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Campus Life

USF’s First-Year Experience (FYE) is a year-long program that helps first-year students transition to the many aspects of USF life — academic, social, cultural, and spiritual.

Through a combination of courses, programs, and events, you’ll:

  • Develop the academic skills needed for university-level work
  • Learn the foundational content and method of your major
  • Understand USF’s Franciscan values and how they apply to contemporary society
  • Connect to all USF resources
  • Participate in leadership and community service activities
  • Come to know faculty, staff, and so many other students!

FYE Core Programs & Components

  • Orientation kicks off your FYE. There, you’ll meet faculty, staff, & other students as you participate in sessions on academic learning, leadership, and community service.
  • Welcome Weekend is a fun & meaningful 3-day experience for all new students. You’ll experience the USF community in full swing, meet student leaders, learn about resources, attend sessions, and come away with everything you need for a transformative college experience.
  • First Year Seminar, Engage, is an introductory course to university studies that all first-year students take during semesters 1 and 2.
  • Peer Mentors are student leaders who are trained to attend FYE classes and events with first year students, in order to assist in their USF transition.

As a result of your FYE, you’ll gain

  • Insight through information, especially the resources, services, and technology needed
  • New friendships with students and mentoring relationships with faculty and staff
  • Ownership over your experience, the kind that comes with confidence and support
  • The potential to transform as you grow through your USF experience