Next Steps

Freshman Next Steps | Sarasota-Manatee Campus

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Congratulations on your admission to the University of South Florida! We are so excited to welcome you to our tight-knit Sarasota-Manatee campus. Follow these steps to enroll as an official USF student and prepare for the first day of classes.

You can explore all required needs to enroll at USF or jump to the section relevant to you:

 


IMMEDIATELY UPON ADMISSION

You will be able to complete the following steps immediately after admission to USF.

Please note that activating your NetID is the first step to enrolling at USF, if you have not done so yet. 

You may complete the next steps in any order—but we recommend paying your admission deposit as soon as possible to secure your spot at USF. In this section, you’ll:

  • Pay Your Admission Deposit
  • Verify/Update Personal Information
  • Submit Medical History and Immunization Form
  • Apply for On-Campus Housing and Meal Plan


Pay Your Admission Deposit
| Required for all freshman students

This is the first official step to secure your spot at USF. You will need to submit your admission deposit to start on your next steps, like reserving an Orientation date and confirming your on-campus room assignment. 

More Details

Freshmen are required to pay a nonrefundable admission deposit of $200. The deposit will be applied toward your first semester’s tuition charge. The deposit is due by May 15 for students admitted for the summer or fall term.

This nonrefundable deposit will both confirm and reserve your place in the class. Failure to pay the deposit by the deadline may result in the cancellation of your admission offer and admissions scholarships.

Deposit Waiver Request

If you think you qualify for an admission deposit waiver due to financial hardship, please email admissions@usf.edu to place your request with the appropriate justification.

After your waiver is applied, you will need to log into myBullsPath, click on the “Pay Admission Deposit” tile and then click on “Commit to Attending USF”. 

Pay Deposit


Fill Out Your FAFSA Form
| Recommended for all freshman students

Make sure to fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible to qualify for the most aid possible. If you have questions about the FAFSA, check out our site here.

FAFSA Updates

 

Verify/Update Information | Recommended for all students

Verify or Update Residency Status

  • To view your classification, log into the admissions portal and your residency status should display under your “Applicant Info.”
  • To update your classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, log in to the admissions portal, select “Forms”, complete a Residency Declaration Form, and upload any requested documentation.
  • Please note: All admissions scholarship disbursements are based upon residency status. If your residency status changes, your award allocation will be updated.

For full information on determining residency, check out our Residency webpage.

Verify Personal Information

  • To view/update your mailing address, telephone number and email address, log in to myUSF and navigate to My Resources > OASIS (Student Self-Service after Fall 2024).

Accept Admissions Scholarship (Optional - As Needed)

If you were awarded an automatic admissions scholarship, please make sure to accept the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship to ensure aid disbursement.

  • Portal: OASIS (Student Self-Service after Fall 2024)
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  • Navigation: myUSF > My Resources > OASIS (Student Self-Service after Fall 2024) > Financial Aid > My Award and Loan Information > Select Aid Year from Dropdown Menu
    • Under the “Terms & Conditions” tab, carefully review the requirements of your scholarship
    • Select “Accept” to verify that you understand the terms and conditions associated with your award

Update Campus, Term of Entry or Major (Optional - As Needed)

  • To change your campus, term of entry or major, visit the admissions portal, select “Forms” and complete an Application Update Form.
    • If your campus or term of entry was changed by USF during the application process, you are not eligible to update back to the original campus or term of entry requested on your application.


Apply for Housing and Meal Plan | Recommended for all freshman students

Living on campus is not required for freshmen but we recommend all students apply for housing at USF. Spaces for on-campus housing fill up quickly and are not guaranteed to incoming students, so start the housing application process early.

Housing Scholarships Available

Students who apply to live in housing at USF Sarasota-Manatee and submit the housing scholarship application will be automatically considered for a one-time $4,000 scholarship during the first year in college.

Submit Housing Scholarship Application 

Start by reviewing your housing options and available meal plans on the Sarasota-Manatee campus. Then apply for housing and a meal plan. Housing applications open during the following months each year based on entry term:

  • Spring Semester - September 1
  • Summer and Fall Semesters - December 12

Please note: You will not be able to select a room through Housing until you submit an admission deposit and reserve an Orientation date.

Housing Application


Submit Medical History and Immunization Form | Required for all students

You cannot register for courses until your completed Medical History and Immunizations Form has been received, so be sure to submit it in a timely fashion. 

Please note: This form requires formal authorization from a healthcare provider, so please ensure you leave time to complete this task for enrollment.

How to Upload Completed Form

There are three methods to upload your completed form:

  1. myBullsPath: You can log into myBullsPath using your NetID and password. After clicking on the “Submit Required Health Documents” card, you may submit your form directly through the portal. Click “Submit Medical History & Immunization Form” at the top of the page, and you will be prompted to upload your documents from your device to myBullsPath.
  2. Admissions Portal: Log into the Admissions Portal using your NetID and password. Select “My Workspace”, followed by “My Documents” and upload your form.
  3. Web Submission: You may submit your form directly to Student Health Services through the web submission option.

Please do not send in the form to the Office of Admissions directly. Submit the form only through the approved options above.

Access and Print Form


AFTER SUBMITTING admission deposit

Submitting your admission deposit informs us of your intention to attend USF. You can complete the following steps concurrently after submitting your deposit.

