Next Steps

Transfer Next Steps | Sarasota-Manatee Campus

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Congratulations on your admission to USF! The University of South Florida is a leading transfer student destination in the state of Florida, and we’re 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. To track your progress as you work through the checklist, visit the myBullsPath student onboarding portal.

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. In this section, you’ll:

  • Reserve an Orientation Date
  • Submit FAFSA
  • Verify/Update Personal Information
  • Submit Medical History and Immunization Form
  • Explore Housing Options


Reserve an Orientation Date | Required for all transfer students

Admitted transfer students 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 - March

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

Please note: If you previously graduated from USF and are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, you do not need to attend Orientation.

Reserve Orientation

 
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 Applicant 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 Applicant 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).

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.


Explore Available Housing and Meal Plans | Optional for all transfer students

Transfer students can explore on- or off-campus housing near USF. On-campus housing availability is limited for incoming transfer students, so please apply early if you are interested in securing a room. 

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 at USF.

Submit Housing Scholarship Application 

On-campus 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 reserve an Orientation date.

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Many students elect to purchase a meal plan on campus. With a wide variety of meal plan allowances and dining locations, explore the options available to you:

Meal Plan Options


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 health care provider, so please ensure you leave time to complete this task for enrollment.

How to Upload Your 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. Applicant Portal: Log into the Applicant 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 LAST SEMESTER COMPLETION

Submit Final Transcripts | Required for all transfer students

Once you complete your final semester at your previous institution, you will need to submit your final transcripts from the last institution you attended. If you received an AA at your last institution, please wait until your degree is reflected on your transcript to send to USF.

Your admission is contingent on submitting final transcripts, and we may place a hold on your account to register for future courses if transcripts are not received prior to the first day of class. 

If you need to check on the status of your missing documents, visit the Applicant Portal.

Applicant Portal

If you need to submit your final transcripts, visit our Transcript Submission instructions page.

Submit Transcripts


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, including at dining locations and 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 (Student Self-Service after Fall 2024) 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.

Moving into Housing

If you’re living on campus at USF, you will need to review the move-in information provided to you by Housing to ensure you sign up for the correct move-in appointment time and ensure your room assignment is correct.

Check out USF’s move-in checklist for everything you should bring with you or leave at home.

Purchase and Organize Supplies for Courses

Accessibility Accommodations (Optional - As Needed)

Transfer 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.

Student Accessibility Services

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.


OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

Check out our blog for articles on how to successfully navigate the start of your college experience:


GETTING INVOLVED AS A TRANSFER STUDENT

Making connections at a new college may seem overwhelming but there are tons of ways for you to get involved at the Sarasota-Manatee campus:

  • On-Campus Clubs and Organizations - There are many student clubs and organizations available on the Sarasota-Manatee campus for you to join.
  • On-Campus Job Opportunities - Convenient on-campus jobs provide numerous opportunities to earn money for college necessities and meet other students outside of the classroom. 
  • Student Events - With dozens of campus events held yearly on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, you can always find something to do. We host events that range from movie screenings to carnivals and more. The Sarasota-Manatee Campus Activity Board is always hosting new, exciting events for you to hang out and make friends.
  • Student Government - If you’re interested in making a meaningful impact on the USF community and finding a built-in peer group, you may want to check out Student Government. 
  • Leadership Development Events - We offer leadership workshops and programs through the Office of Student Engagement to help support your growth as a person, professional and leader.