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Campus Life

Welcome to USF!

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 on Cougar Checkpoint, choosing between two July dates. To sign up, students can log on to My Cougar Connection and find the registration under Orientation.

Tentative Schedule


9 a.m. – Mass
St. Francis Chapel

10 – 10:30 a.m. – Residence Hall Tours
Bonzel & Trinity


10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Connections Fair
North Campus South Lobby

11:30 a.m. – Check-in
North Campus West Lobby

12 p.m. -Lunch and Welcome
North Campus Gymnasium

1 p.m. – Parent Program
North Campus Auditorium

1 p.m. – Student Activity with OWL Team
Brookside Lawn

2:30 p.m. – USF Trivia and Prizes
North Campus Auditorium

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Choose Your Own Adventure
(Semi-guided campus exploration and support connections)

  • Find your classrooms and explore Academic Buildings
  • Schedule Assistance
  • Canvas 101
  • Visit various campus highlights
  • Refreshments and more!