First-Year Students

Overview

UPDATES FROM OUR OFFICE

To ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and community members during this challenging time, we have transitioned our Summer/Fall 2020 Orientation sessions for undergraduate students to a virtual learning environment. You’ll be connected to resources and support through Canvas, Microsoft Teams, telephone calls, live and recorded videos and webinars hosted throughout the summer.

Orientation has always supported a seamless transition to college for new students and their families. This event will share tips to help you reach your academic goals, get involved at our campus, and connect to our Bulls community.

We know you probably have a lot of questions about dates, fees, and programming, and we are working hard to finalize plans to get you those answers. Over the next few weeks you’ll receive more details about this year’s Orientation and what to expect as you start your journey at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.

Should you have questions or need assistance in the meantime, please contact us. In order to receive the most timely and effective communication, we request that you email us and provide your University ID # in the body of the email.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


FIRST YEAR ORIENTATION

Welcome to University of South Florida! We are thrilled you have chosen to be a part of our community. Your undergraduate voyage begins with your Orientation session.

We know that coming to college for the first time is an important transition. Some students feel an equal measure of excitement and anxiety. Orientation will share with you information about how to be successful at our university. It will educate you about university resources, clarify the next steps you need to take before the first day of classes, prepare you for your future here at USF and – the best part – connect you with both new and current students! The Orientation Leaders and university team members are here to help you navigate the university, answer your questions and increase your excitement.


The University of South Florida (USF) is committed to providing all incoming students the resources to be successful as they enter the university setting. We strive to provide excellent student experiences and knowledge about the University of South Florida by way of intentional and specific programming for first year students, transfer students, international students and their families. Our Orientations are designed with these goals in mind.

The cost of Orientation includes the state authorized Orientation fee of $35.00 as well as the costs of providing the full Orientation experience to students, families and guests, including facility rentals, meals, staffing and necessary services and expenses to ensure a successful start.

All students are required to pay for Orientation at time of reservation. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us via email.


REGISTERING FOR ORIENTATION

SUMMER AND FALL 2020

Orientation registration for students starting in Summer or Fall 2020 is now open! All students who have submitted the Admission Deposit are eligible to register.

For the First Year Orientation experience, parent and guest registration is a part of your student registration. If you have already registered and paid for orientation and need to register additional guests or change guest information, simply sign back in with your NetID and password, click the guest tab on the left, make the appropriate changes, and complete payment.

For the First Year Orientation experience, parent and guest registration is a part of your student registration. If you have already registered and paid for Orientation and need to register additional guests or change guest information, simply sign back in with your NetID and password, click the guest tab on the left, make the appropriate changes, and complete payment.You can make changes to your reservation by logging into your Orientation account or calling the Orientation Office at (727) 873-4754. Refund requests are reviewed and granted in certain situations.

Register for Orientation


What do I need to register for Orientation?

You will need to know your NetID and password. Your University NetID is essential as you begin your USF student career. You will use your NetID to check the status of your application, tuition statement, financial aid, register for courses and your USF email account. You will also need your University NetID to login to the USF Orientation registration system. It is important not to share your NetID and password with anyone and to make sure you personally know your NetID name and password. Your NetID is not the same thing as your U#.

Here are step-by-step instructions to finding your University NetID:

  • Visit NetID.
  • Once on the site, select the “Login for more options” link. The first time that you visit OASIS, you will have to retrieve your University ID number and NetID.
  • After selecting the Login link, perform the following steps:
  • Select “Create an account now” under “Don’t have a USF NetID?”
  • After entering your name, select the USF ID# radio button
  • Next to the field titled “Enter USF ID #” will be a link for you to lookup your USF ID number.
  • Once you have retrieved your USF ID, complete the Activation by USF ID # form.
  • After selecting Activate NetID and retrieving said ID, return to the sign on page.

For assistance with your USF NetID, contact the Information Technology Help Desk at (813) 974-1222 or email us.

Is orientation a requirement?

Orientation is a critical component of a successful university experience and facilitates the smooth transition of students in the academic and social environments of the University. Because student success if at the heart of all we do here at USF, we require that every new student complete Orientation. The Orientation program is supported by a USF policy mandating that new students attend Orientation as a requirement of admission to the University.

Orientation Dates

Summer and Fall 2020

Orientation registration for students starting in Summer or Fall 2020 is now open. Because different Orientation sessions are available to different student types, dates are only accessible through the online reservation system.

Schedule

USF’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community. That community includes our incoming new students and their families as well as our faculty, staff, and continuing students. As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves, and in accordance with guidance from local, state and university officials, USF Orientation Offices have made the difficult decision to move all domestic Orientation programming from April through August 2020 to a virtual learning environment.

Your virtual First Year Orientation will consist of 3 parts:

  1. A Canvas course of modules covering the basics of life at our campus, to experience at your own pace. The Canvas portion must be complete done week prior to your scheduled Orientation session, and will take roughly 3.5-5 hours. New students will receive an email once the Canvas portion has opened.
  2. A live, synchronous Orientation experience with your Orientation Leader on your scheduled Orientation session date. Through facilitated conversations, presentations from campus offices, and virtual activities, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, make connections, prepare for the transition to USF, and register for classes. The exact schedule is still being finalized so check back later for more details.
  3. Weekly meetings with your Orientation Leaders and other new First Year students. These meetings allow you to debrief what you learned in the Canvas modules, prepare for your live Orientation session, and get to know other new and current USF students. The meetings will last 30-60 minutes each. To best accommodate your schedule, you may request a specific Orientation Leader meeting time.

Your First-Year Orientation experience will still include:

  • Information on how to succeed at USF
  • Interaction with other new students as well as current students including your Orientation Leaders
  • Sessions on college costs and Financial Aid
  • An introduction to the rights, responsibilities and expectations of being a USF student
  • A meeting with an Academic Advisor
  • Resources for how to get involved
  • Opportunities to make new friends and have fun!

