Transfer Orientation - Welcome to USFSM!

Important Announcement for Spring 2014 Admits

The Orientation Sessions for Spring 2014 admitted students are now over. If you have not fulfilled your Orientation requirement, you must come in to see your advisor on Friday, January 3rd in order to be cleared to register.

Remember: you must be registered for at least one course by 5pm on Friday, January 3rd in order to avoid a $100 late registration fee.
Questions? orientation@sar.usf.edu or (941) 359-4330

Summer 2014 New Student Orientation


Immunization Requirement: You will NOT be able to register for classes until we receive and process your immunization information!

Welcome to USFSM!

Now that you have been admitted, your next step is to sign up for an Orientation session. Completion of Orientation is mandatory for undergraduate students newly admitted to USF and comprised of two parts: the general Orientation session (presented in an online or in-person format) and a Newly Admitted Student Appointment with your advisor.

Who should attend Orientation?

All newly admitted undergraduate students who have never taken classes at USF as a degree seeking student must attend Orientation and a Newly Admitted Student Appointment.

What will I learn at Orientation?

Orientation will provide you with university and academic information, as well as financial aid and student affairs information specific to the Sarasota-Manatee campus. If you attend an in-person general Orientation session, you will also have the opportunity to meet fellow students and get to know USF Sarasota-Manatee staff members.

What should I do before I register for Orientation?

  • Obtain your NetID and make sure you can login to your USF email account (eg. jsmith@mail.usf.edu). You will need your U#. Any information regarding Orientation will be sent to this email account.
  • Decide whether you would prefer an online or in-person Orientation session by reviewing the details below. You need only attend the online Orientation or the in-person Orientation. NOT BOTH.
  • Make sure your home campus is USF Sarasota-Manatee. Only USF Sarasota-Manatee students can fulfill their Orientation requirement on the Sarasota-Manatee campus.
  • Make sure you have been admitted for the Fall 2013 semester.
  • If you need to update your campus or admissions term (term of entry), please fill out this form and fax it to USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions at (941) 359-4236.

Immunization Requirement: Important!

If you do not submit the required immunization information, you will NOT be able to register for courses.

For students admitted into the Communication Sciences and Disorders program only

Due to the online nature of this program, you must sign up for the online Orientation (not the in person sessions). Your Newly Admitted Student Appointment will be included in the online Orientation, so you will not need to register for an on-campus appointment. Once you complete the online Orientation, you will be assigned a registration appointment time within 2 business days.

Orientation Components

Online Orientation

Our online Orientation is designed for you to complete at your leisure. If you decide to register for the online Orientation session, you will receive a link to the session with unique login and password credentials when the session becomes available for completion. This information will be sent to your USF email address (eg. jsmith@mail.usf.edu). It may take up to two business days to process your Orientation registration, so register early!

You are welcome to complete your Newly Admitted Student Appointment with your advisor before or after you complete the online Orientation session, but keep in mind that you must complete both the online Orientation session and the Newly Admitted Student Appointment before you will receive a registration appointment time (a registration appointment time designates the date and time at which you may begin registering for classes). Assignment of a registration appointment time can take up to two business days to process, so be sure to complete your Newly Admitted Student Appointment and online Orientation session as soon as possible.

In Person Orientation

Our in-person Orientation session gives you the opportunity to meet with USFSM staff members and interact with student organizations such as student government. If you decide to register for an in-person Orientation session, you will receive a receipt of registration at your USF email address (eg. jsmith@mail.usf.edu) within two business days of your registration submission. The general Orientation session lasts approximately 2 hours. Due to space constraints, we ask that guests not attend unless necessary, maximum 1 guest per student. Please be sure to indicate how many guests (in addition to yourself) that will be attending the Orientation session on the Orientation Registration form.

We encourage you to complete your Newly Admitted Student Appointment before attending Orientation. If this is not possible, advisors will be available after the main Orientation session to provide Newly Admitted Student Appointments in a group format. This can last up to an additional 1 1/2 hours, so you would need plan to be on campus that day for up to a total of 3 1/2 hours.

Our registrar will be available after the general Orientation session and Newly Admitted Student Appointments to assist students in registering for their first set of courses at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Once you get home, you will be able to change your class schedule at any time, as your registration appointment time will have been assigned after you completed your general Orientation session and Newly Admitted Student Appointment.

Newly Admitted Student Appointments

*The Newly Admitted Student Appointment for CSD (BS-SLS) Majors is integrated into the online Orientation.
Our Newly Admitted Student Appointment is designed to familiarize you with your chosen college and major, as well as introduce you to your academic advisor. Your advisor will:

  • Discuss the policies of your college
  • Assist with holds that may impede registration
  • Discuss how to register for classes and submit permits (if applicable)
  • Assist with selecting courses for your first semester
  • Familiarize you with the services academic advising provides

Remember: the Newly Admitted Student Appointment is mandatory for all newly admitted students. Newly Admitted Student Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis, and fill up quickly. Assignment of a registration appointment time is dependent upon the completion of both a general Orientation session (in-person or online) and the Newly Admitted Student Appointment, so be sure to sign up for your appointment as soon as possible by clicking on the link in the flow chart below.

When you go to this site, log in if you have previously made an appointment with one of our advisors, or click "First Time User" and create your account. Once you are logged in, select "Newly Admitted Student" as your Department, select your college/major as the Activity, and then select the appropriate option under Advisor. Once confirmed, you will be scheduled to come in for your Newly Admitted Student Appointment.

If you are a College of Business or a College of Arts and Sciences student, your appointment will be in a group format. Due to limited space, we ask that you not bring guests or children to the session. If you would like to attend your Newly Admitted Student Appointment with an advisor at our North Port Instructional Site, please call (941) 426-7330 to schedule an appointment.

Orientation Registration Options

Please review the following options and proceed with one path that best fits your needs. Emails regarding Orientation will be sent to your USF email address (eg. jsmith@mail.usf.edu) ONLY!
CSD (BS-SLS) Students: Your Newly Admitted Student Appointment is built into the online Orientation, you DO NOT need to attend a Newly Admitted Student Appointment to complete Orientation.
*Note: The cost of Orientation varies depending on number of guests and student level, but the student cost is the same whether you choose the online format or the in-person session.

In-Person Orientation

  1. Obtain NetID/USF email address
  2. Register for In-Person Orientation (Aprox. 2 hours)
  3. Attend Newly-Admitted Student Appointment at In-Person Orientation (Aprox. 1-1.5 hours) OR
    Schedule a Newly-Admitted Student Appointment with your advisor PRIOR to Orientation
  4. Receive Registration Appoinement Time and Register for classes at Orientation.

Online Orientation

  1. Obtain NetID/USF email address
  2. Register for Online Orientation (Registration is currently closed)
  3. Schedule a Newly-Admitted Student Appointment with your advisor (Registration appointments are assigned once BOTH the Newly Admitted Student Appointment and General Appointment Session have been completed. Please allow two business days for processing)
  4. Register for classes on your own once you have received a Registration Appointment Time

Special Accommodations

If you are in need of accommodations for a disability, please contact the office of Disability Services.

International Students

International students are required to attend an additional orientation in Tampa. Please refer to the International Services Web site for complete information. It is extremely important to adhere to these guidelines.

You are required to attend both Orientations.