Academic Advising

Incoming First Year Students

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes you to the University of South Florida! 


All new students will need to complete their orientation and advising requirements before the term begins. Once admitted to USF, new students should do the following as soon as possible:

  • Set up their USF NetID 
  • Monitor their USF Email
  • Sign up for the earliest Orientation possible
  • Follow myBULLS pathway instructions
  • Address Student Health paperwork **failure to address student health paperwork and requirements will delay course registration.  


We are providing a fully online College overview for orientation, which we recommend completing as soon as possible.  Orientation for our incoming spring students will take place online only, which means we will not get to meet you in person, or introduce ourselves to your parents and family members who accompany you to orientation.  We have provided all of the information that is mandatory for orientation in our online system.  We are available to assist you remotely, but it is not a requirement of the orientation process.      

Each week, our College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Academic Advisors receive a list of new students who recently signed up for orientation. After receiving the list, CAS Advisors reach out to our incoming first year students to provide them with the advising information instructions for their intended major. Please read this email, follow the instructions included, and reply to the email if you need additional assistance.  If you lost your advisors email, you can find their contact information listed by major at our CAS Undergraduate Advising Webpage.   


Our academic advisors register our first year students into their spring semester classes as soon students meet university criteria like completing all student health paperwork and requirements.  The advisors first review information submitted to USF Admissions, like high school preparation, dual enrollment transcripts, and scores received from AP, IB, and other advanced placement exams.  Using your previous academic history, the advisors will register you into classes which:

  • Will help you best progress in your major, focusing on any needed prerequisites to get you on track; 
  • Are degree applicable for your program; and
  • Are suitable for a first year student to succeed in during their time of transition.

If you realize that you are no longer interested in the major for which you signed up, please identify a new major as soon as possible and reach out to the advising area to have your classes updated.   If needed, you can find USF Advising contact information for other colleges or USF campuses online.  


As a reminder, all new students are required to complete full orientation process prior to their start at USF.  Please be sure to follow USF Orientation, USF BullsPath, and your advisors' instructions so you are prepared and able to start at USF.  Please pay close attention to all USF communication -- If a student does not complete all necessary requirements before the semester begins, their admission will be canceled.