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 2019 event dates because these spots fill up quickly! The deadline for completing your online registration is 1 week prior to each available event date. The NSO 2019 sign up form can be found on a new student’s My Cougar Connection (MCC) Cougar Checkpoint.

New Student Orientation 2019

  • January 10 (Spring 2019 Semester Start)
  • June 6-7 (Fall 2019 Semester Start)
  • June 13-14 (Fall 2019 Semester Start)
  • June 20-21 (Fall 2019 Semester Start)

Sample 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 Info Session | Financial Aid North Campus Auditorium
12pm Info Session | Residential Life & Housing North Campus Auditorium
12:30pm Info Session | USF Athletics North Campus Auditorium
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 2019! For the January 2019 event date, parents and family will follow the same schedule as students. For the June 2019 event dates, parents and family will follow a separate schedule from students.

2. 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.