First Year

Tampa Campus

USF Freshmen students attending orientation on campus and holding up the bulls sign.

WELCOME

Welcome to Orientation at USF’s Tampa campus. Orientation is a vital way for first year students to feel confident and connected before starting their college journey. During this interactive experience, you’ll engage in educational sessions designed to help you transition into the USF community. You’ll also complete campus business, such as picking up your ID card, clearing holds, getting a tour of the university and more. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with new incoming students and build connections prior to the start of your first semester.


RESERVE AN ORIENTATION DATE

Connect with fellow students, explore campus, and gain the knowledge and resources you need to start to your academic journey.

Summer/Fall Start

Orientation reservations are now open.

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Spring Start

Orientation reservations will open in October 2024 for students starting in Spring 2025.

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ORIENTATION DATES

USF Orientation Dates FY

*SSS - Student Support Services

*ATH- USF Athletes 

*ACE- The Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement Program (ACE) 

*BBP - The Bulls to Business Program

  • Please note: First-year students are pre-registered for their classes by their academic advisor.
  • Please note: Overnight accommodations are not available for the Orientation experience.

Spring Start

We will post Orientation dates for students starting in the spring once reservations open in October 2024.

  • Please note: First-year students are pre-registered for their classes by their academic advisor.
  • Please note: Overnight accommodations are not available for the Orientation experience.

FEES

New undergraduate students are required to pay a $35 fee to attend Orientation upon making a reservation. Additional charges may apply for families and guests who choose to attend. Fees will be put toward the production of Orientation, materials and the resources associated with it. Orientation is required for all new undergraduate students.

Your payment can be made with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or e-Check in your MyOrientation account. Payment by credit card or e-Check is preferred. If you choose to pay with cash, check or money order, please review payment instructions in our FAQs section.

Refunds are available in limited situations. Review our Refund Policy to see if your situation qualifies.

First-Year Orientation Session Fees
Attendee Type Fee
First-Year Student $35
Parent, Family or Guest $50
Children (6-12) $35

Please note: Fees represent a per-person rate.

Are you a student athlete or have you been accepted into the Student Support Services (SSS) program or ACE? See our FAQ section for additional information.


SCHEDULE

Summer/Fall Start

We will post Orientation schedules for students starting in the summer and fall once reservations open on February 26, 2024.

Spring Start

We will post Orientation schedules for students starting in the spring once reservations open in October 2024.


FAQS

Please review this section to find answers to our most commonly asked questions.

General Questions

Why is there an Orientation fee?

New undergraduate students are required to pay a $35 fee to attend Orientation upon making a reservation. Additional charges may apply for families and guests who choose to attend Orientation. The fee goes toward covering the costs of providing the full Orientation experience to students, including facility rentals, meals, staffing and necessary services and expenses to ensure a successful start. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us at myorientation@usf.edu

What if I am unable to attend any of the Orientation sessions?

Orientation is mandatory for all new students at the University of South Florida. We strongly encourage anyone who has concerns about being able to attend an Orientation session to call us immediately at 813-974-3060. Additionally, you might consider updating your term of entry to a later term to allow you to attend a later orientation. To do this, you would need to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 813-974-3350.

How do I request ADA accommodations to attend Orientation?

Orientation strives to provide the same experience to all participants. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we provide special accommodations to students and guests who require this to participate in the session. Requests are often submitted for assistance with mobility, vision or hearing issues.

Other requests might include special dietary concerns or special arrangements for religious observances.

If you need any type of accommodation during your session, please call our office at 813-974-3060 so we can ensure that all your needs are met. Requests should be submitted at least seven business days prior to your session. In cases of emergency situations, we will do our best to meet your needs.

Students requiring accommodations should also contact Students with Disabilities Services at 813-974-4309 for accommodations needed once classes begin.

Is there a Family and Guest Orientation program?

Families and guests of incoming first-year students will be given the option to attend a supplemental Family and Guest Orientation experience. Like the student Orientation experience, the family and guest experience will include access to an Orientation session with campus leadership and access to asynchronous content to be viewed at the family or guest’s own pace via Canvas catalog. The family and guest Orientation program is only offered for in-person on-campus Orientation sessions.

What should I bring to Orientation?

  • A pen (for notetaking)
  • A sweater or jacket (the A/C can get cold)
  • An umbrella (Florida weather can be unpredictable!)
  • A snack or two (but don’t worry, we will provide you with meals!)

First-Year Students

Can I stay in a residence hall the night before my Orientation?

The Office of Orientation does not provide overnight accommodations.

Payments

Can I pay for Orientation with check or money order?

While we prefer that you pay for your Orientation with a credit card or e-Check, we can accept checks or money orders. Student reservations are not confirmed until payment is received, so please note that this method will delay your confirmation.

