Next Steps

Transfer Next Steps | St. Petersburg 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 waterfront St. Petersburg 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:


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. Once you reserve your seat for Orientation, you will be asked to complete three steps to complete your Orientation requirement:

  1. Complete your Pre-Orientation course on Canvas
  2. Meet with your academic advisor prior to Orientation and register for courses
  3. Attend your Orientation session virtually or in-person

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 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

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now open. Make sure to fill it out 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.

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.

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 to leave time to complete this task for enrollment.

How to Upload Your Completed Form

There are digital and mail-in methods to submit 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.

If you cannot upload your form to any of the digital methods above, please mail in your form to the below address:

University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Wellness Center, SLC 2200
140 7th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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


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. Additionally, there are many off-campus housing options available near the St. Petersburg campus to explore.

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 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


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:

  • Complete Required Courses and Modules 
  • Purchase a USFCard
  • Purchase a Parking Permit

Complete Required Courses and Modules - Required for all students

AlcoholEDU for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU)

You will receive an email directly from EverFi after Orientation with instructions and links for accessing the modules. EverFi will email your USF email, so make sure you check it regularly! You must earn a score of 80 percent or higher in each module by the deadline to successfully fulfill this student requirement.

Life Skills Modules

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

Career Readiness Module

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

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 below and pick up your card in-person at Bayboro Hall, Room 223.

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.

Purchase Parking Permit


You may complete the next steps in any order. 

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.

  • Portal: OASIS
  • Navigation: MyUSF > My Resources > Oasis > Financial Aid

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.

  • Portal: OASIS
  • Navigation: MyUSF > My Resources > Oasis > Student > Tuition, Fees & Payment

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.

Familiarize Yourself with USF Tools and Information

Familiarize yourself with:

Purchase and Organize Supplies for Courses

  • The St. Petersburg campus bookstore has a large selection of textbooks, course materials and supplies, or you can purchase from another vendor. Your course syllabi will often recommend supplies you may need for the course but a good rule of thumb is to have: note-taking supplies (pen and paper or a laptop), required textbooks and a planner to keep yourself organized.  
  • The St. Petersburg campus offers computer lab usage for students.
  • We have highlighted specific college apps you might find useful for classes on our Admit-a-Bull blog.

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)

  • Portal: OASIS
  • Navigation: MyUSF > My Resources > Oasis > Student > Tuition, Fees & Payment

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


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


Making connections at a new college may seem overwhelming but there are tons of ways for you to get involved at the St. Petersburg campus:

  • COMPASS Student Experience - The COMPASS program brings together people, programs and resources to provide you with an exceptional experience on campus. Some highlights of ways you can get involved are:
    • Transfer Peer Coaching program - Opt in for a transfer peer coach to answer your questions and help you acclimate to campus. If you’re interested in being partnered with a peer coach, email the office at
    • Transfer Connection - Meet once a month with other transfer students, learn about the St. Petersburg campus and more! 
    • Learning Journeys - Learn about potential career paths and opportunities directly from USF professors.
    • National Transfer Student Week - Each October, enjoy a week filled with activities to help transfer students like you get involved and engage in professional and personal development opportunities.
  • On-Campus Clubs and Organizations - There are over 100 student clubs and organizations available on the St. Petersburg 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 hundreds of campus events held yearly on the St. Petersburg campus, you will always find something to do. We host events that range from music festivals, game nights and weekly movie screenings.
  • 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.