You may complete the next steps in any order - but we recommend applying for reserving an Orientation date as soon as they become available as space fills up quickly. In this section, you’ll:

  • If Not Already Completed - Apply for Housing and Meal Plan
  • Reserve an Orientation Date
  • Take the Math Placement Test
  • Access the USF Parent & Family Portal

Apply for Housing and Meal Plan | Recommended for all freshman students

Living on campus is not required for freshmen but we recommend all students apply for housing at USF. Spaces for on-campus housing fill up quickly and are not guaranteed to incoming students, so start the housing application process early.

Start by reviewing your housing options and available meal plans on the Sarasota-Manatee campus. Then apply for housing and a meal plan. Housing applications open during the following months each year based on entry term:

  • Spring Semester - September 1
  • Summer and Fall Semesters - December 12

Please note: You will not be able to select a room through Housing until you submit an admission deposit and reserve an Orientation date.

Housing Application


Reserve an Orientation Date | Required for all freshman students

Admitted freshmen must register for, attend and complete all Orientation requirements. At Orientation, you’ll register for courses, so be sure to sign up for the earliest Orientation date possible to benefit from increased class availability. Orientation reservations open during the following months each year based on entry term:

  • Spring Semester - October
  • Summer and Fall Semesters - February

If you fail to reserve and complete Orientation, your admission to USF may be cancelled.

Please note: If you received an Admission Deposit Waiver, you will need to click “Commit to Attending USF” through the “Pay Admission Deposit” tile on myBullsPath to reserve an Orientation date.

Reserve Orientation


Access the USF Parent & Family Portal | Recommended for all freshman families

In order to stay up-to-date on all things USF, we recommend that parents and families sign up for the USF Parent & Family Portal. This invaluable tool will help you ensure your Bull stays on top of upcoming deadlines, as well as additional USF resources.

Access the USF Parent & Family Portal


AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

Submit Final High School Transcript - Required for all freshman students

Immediately after your high school graduation date is reflected on your transcript, you must submit a final high school transcript and any college transcripts from dual enrollment courses. Your admission is contingent upon submitting final transcripts, and we may rescind your admission offer and financial aid (including Bright Futures) will not disburse if they are not received by the first day of class.

Submit Final Transcript


Submit AP, IB, AICE, Etc. Scores - Optional/as needed for freshman students

Scores from any examination that may grant college credit, including Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate, should be sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as they are available. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores must be sent electronically. All eligible credit-by-exam equivalents will be listed on the USF catalog for reference.

Credit-By-Exam Equivalent Information


AFTER ATTENDING ORIENTATION 

You may complete the next steps in any order—along with the steps in the “Before the First Day of Classes” section.  In this section, you’ll:

  • Purchase a USFCard
  • Purchase a Parking Permit

Purchase a USFCard - Required for all students

Your USFCard will be used while you are on campus to verify your identity. Request a USFCard before you start at USF through the online process and pick up in-person at office B116. Contact the Sarasota-Manatee campus Cashier’s Office at (941) 359-4220 or email sar-business-office@usf.edu prior to arriving on campus to confirm availability.

Please have a driver’s license or some other form of ID available when picking up your ID card.

Request a USFCard


Purchase a Parking Permit - Required for students parking on campus

Parking permits are required on campus 24/7. Make sure to register your vehicle and pay for your decal before the semester begins. Please request a parking permit through the online process below and pick up in person at office B116. Contact the Sarasota-Manatee campus Cashier’s Office at (941) 359-4220 or email sar-business-office@usf.edu prior to arriving on campus to confirm availability.

Please have a driver’s license or some other form of ID available when picking up parking permit.

Purchase Parking Permit


BEFORE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

You may complete the next steps in any order. 

Complete Required Course Modules

AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU)

Within the first few weeks of the semester starting, you should receive an email from Vector Solutions (@safecolleges.com) in your USF Outlook email. The email will provide you with your personal link and instructions for completing these courses.

Each course consists of two parts. Part 2 of each course will open 30 days after you complete Part 1.

For more information, visit the Life Skills for Student Success website.

Career Readiness Module

  • Portal: USF Canvas
  • Navigation: Once logged in, click on the course titled Career Readiness Module.

Complete Unsatisfied Requirements and Accept Financial Aid Awards

Verify if you have any unsatisfied Financial Aid requirements in OASIS prior to your first day of classes.

Subscribe to eDeposit

The University of South Florida offers the electronic deposit process called eDeposit to all of our customers. eDeposit allows your net financial aid and student refunds to be directly deposited into your personal bank account.

Familiarize Yourself with USF Tools and Information

Familiarize yourself with:

Purchase and Organize Supplies for Courses

Accessibility Accommodations (Optional - As Needed)

First-year students may apply for accommodations once admitted to the University of South Florida. Students are responsible for identifying themselves to Student Accessibility Services and presenting proper medical documentation to receive academic accommodations.

Examples of accommodations can include but are not limited to:

  • Alternative Text
  • Class Notes and Note Takers
  • Test Taking Accommodations
  • Hearing Impairment Accommodations

For a full list of accommodations and how to apply, visit the Student Accessibility Services website.

Accessibility and Accommodations 

Pay Tuition and Fees (Due by First Friday of Semester, 5 p.m. ET)

Please note: If you received a scholarship award and need assistance on Tuition Deferment, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.


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