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

Student Schedule

Day 1 Location
9-12pm Placement & Pre-Testing (only required for select students) PJP II Center, 2nd Floor
11:30am Mass Trinity Hall Chapel
12-1pm New Student Orientation Check-In Clare Hall
1pm New Student Orientation Kickoff North Campus Auditorium
Primer for Academics at USF
2-5pm New Student Sessions 1-4
Session 1 | #CougarLife: Student Life at USF Cougar Den
Session 2 | Student Success at USF Doermer 156
Session 3 | The USF First Year Experience Doermer 166
Session 4 | Hey Siri, what are my resources on campus? PJP II Center, 107
5:30pm Dinner North Campus Gym
6:30pm Parent & Family Dismissal
7pm New Student Session 5 North Campus Auditorium
8pm Late Night Event Cougar Den
10pm Overnight Experience Clare Hall
Day 2 Location
8am Breakfast Trinity Hall
8:45am Dismissal to Academic Schools North Campus Auditorium
9am-12pm Academic Advising & Course Registration Various Locations
10am-2pm Information Sessions & Campus Resources
Financial Aid  | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Auditorium
Residential Life & Housing  | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Gym
USF Athletics | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Gym
Campus Shoppe | Open from 9-2pm PJP II Center, 1st Floor
11-2pm Wrap-Up & Check-Out
Student ID Photos from 10-2pm Campus Security Hut
Wrap-Up & Reconnect with Parents & Family Brookside
Check-Out Clare Hall
11:30am Mass Trinity Hall Chapel
2pm Auditions for Band Program (only applies to select students)

Parent & Family Schedule

Day 1 Location
11:30am Mass Trinity Hall Chapel
12-1pm New Student Orientation Check-In Clare Hall
1pm New Student Orientation Kickoff North Campus Auditorium
Primer for Academics at USF
2-5pm Parent & Family Sessions 1-4
Session 1 | Supporting Your Student’s Success North Campus Auditorium
Session 2 | Coffee & Questions with Student Affairs North Campus Gym
Session 3 | The USF Experience: Learning, Leadership, and Service North Campus 208
Session 4 | #CougarLife: Student Life at USF North Campus 211
5:30pm Dinner North Campus Gym
6:30pm Parent & Family Dismissal
Day 2 Location
10am-2pm Information Sessions & Campus Resources
Financial Aid  | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Auditorium
Residential Life & Housing  | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Gym
USF Athletics | Begins at 10am & 11am North Campus Gym
Campus Shoppe | Open from 9-2pm PJP II Center, 1st Floor
11-2pm Student Wrap-Up & Check-Out Brookside
11:30am Mass Trinity Hall Chapel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is the Overnight Experience required for new student attendees?

Yes! The overnight experience is not related to any new students’ final housing intent at USF – resident or commuter – but rather is built into each New Student Orientation as part of the event itself to enable the best student experience and event schedule from Day 1 – Day 2.

New students who are transfer students or first time freshman, and are the age of 21 or older, are exempt from the overnight experience. These select students are welcome to complete the overnight experience, but if they choose to opt out of the overnight experience, then they will be responsible to secure their own overnight accommodations. An alternative evening event schedule for Day 1 will be explained for these students during the check-in process at New Student Orientation 2018.

Parents, family members, and any additional guests are not included in the overnight experience on campus and are encouraged to finalize their own plans regarding overnight accommodations for New Student Orientation 2018.

2. What should I bring for the Overnight Experience?

Upon check-in, students will receive a room key and room assignment. All students will be staying in Clare Hall for New Student Orientation 2018 and guests will be assigned by gender: 1st floor is the Men’s Hall, 2nd-3rd floors are the Women’s Hall.

Bed linens and bathroom towels will be provided for each student. However, these are items that each student is responsible to supply:

  • Pillow(s)
  • Blanket(s)
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies (i.e. toothbrush, soap, etc.)

3. Are there any special deals on overnight accommodations for guests of new students?

Yes! We have partnered with Hyatt Place Fort Wayne to provide discounted rates for any guests of new students during these events. Don’t hesitate to finalize your travel plans with Hyatt Place Fort Wayne and be sure to mention that you are a guest with USF and New Student Orientation 2018!

4. What is the Parent & Family Schedule?

Parents and family members are invited to attend New Student Orientation 2018! Any of these guests will follow a distinct event schedule as outlined above.

5. What is Placement & Pre-Testing?

This portion of New Student Orientation is managed by the Student Success & Academic Advising Center and only applies to select students. These students may need to complete necessary testing (placement testing and/or pre-testing) in order to determine accurate placement into their first semester courses at USF. The Student Success & Academic Advising Center will initiate communication with these select students prior to each event date, and they will serve as the primary point of contact for placement and/or pre-testing questions.

Student Success & Academic Advising Center

Office Location: Pope John Paul II Center, Office Suite 210

Phone: (260) 399-8065