Transfer Next Steps | Tampa Campus
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 dynamic, metropolitan Tampa 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 | 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 cancelled.
Please note: if you previously graduated from USF and are pursuing a second bachelor's degree, you do not need to attend Orientation.
Verify/Update Information | Recommended for all students
- 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 dispersements 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.
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. This will allow you to be considered for financial aid available based on your expected family income.
Deadlines for the FAFSA each year are:
- October 1 - FAFSA Application Opens
- January 1 - FAFSA Priority Deadline
- June 30 - FAFSA Final Deadline
Please note: if you are an incoming student for the summer semester, you will need to submit the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 FAFSA.
- To view/update your mailing address, telephone number and email address, log in to myUSF and navigate to My Resources > OASIS.
- To change your term of entry, visit the admissions portal, select “Forms”, and complete an Application Update Form.
- To change your major after admission, you must reach out to the academic advisor in your new intended major for next steps.
- The Office of Transfer Student Success is also available to help you with making any major updates.
- To change your campus after admission, you must reach out to your academic advisor at your current campus for next steps.
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.
There are three methods to upload your completed form:
- 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.
- Admissions Portal: Log into the Admissions Portal using your NetID and password. Select "My Workspace", followed by "My Documents" and upload your form.
- 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.
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 Tampa 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.
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:
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 contigent 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 Admissions Portal.
If you need to submit your final transcripts, visit our Transcript Submission instructions page.
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 - Required for all students
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.
- Portal: USF Canvas
- Navigation: Once logged in, click on the course titled Life Skills 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 SVC 1032.
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.
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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
The University of South Florida offers the electronic deposit process called eDeposit to all of our customers. eDeposit allows your net financial aid & student refunds to be directly deposited into your personal bank account.
- Portal: OASIS
- Navigation: MyUSF > My Resources > Oasis > Student > Tuition, Fees, & Payment
- The Tampa 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 Tampa campus offers computer lab usage for students, which also provides free printing and handicap-accessible computers.
- We have highlighted specific college apps you might find useful for classes on our Admit-a-Bull blog.
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 present 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.
Check out our blog for articles on how to successfully navigate the start of your college experience:
- When to Start College Internships?
- How to Get Involved on a College Campus
- What Tampa Bay Has to Offer College Students
- Mental Health in College: Why It's Important and What You Can Do
Making connections at a new college may seem overwhelming but there are tons of ways for you to get involved at the Tampa campus:
- Transfer Engagement and Achievement Mentorship (T.E.A.M.) program - This program pairs transfer students who are seeking guidance with experienced transfer students who can assist in finding and accessing campus resources, answering questions about campus life and academics, and fostering a growth mindset, leadership skills, and academic success skills.
- On-Campus Clubs and Organizations - The Tampa campus has over 600 clubs and organizations for you to choose from, in categories ranging from academic interest to sports to diversity and multicultural clubs.
- Transfer Student Organization (TSO) - TSO helps connect transfer students to the institution as well as give them a way to connect with other transfer students.
- 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 over 1,000 campus events held yearly on the Tampa campus, you can always find something to do.
- Athletics - With 17 varsity sports to watch on the Tampa campus, you will gain FREE admission to all games, including football hosted at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.