Female students participating in the games during welcome weekend on campus.

Campus Life

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.

Event Dates

Fall 2019 Start

  • July 25: 9am, North Campus Auditorium

Spring 2020 Start

  • January 9: 9am, North Campus Auditorium

Event Schedule

A full event schedule can be found on Cougar Life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about placement & pre-testing?

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.

Are guests of new students able to attend New Student Orientation?

Any guests of new students are welcome to attend New Student Orientation! Please refer to the full event schedule found on Cougar Life, which outlines the portions of our event that are open for guest participation.