First-Year Experience

The Peer Coaching program is a mentorship program that connects First Time in College (FTIC) students with student leaders on campus known as Peer Coaches. Peer Coaches are current USF St. Petersburg campus students who have experienced what it means to transition to USF St Petersburg and want to help incoming students find their way.

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 and find contact information!

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.  

Summer B & Fall Launch
Semesterly launches are an opportunity for students to learn more about the Peer Coaches, the New Student Experience, and connect with fellow first-year students in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Taking place every Summer and Fall the weekend before classes begin, members of either the Summer or Fall Peer Coach team facilitate various activities for students to get to know each other more, as well as begin to discuss what it means to set yourself for success as a Bull. If students are not able to attend either of the launches, the Peer Coach team will make initial contact through email.

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 off-campus excursions to local attractions that help new students build connections with their peers and develop an understanding of the St. Petersburg campus community. Afterall, you are now part of the St Petersburg community, not just the Bull community. Transportation and admission is provided. These 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. 

Unique Semesterly Offerings
In addition to these signature programs, NSE offers various one of a kind programs that are crafted specifically for that semester to meet the needs of current students. Make sure to stay up to date using our social media accounts, so you don't miss out on these unique events.

Stay Connected 


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

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