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

Campus Life

You might think your First Year Experience (FYE) starts on your first day of classes. In reality, your FYE begins with getting oriented to the university well before the start of the semester. Through our New Student Orientation (NSO) online and Campus Connection Day on campus, you will be prepared for all that awaits you in your FYE! 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! Students may also visit the FYE page on My Cougar Connection to sign up for Campus Connection Day.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

The online NSO is a wealth of information and resources. Designed to be engaging and informative, NSO will walk you through some next steps and introduce you to the key elements of the student experience. Online NSO is updated for each incoming class. All new students are required to complete the online orientation and can expect to hear from the FYE office when the orientation launch is ready!

Campus Connection Day

Spend the day on campus and familiarize yourself with your new home away from home! Campus Connection Day focuses on key interpersonal connections and knowledge of campus facilities, grounds, and resources. Confirmed and enrolled students can sign up for Campus Connection Day, choosing between June and July dates. To sign up, students can log on to My Cougar Connection and find the Orientation page under First Year Experience, or use the link provided in communication from the Office of First Year Experience.

Tentative Schedule

10:00 a.m. – Doors Open
10:30 a.m. – Welcome
11:00 a.m. – Sacred Time
11:30 a.m. – Lunch + Program
1:00 p.m. – Parent Program
1:00 p.m. – Student Program
3:30 p.m. – Connections Fair

Our campus chaplain celebrates Mass at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Parents and students are welcome to attend Mass in the beautiful St. Francis Chapel as we begin our day with prayer.