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Graduate Orientation

The Online Graduate Orientation is designed to provide you with a variety of useful resources to assist you in successfully transitioning to graduate school. Whether you are looking for information on how to properly format an academic paper or where to eat on campus, this is your one-stop shop for all your graduate school needs. Please review these graduate resources before beginning classes. If you have questions, please see our contact information listed below.

Online Orientation

The Online Orientation website will answer your questions about your username/password and your email, Blackboard and My Cougar Connection accounts.

Campus Resources

Student ID/Parking Pass

One of the first things you’ll need to do as a USF graduate student is get your student ID and parking pass from Security. Security is located just behind Brookside. Student parking is designated with signs posted throughout campus.


USF offers many dining options conveniently located throughout campus. You can put money on your student ID and use it like a debit card around campus.

Connect-Ed/School Closings

If there is a need to cancel classes because of severe weather, power outages or other conditions that may require closings, our Connect-Ed Alert System will send a message informing students about these closings via email and phone. USF will also post information about closings on our website and alert local TV and radio stations. Follow the link to register yourself in our Connect-Ed system.

Bookstore/Campus Shoppe

USF apparel, textbooks, snacks and discounted computer software are available at the Bookstore/Campus Shoppe. In many instances, students can rent their textbooks for the semester or purchase an eBook. Store hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fitness Center

Graduate students have free access to the Fitness Center. Located in Hutzell, the Fitness Center houses a variety of workout equipment.


The University of Saint Francis has 16 NAIA athletic teams. What better way to show your school spirit than by attending a sporting event and cheering on the USF Cougars!

Creative/Performing Arts

All graduate students have free access to the university’s art galleries, musical and theater productions and concerts. Bookmark our art page and check back regularly for dates.

Academic Writing Resources

The English Department at the University of Saint Francis maintains a resource list that includes our statement on plagiarism, writing resources/tips and style guides.



The entire staff of the Graduate School wishes you every success in your academic program. If you have any questions or would like additional information, do not hesitate to email us at the contacts listed below.

Enrollment Services Specialist

James Cashdollar

260-399-7700, ext. 6302

Kyle Richardson

260-399-7700, ext. 6310

Executive Director of Enrollment Services

Jamie McGrath

260-399-7700, ext. 6333

Director of the Graduate School

Dr. Doug Barcalow

260-399-7700, ext. 8400