with their peers and develop an understanding of the St. Petersburg campus community. The events are planned throughout the academic year.

Learning Journeys 
Learning Journeys are faculty- or staff-led activities, focusing on an academic specialty, hobby, or interest of the faculty or staff member. Learning Journeys provide an opportunity for students to learn more about potential career paths while getting to know faculty and staff outside of the classroom. 

Taste of Success
Learning Journeys are faculty- or staff-led activities, focusing on an academic specialty, hobby, or interest of the faculty or staff member. Learning Journeys provide an opportunity for students to learn more about potential career paths while getting to know faculty and staff outside of the classroom.  

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YOUR CAMPUS SUPPORT

Because of the geographic distribution of our campuses, USF supports our new students from three offices.

St. Petersburg campus: Visit the COMPASS Student Experience Office.
Tampa campus: Visit the Office of New Student Connections.
Sarasota-Manatee campus: Visit the Office of Student Engagement.