Prior to beginning classes, all new undergraduate students are required to participate in Orientation on the USF System campus in which they are admitted. Students will need to contact their home campus (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee) to make arrangements for their orientation session.
During the orientation, students will receive the following: college overviews and requirements for their degree program; academic advising; general university policies and services; an introduction to student activities and campus life.
Students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an institution other than a USF System institution, and are seeking a second (post) baccalaureate degree must attend orientation as a transfer student.
Mandatory Orientation Attendance
The University of South Florida System requires all new undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolling at its Tampa campus for the first times to attend a full Orientation sessions. The Orientation requirement must be completed in order for a student to be eligible to register for classes. Students who do not complete all aspects of the Orientation experience will be required to attend another session or update their term or entry to a future semester. Parents, friends, or family members may not attend in lieu of the student.
Students will not be excused from all or part of an Orientation session. Students should choose an Orientation date that does not conflict with these events.
Failure to complete or attend Orientation
Students who do not attend an Orientation session prior to the start of the first day of class, will be required to update their term of entry to the next semester or become a non-degree seeking student. Both of these changes in student status should be made through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The following list (though not inclusive) will be considered failing to complete Orientation and will result in having to re-register, pay the registration fee again and fully attend a later session. This decision is made at the discretion of the Orientation Senior Staff or their designee.
- Missing any required Orientation programming provided during the session
- Being removed from the session for any reason
- Referral to Student Rights & Responsibilities
Updating Term of Entry/Previously Attended Orientation (PAO)
Students who arrive to their session day after 10:30 AM will be required to choose another date and attend that session. This also includes paying any applicable no show/late fees.
Students who attend Orientation but do not enroll for that admit semester may update their term of entry with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This Orientation attendance remains valid for 6 semesters from the original admit term. If the student is re-admitted, he or she will be given a registration time ticket by the Office of Orientation. The time ticket will be the same as all other new students (G25ORIENT). In addition, an email message will encourage the student to meet with an advisor and offer them access to the Online Orientation information.
The following is the link to the form that must be completed and submitted to Admissions
Session Cancellation Procedure
In response to a critical incident, a current or future Orientation session may have to be cancelled. The decision to cancel a session while in progress or upcoming will be made by Orientation Professional Staff. This decision will take into account all available information, and Orientation staff will always err on the side of caution.
Spring: Students arriving to session later than 9:30am will be asked to reschedule to a later session date. If there are no sessions remaining, the student will be directed to the Director of Orientation or her designee to be advised of their options.
Summer/Fall: Students arriving to session later than 10:30am will be asked to reschedule to a later session date. If there are no sessions remaining, the student will be directed to the Director of Orientation or her designee to be advised of their options.