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Welcome to USF!

Here at Orientation, we believe in providing a seamless transition to every student and family member who will call USF their home. The University of South Florida first-year Orientation experience is hosted in-person on campus and attendance is required.  All first-year students admitted to USF will be required to complete 3 parts of the Orientation experience.  The experience consists of (1) completing of an Online Pre-Orientation Course via Canvas (University Learning Management System), (2) completing the Academic Program Requirements (3) attending an on-campus USF Orientation event at USF Tampa campus.

Be sure to continue checking your USF email, as you will receive additional details to prepare for your arrival prior to Orientation. Do not hesitate to reach out to our office by calling 813-974-3060 or emailing us at

Reservation Guide
Step 1

START HERE: Complete Your Orientation Reservation

Tampa campus Orientation reservations open on October 18, 2022. This process can be started on our main Reservation page. Click here now!

Step 2

Step 1

Complete Pre-Orientation Canvas Course

Students will receive access to the required Pre-Orientation Canvas Course in five to seven business days after they've completed their Orientation reservation. Students must complete the entire course prior to attending their Orientation session. Failure to complete this course prior to your Orientation session may cause delays or challenges in your ability to register for courses.

Step 3

Step 2

Complete Academic Program Requirements

Students can expect to interact with their Academic Program during the following program components:

  • Their College's Overview Module (Linked in the Pre-Orientation Canvas Course).
  • Their Orientation session with their academic college or program

Within both of these programs, students will learn the essentials of academic onboarding, as it relates to their college and program of study. These steps will ensure students are able to be registered by their respective academic advisors and are prepared for the Live Synchronous Orientation session.

Students must monitor their USF email for messages from their respective academic programs and the Office of Orientation regarding additional information about their advising meeting or Orientation session.


Step 5

Step 3

Attend In-Person Orientation session

All undergraduate first-year students are required to attend an in-person on-campus Orientation event to satisfy the last step of their Orientation requirements.  Students will be required to arrive to the Tampa campus and be visible for the whole program. This experience will include a time for students to participate in educational sessions which will assist in their transition into the university community, complete their campus business including picking up their ID card, clearing holds, getting a tour of the university, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to connect with new incoming students and build connections prior to the start of their first semester. Please make sure to check your USF email for more details about program location and other information. 


                   family and guest orientation program

Families and guests of incoming first-year students will be given the option to register for 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. 

If you’d like to attend, please make sure your student formally adds you to their Orientation reservation.



What is myBullsPath?
It's a one-stop student on-boarding portal that allows you to complete tasks all in one place (like registering for orientation or applying for housing).  The portal is designed for newly admitted undergraduate students, for all three USF campuses (Tampa, St.Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee).

How do I use it?

  1. Use your NetID and password to log into the myBullsPath portal.
  2. You will see a series of "cards".  Each card represents a task or series of tasks that. you need to complete.  They are color-coded so you know which to pay attention to:
    • Green means you've completed the task. 
    • Red means you need to complete the task.
    • Yellow means the task is in progress.
    • Gray means you will need to complete the task in the future but not now. 
  3. Follow the steps in the portal to complete any necessary tasks.

MyBullsPath Portal