Note: First Year Orientation is mandatory. Missing any part of the First Year Orientation can prevent you from registering for classes or staying enrolled in any pre-registered courses.

Prepare for Orientation

Before Orientation

There are a lot of tasks to complete to prepare you for your first day of classes! Since you have registered for Orientation you have already completed a few – good job! Please make sure the rest of these steps have been completed before your Orientation:

  • Submit your Immunization Health History Form and Immunization Documentation
    • You cannot register for courses or be considered for University Housing until your completed immunization documents have been received.

  • Submit Proof of Florida Residency
    • If you are incorrectly listed as a non-Florida resident, please submit the required documentation.

  • Apply for University Housing and the Meal Plan
  • Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships
    • An online Privacy Release Form must be on file for a parent or guardian to have access to confidential financial aid information. The student must initiate the request through ServiceNow, or by calling the financial aid office at 727-873-4128. The form is posted to the student’s OASIS account online, and must be completed with information from both the parent or guardian and the student. Upon completion, the Office of Financial Aid will be able to speak with the parent, without the student present.

  • Prepare a list of any questions you have

What You'll Need

First Year Orientation – Summer and Fall 2020

We are still finalizing the technology systems we will use for Orientation. Please check back later for more information.

After Orientation

These tasks do not need to be completed before orientation, but please complete them as soon as possible:

  • Submit your Final Transcripts
    • Official final transcripts noting the date of your high school graduation are due within two weeks of graduation. Final transcripts may be received electronically from participating institutions upon your request to the high school In the rare event of a problem with electronic submission, you may need to request that your high school send a hard copy transcript. Applicants from out-of-state institutions may need to supply hard copy transcripts. Hard copy transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution attended. Faxed transcripts will not be considered. Failure to provide official final transcripts and test scores may affect your ability to register for courses, adjust your schedule or send transcripts to other institutions. You may check the status of all essential admissions documents on OASIS.

    • If you have taken dual enrollment courses, official college transcripts are due immediately once grades are posted. Although college coursework may appear on the high school transcript, an official college transcript is required for the purposes of admission and transfer of credit. Freshmen who have taken dual enrollment courses are required to have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 to maintain their offer of admission.

  • Submit your Additional Test Scores
    • Scores from any examination that may grant college credit, including Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate, should be sent to Undergraduate Admissions as soon as they are available. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores must be sent electronically.

  • Submit any Required Financial Aid Documents in OASIS
    • Any documents requested of you will appear in OASIS so check frequently to submit them in a timely manner. You will also view and accept any awards in OASIS.

  • CompleteAlcoholEdu for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU).
    • You will receive an email from the Wellness Center after Orientation with instructions. Click on the AlcoholEdu for College and SAPU link provided. You must earn a score of 80% or higher in each module by the deadline to successfully fulfill this student requirement; failure to do so may result in a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and a meeting with the Office of Student Conduct. Part I is due 2 weeks after Orientation.

  • Purchase your Parking Permit (optional)
    • A parking decal is needed to park on campus 24/7. Make sure to register your vehicle and pay for your decal before the semester begins. Visit the Cashier’s Office in Bayboro Hall to purchase your decal.

  • Participate in Week of Welcome activities
    • Week of Welcome is a great opportunity for students to engage in campus clubs and connect with other students.

  • Prepare for your first day of classes

Parents and Guests

College is not just a new journey for students, but for parents and families as well. USF St. Petersburg offers a Parent & Family Orientation program as part of the First Year Orientation experience that is designed to answer the myriad of questions surrounding a student’s first time in college. The success of your student is our top priority. We hope to engage all parents as partners in the process.

We allow two guests per student. One to two parent(s), guardian(s), or other adult family member(s) may attend. Parent & Family Orientation is limited to these relationships to students. The Orientation program and atmosphere is not appropriate for siblings or other guests.

Your virtual Parent & Family Orientation will consist of 3 parts:

  1. A live, synchronous Orientation experience through from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on your scheduled Orientation session date. Through facilitated conversations, presentations from campus offices, and virtual activities, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, make connections, and prepare for the transition to USF St. Petersburg.
  2. A library of presentations and resources covering the basics of life at USF St. Petersburg, to experience at your own pace. You will receive an email when the library has opened.
  3. Live, synchronous meetings with campus offices and student leaders. These optional meetings allow you to ask detailed questions, connect with other families, and prepare for your student’s transition to USF St. Petersburg. The meetings will last 30-60 minutes each and take place on different dates and times to best accommodate your schedule.

Fees

The cost of Orientation includes the state authorized Orientation fee of $35.00 as well as the costs of providing the full Orientation experience to students, families and guests including facility rentals, meals, staffing, and necessary services and expenses to ensure a successful start.

All students are required to pay for Orientation at time of reservation. Your seat will not be reserved until payment has been submitted. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us via email.

* If your student is Pell eligible, you will receive a reduction in cost for attending the family/guest Orientation program. If you have already paid the full guest fee and your student is Pell eligible, please contact our office for more information.

Refunds are available in limited situations. Review our Refund Policy to see if your situation qualifies.

First Year Orientation – Summer & Fall 2020

  • First-Year Student = $35
  • First-Year Guest = $35
    • With this change in program format, the new fee for First-Year guests will be $35.
    • If you have already paid for a guest and are eligible for a refund, the Orientation Office will be processing the refunds on your behalf. There is nothing you need you to do to initiate this refund. Your patience is requested as it may take some time to complete.
    • If you have already paid for a guest but would like to forgo the virtual Parent and Family Orientation experience, you will need to request a cancellation refund.

*Fees are subject to change.