To pay with a check or money order, please log into your Orientation reservation and complete the reservation process up to the point of submitting payment. Then, complete the Cashier Payment Form and mail it to the address listed on the form. You should also then email myorientation@usf.edu to let us know that you submitted payment. We will need to manually confirm your reservation.

Can I charge my Orientation fee to my student account?

Students choosing this option of payment are fully responsible for the Orientation fees.
Financial aid may or may not cover these charges. By submitting this form, the student agrees to pay Orientation fees within other University tuition and fee deadlines.

At this time guest fees will not be charged to a student’s account. Guests may pay for Orientation at any time including check-in (if space is available).

Is it possible to obtain a refund for an Orientation session?

Refunds are available only in specific situations. Click here to request a refund. For more information, contact our office.

Preparing for Orientation Day

How do I print my Orientation parking permit?

During the reservation process, you were given the opportunity for a parking permit for each student and guest. The parking permit will be included in your e-confirmation packet. If you do not have your e-confirmation packet, log back into your MyOrientation account and download the PDF from the My Reservation tab.

Please note: Your parking permit can only be found in your reservation for Orientation so please make sure to log back into your Orientation account to access the permit.

If you did not receive a parking permit in your e-confirmation packet, you can log into your Orientation reservation and request a permit under the Student tab or for a guest under the Guests tab.

Do I have to bring my unofficial transcripts with me to Orientation?

Knowing the specific classes you have taken and/or being able to provide an expected AP/IB score will assist in choosing the right classes. To support this, we encourage you to bring your unofficial transcripts with you to Orientation to assist you with your course registration. However, this is not required. An unofficial transcript can be a document from your high school/college or something you print from your school’s online site.

Bringing unofficial transcripts is especially important for students starting in the summer when final transcripts are not yet available. Your academic advisor will work with you if your final transcripts or scores later indicate a change that impacts your pre-requisites.

Reservation Information

How do I change information on my Orientation reservation or choose another date?

You can make changes to your reservation details and/or add guests by logging into your MyOrientation account. Refunds are not issued for students or guests who do not show up to their scheduled sessions. Further, reservations changed within three business days of a session or due to "no show" status may be subject to a $25 late/no show fee.

Can I change my major before I attend Orientation?

To change your major, you must submit an Application Update Form in your Applicant Portal.

Please note: Many academic programs at USF are limited-access majors that require very specific courses and credits in order to be admitted to these majors. We strongly recommend that you speak with an admissions recruiter prior to submitting the Application Update Form.

I am admitted to USF but will not be attending this semester. Who do I contact?

You should notify both the Office of Orientation by calling 813-974-3060 and the Office of Admissions by submitting an Application Update Form. Application Update Forms can take up to four weeks to process.

I don't see any available dates. What do I do?

While this rarely occurs, it could be due to several reasons. To troubleshoot this issue, please contact our office at myorientation@usf.edu or 813-974-3060. We will work with you to resolve the issue.

How can a family member or guest be added to an Orientation session?

Students may add a family member or guest to attend the Family and Guest Orientation session by logging back into their Orientation reservation by 10 a.m. on their desired session date. Log into the student reservation with your NetID and password, scroll to the section that states “Add a Guest” and pay the additional $35 fee per guest. Once reservations are closed, a family member or guest may contact the Office of Orientation via email or phone to be added to the session date.

Special Populations

I’m an SSS Program participant. What do I need to know about Orientation?

If you’ve been accepted into the Student Support Services (SSS) program, you will be required to reserve a date through your Orientation account; however, the fee for Orientation will be billed directly to your OASIS account. Payment is not required at the time of student reservation.

Students who have received information indicating they are eligible or admitted to this
program should contact SSS staff directly at Student Support Services, UGS AskSSS@usf.edu or 813-974-4301.

I’m a student athlete. What do I need to know about Orientation?

As a student athlete on scholarship through USF Athletics, your Orientation fees are billed to your OASIS account. Any questions about the fee can be directed to USF Orientation or USF Athletics. When making your reservation, complete all required information and click Submit at the last step. If family members will be attending with you, there is an additional fee for each family member. Please add any additional family members to your reservation after completing the student reservation. This ensures that the student fees will be billed to OASIS, while any family fees must be paid prior to attendance at a session.

USF Athletics AEC staff will coordinate your attendance at Orientation around your practices and other obligations. Attendance at an Orientation session is required by USF before starting classes.

I’m an ACE participant. What do I need to know about Orientation?

If you’ve been admitted into the Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement (ACE) Program, you will be required to reserve a date for yourself for Orientation and pay the registration fee. Students admitted into the ACE program should attend the Orientation session designated for ACE.

If you have questions about the Summer ACE program or need more information, please call 855-456-0649 or email us at SummerACE@usf.edu.