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.
A full event schedule can be found on Cougar Life.
|9 a.m.-12 p.m.||Placement & Pre-Testing (Only Required for Select Students)||Pope John Paul II Center, 2nd Floor|
|12-1 p.m.||Overnight Experience Check-In (All Students Under the Age of 21)||Females (Bonzel Hall), Males (Trinity Hall)|
|1-2 p.m.||Event Check-In & Campus Resource Fair||Performing Arts Center|
|2:15 p.m.||Welcome & Event Kickoff||Performing Arts Center|
|2:45 p.m.||Session 1||Various Locations|
|3:30 p.m.||Session 2||Various Locations|
|4:15 p.m.||Session 3||Various Locations|
|5 p.m.||Dinner & Campus Resource Fair||Performing Arts Center|
|6 p.m.||Parent & Family Dismissal, Student Transition to Main Campus|
|6:30-10 p.m.||Late Night Programs & Overnight Experience||North Campus Auditorium & Residence Halls|
|8 a.m.||Breakfast||Trinity Hall|
|9 a.m.-12 p.m.||Academic Advising & Course Registration (Students Only)||Various Locations|
|9 a.m.-1 p.m.||Campus Resources (Any Students & Guests)||Various Locations|
|11 a.m.-2 p.m.||Wrap-Up & Check-Out|
Parents and family members are invited to attend New Student Orientation! For each event in June 2019, parents and family will follow a separate schedule from students:
Yes! Any students under the age of 21 are required to complete the overnight experience on campus. This overnight experience is inclusive for any new students and is not in any way related to a students’ housing intent (resident vs. non-resident) for the academic year.
New students that are 21 or older are exempt from the overnight experience and will follow this schedule:
Yes! We have a great relationship with Hyatt Place, and we’ve secured discounted room rates for any guests of our USF New Student Orientation events. Don’t hesitate to secure your reservations with now with Hyatt Place!
The Student Success Center will directly contact any students who have existing placement and/or pre-testing needs to complete prior to New Student Orientation.