Starting in Spring - Transfer
Welcome to USF!
Transfer students admitted to USF for Spring 2022 will be required to reserve and complete a three-part virtual Orientation experience. The experience consists of (1) completing a required Pre-Orientation Canvas course (2) completing the academic program requirements for your respective academic college, and (3) attending a Live Synchronous Orientation session via Microsoft Teams.
1) Pre-Orientation Canvas Course
Upon reservation of their Live Synchronous Orientation session date, students can expect to receive access to a Canvas course (University Learning Management System) with Pre-Orientation content within 24-48 hours. The invitation to join this course will be sent to the student’s USF e-mail account. This course is full of supplemental information that can be completed at the student's own pace, but is required for students to complete all quizzes included before the date of their Live Synchronous Orientation session (see step #3 below).
2) Academic Program Requirements and Information
Undergraduate Colleges continue to support our new students with academic onboarding into their admitted program. Once a student has reserved their Live Synchronous Orientation session date, they will receive an email from their respective academic college within 15 business days. This e-mail will outline what their academic college requires them to complete before they begin classes at USF.
The academic colleges ask that students please monitor their USF email account. Students should be sure to follow the instructions provided by their academic college, as these steps will allow them to register for classes and be prepared for their Live Synchronous Orientation session. Additionally, students are required to complete a College Overview for the academic college of their major. This College Overview can be found in the Pre-Orientation Canvas course (see step #1 above).
If students have not heard from their academic college within 15 business days of paying for Orientation, they are welcome to contact their Academic College.
3) Live Synchronous Orientation Session
The Live Synchronous Orientation session for Transfer students is an Orientation experience led by the USF Orientation Leaders (OLs) and staff. This program allows students to engage with a group of other incoming undergraduate transfer students and receive important USF information that is best delivered in a small group or discussion-based format. In order to complete the Live Synchronous Orientation session, students must have access to a computer, microphone, camera, and reliable internet connection.The session will take place via Microsoft Teams. We advise students to download Microsoft Teams to their computer desktop in advance of their Orientation date. Students will need to be logged into Microsoft Teams with their USF NetID and password in order to be successful. If they have trouble, they may email USF Information Technology for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Optional, Additional In-Person Experience
We are excited to announce that this Spring there is also an opportunity to attend an additional in-person Orientation experience taking place Friday, January 7, 2022. The event will run from 9:00am to 4:45pm EST on the USF Tampa campus. This experience will include a time for students to participate in educational sessions which will assisnt 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. The event is no additional fee, but does need to be reserved ahead of time. If you are interested in attending (we highly encourage you to!), please log in to your Orientation reservation and add the event.
Family and Guest Orientation Program
Families and guests of incoming USF Transfer students will be given the option to register for a supplemental Family and Guest virtual Orientation session. Like the student Orientation experience, the family and guest experience will include access to a Live Synchronous Orientation session and access to asynchronous content to be viewed at the family or guest’s own pace via Canvas catalog. They will also have the option to attend the Friday, January 7 in-person event as well (see above).
MYBULLSPATH PORTAL INFORMATION
What is myBullsPath?
It's a one-stop student on-boarding portal that allows students to complete tasks all in one place (like reserving Orientation or applying for housing). The portal is designed for newly admitted undergraduate students, both domestic and international, for all three USF campuses (Tampa, St.Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee).
How do I use it?
- Students should use their NetID and password to log into the myBullsPath portal.
- Students will see a series of "cards." Each card represents a task or series of tasks
that they need to complete. They are color-coded so students know which to pay attention
- Green means the task is complete.
- Red means the task needs to be completed.
- Yellow means the task is in progress.
- Gray means the task will need to be completed inthe future, but not now.
- Follow the steps in the portal to complete any necessary tasks.