Sarasota-Manatee Campus

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus building.


Welcome to the University of South Florida! We are happy you chose to continue your academic journey with us at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Transferring to a new college is exciting, but it can be overwhelming. That’s why we are here to support you — whether you are interested in getting involved on campus through clubs and organizations, or need help connecting with our many beneficial resources, we are a close-knit campus community that has your back.

Orientation is mandatory, but it’s a great way to start your journey as a USF Bull. The Orientation team can’t wait to welcome you at your orientation session, and we hope you are excited to become part of USF. Go Bulls!


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 live for Summer and Fall 2024.

Spring Start

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

Learn more:


Summer/Fall Start

Transfer Orientation Dates
Date Time Type
May 10, 2024



May 22, 2024 9:00am-1:00pm In-Person
June 11, 2024


June 21, 2024 12:00pm-2:30pm Virtual
August 16, 2024 12:00pm-2:30pm Virtual

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.


There is a $35 Orientation fee per student that helps cover 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.

Additional fees are required for families and guests to attend Orientation with their student.

Transfer Orientation Session Fees

Attendee Type Fee
Transfer $35
Parent, Family or Guest $35
Child (6-12) $35

Please note: Fees represent a per person rate.


Summer/Fall Start

Orientation schuedules will be sent to the student's USF email prior to the session. 

Spring Start

Orientation schuedules will be sent to the student's USF email prior to the session. 


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

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 941-359-4342. 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.

If you need any type of accommodation during your session, please email so we can ensure that all your needs are met. Requests should be submitted at least 14 business days prior to your session. In cases of emergency situations, we will do our best to meet your needs.

Can families and guests attend Orientation?

Family and guests are invited to attend in-person orientations at the family and guest rate. To best support families and guests of students, we provide valuable resources at Orientation and will be open and available to answer any questions that you may have. As a family or guest, even if you decide not to join us for Orientation, we encourage you to review our USF Bull Family Connect guide. It includes helpful information to connect you to relevant campus and university resources. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office by emailing us or by calling 941-359-4342.

Please note: Overnight accommodations are not available for the USF Orientation experience.


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 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. The student agrees to pay Orientation fees within other University tuition and fee deadlines. Please email to request the Orientation fee be charged to your student account. 

At this time guest fees will not be charged to a student’s account. Guests may register and 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. Please email to make a refund request. For more information, contact our office.

Preparing for Orientation Day

How do I print my Orientation parking permit? 

If a parking permit is required for your session, you will receive instructions in the orientation session reminder email prior to your session date.

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

Knowing the specific classes you’ve 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.

What technology is needed to participate in the Virtual Orientation sessions? 

To ensure you have a seamless virtual session day, please be sure that you have access to:

  • Reliable Internet Connection
  • Laptop or Desktop Computer
  • Webcam and Microphone

If you cannot access any of these required items, please contact the Office of Orientation immediately by emailing us at

Reservation Information

How do I change the 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 941-359-4342 and the Office of Admissions by submitting an Application Update Form. Application Update Forms can take up to two 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 or 941-359-4342. 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/guest to attend the Family/Guest Orientation session by logging back into their Orientation reservation prior to 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/guest may contact the Office of Orientation via email or phone to be added to the session date.

Transfer Students

I am a former USF student, returning to USF. Do I need to attend Orientation?

As a former student returning to USF, you are not required to attend Orientation. However, you must set up an appointment with your academic advisor in order to register for classes.

Also, be sure to check with Student Health Services as you may need to meet new immunization requirements.

If you would like to attend Orientation to learn more about or refresh yourself on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, you are welcome to email us at to register!

I am seeking a second baccalaureate. Do I need to attend Orientation?

Students seeking their second bachelor’s degree must attend a Transfer Orientation.

Second Baccalaureate students who received their first bachelor’s degree from USF are not required to attend Orientation but must contact Academic Advising to set up an advising appointment in order to register for classes.

If you would like to attend Orientation to learn more about or refresh yourself on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, you can reserve your seat online.

When will I receive academic advising? 

All transfer students who receive confirmation they have been admitted to USF and have registered for their USF Orientation will receive an email from their academic advisor informing them of the action to take to receive advising and register for classes. You can anticipate receiving the email from your advisor within 15 business days after registering for your USF orientation. Please check your USF email and be sure to follow the instructions from your advisor.

When should I make an appointment to see my academic advisor? 

After you are admitted to USF and registered for your USF Orientation, you will receive an email from your advisor. Within the email, your advisor will prompt you to make an advising appointment via Archivum. If you are able to make an advising appointment prior to the date of your USF Orientation, this will be referred to as “preadvising." Once you complete your USF Orientation and receive preadvising or advising, you can register for classes.

How do I make an appointment to meet with my academic advisor so I can register for classes? 

You can make an advising appointment using the online appointment scheduling system known as Archivum.

What if I want to change my major before classes start? 

If you decide to change your major, you should contact both the advising office of the new major and your current major to seek guidance on whether you are eligible for the new major and how to complete the change of major process. General contact information on advising in each college can be found on our website.

What if I haven’t heard from an advisor? 

After you register for your university Orientation, you will receive an email from your advisor to your USF account. You can anticipate receiving the email from your advisor within 15 business days of registering for Orientation. If you find you have not received an email from your advisor after 15 business days of registering for your university Orientation, you are welcome to contact the Office of Orientation at or by phone at 941-359-4342

Can I make an advising appointment on my own? 

The advising community recognizes new students are eager to connect with their advisor, so we will reach out to you!  After you register for your university Orientation, your advisor will begin preparing for your upcoming university orientation date. As part of that preparation, your advisor will email you within 15 business days after you register for Orientation. Be sure to check your USF email for an email from your advisor!

If you still wish to make an advising appointment, you can do so using Archivum. If you have technical difficulties with Archivum, please contact the IT helpdesk at

I’ve tried to make an appointment, but I don't have access to Archivum. What should I do? 

If you have technical difficulties with Archivum, please contact the IT helpdesk at

I applied and was admitted for summer, but I would like to start in the fall semester instead. What should I do to update my admission for the subsequent term? 

You will need to complete an application update form and send it directly to The update form must be received by the admissions deadline for the semester. The form takes four to six weeks to process. Students who fail to register for the semester in which they were admitted will have their admissions canceled. This also applies if you want to change the major you had initially indicated on your application form.

What should I do if my admission is canceled for nonenrollment? 

Students who do not register for classes for the term in which they’ve been admitted will have their admission canceled. Use the Application Update Form when requesting changes to your original application information, such as term of entry, major or campus, or when submitting changes in contact information. Be sure to submit this form by the application deadline of the term in which you wish to enroll.

I have a hold on my records for immunization. Who do I talk to about this? 

You will need to contact Student Health Services at 813-974-2331.  You may also log in to myBullsPath to review and upload required documents.