Parents & Family

Your student is bold, elite and fearless – and we want to thank you for supporting them. Now that they’re a member of the University of South Florida community, you are too, and we’ll be here for you, from your Bull’s freshman orientation to their graduation – and beyond. Welcome to the herd!

Here at the University of South Florida, our 50,000+ students and more than 333,000 alumni are united in their mission to constantly reach new heights. And you are the loved ones that encourage them when things get tough and cheer them on as they soar higher.

As parents, family and friends, you know better than anyone that your Bull can rise to any challenge, overcome it and then come back for more. And we know that they wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

We’ll be here for you as you embark upon this journey with your student, and we welcome you to learn more about our university, our history, our student body and where we are headed.

You’ve seen your student succeed, but don’t blink yet – they are just getting started.

For parent and family information specific to another campus, visit the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campus websites.

Welcome Reception

We know dropping off your Bull for the first time is hard to do. You’re not alone! We invite you to meet the herd and join fellow family and friends during Week of Welcome for light refreshments at the Family & Friends Welcome Reception.

Students gather during Week of Welcome 2017 in the Marshall Student Center

Letting Grow

Letting grow means learning how to best support your Bull as they become independent and flourish as a college student. Find resources to help you grow as their best coach and biggest fan.

Palm trees grow on USF Tampa campus

Family & Friends Weekend

Grab your green and gold gear and register now for Family & Friends Weekend! The whole family is welcome for a weekend of Homecoming activities, football and, of course, spending some time with your Bull.

Parents and children in USF gear put their horns up

Visit Our Campuses

Our three beautiful campuses make it great to be a Bull, and we can’t wait for you to visit! Find out more about our top-rated facilities, scheduling a campus tour, parking, the Bull Runner shuttle schedule and our campuses in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee.

Parents and a female student in USF gear put their horns up

Office of Parent & Family Programs

Every day, you’re there for your student, and every day, USF will be there for you. The Office of Parent and Family Programs provides resources for this time of transition, as well as opportunities to connect, tips for “letting grow” and family events on campus.

A son puts his horns up while on his dad's shoulders at Raymond James Stadium

Ask Ima Bull

Supporting your student as they navigate higher education can be a challenging and overwhelming time for parents and families. Email with any questions you have about being there for your Bull.

Ask Ima Bull

Academic Calendar

Ready to fly your Bull home for the holidays or schedule a visit to campus? Visit the USF academic calendar to keep track of important dates and deadlines. And you might want to bookmark this page for quick reference – sometimes your student is just too busy to text you back!

Entrance to USF Tampa campus

USF Bookstore

We’ve heard that wearing green and gold makes you miss your student a little less. Well, maybe not, but it sure reminds you to be proud of everything they’re accomplishing here at USF! Shop now for everything USF, including t-shirts, gifts and collectibles, hats and more.

Exterior of USF Bookstore