New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is the kickoff for the USF First Year Experience! During NSO, students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, student leaders, and their peers. New students will get to experience our community at USF, and they will be equipped to begin their college career on a solid foundation through participating in sessions/activities on learning, leadership, and service!

Whether you are a first-time freshman or a transfer student, we want to ensure that you are equipped with the information, resources, and relationships needed for a transformational college experience at USF! All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation. After you have been accepted to USF and paid your confirmation deposit, please be sure to make your selection for one of our New Student Orientation 2018 dates because these spots fill up quickly! The deadline for completing your online registration is 1 week prior to each available date. The NSO 2018 sign up form can be found on a new student’s My Cougar Connection (MCC) Cougar Checkpoint.

New Student Orientation 2018

  • May 23-24
  • June 7-8
  • June 14-15
  • August 16

Student Schedule

Day 1 Location
8:30-9am New Student Orientation Check-In North Campus Auditorium
9am New Student Orientation Kickoff North Campus Auditorium
9:15am Session 1 | Primer for Academics at USF
9:50am Session 2 | The USF Experience: Learning, Leadership, and Service North Campus Auditorium
10:15am Break
10:30am Session 3 | Student Success at USF North Campus Gym
11am Session 4 | #CougarLife: Student Life at USF North Campus Gym
Info Sessions & Campus Resources
11:30am Financial Aid Info Session North Campus Auditorium
12pm Residential Life & Housing Info Session North Campus Gym
12:30pm USF Athletics Info Session North Campus Gym
12-4pm Student ID Photos Campus Security Hut
12-5pm Campus Shoppe is open! PJP II Center, First Floor
12-5pm Financial Aid | Individual appointments available  Trinity Hall

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the Parent & Family Schedule?

Parents and family members are invited to attend New Student Orientation 2018! For the August 16 event date, parents and family will follow the same schedule as students.

2. What is the difference between the New Student Orientation 2018 Events in May/June and August?

New Student Orientation on August 16, 2018 is for any new students that are enrolling in classes for the Fall 2018 Semester and yet did not attend one of the May/June event dates. The August event date is a condensed schedule, but much of the same content will be provided for new students and their parents/family members as what was offered in May/June. New students do not need to attend more than one New Student Orientation date. After a new student attends one of these events, their final step before beginning classes is attending Welcome Weekend 2018, taking place August 24-26.

3. Will there be food services available for New Student Orientation?

If any students and/or guests are interested in dining on campus during the event, meals may be purchased at the Trinity Dining Hall between 11-12:30pm.