Next Steps: Undergraduate (Fall 2015)
The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.
Reserve Your Spot
To reserve your spot at USF, you must submit the Intent to Enroll form and make a non-refundable admission deposit of $250.
- Fill out the Intent to Enroll form:
Download the Intent to Enroll form and send it in.
- Pay the admission deposit online by credit card:
To make your admission deposit, start by logging into myUSF using the instructions in your admission letter. Once in myUSF, click the link for View & Pay in the Quick Links box on the right. From the View & Pay homepage, click on the link for Make Payment. Click the link to add your deposit. Enter the deposit amount of $250 and select the semester you’ll be starting at USF. Add the deposit to your Charges to Pay then click Checkout *.
- Pay the admission deposit by personal check:
To pay by check, enclose a check for $250, payable to USF, and mail it with your Intent to Enroll form.
Office of Undergraduate Admission, Lone Mountain, Room 203
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6612, Fax: (415) 422-2217
Email: email@example.com, Web: www.usfca.edu/admission/undergraduate/welcome
Attend an Admitted Student Event
Admitted Student Visit Programs (April 18)
These signature programs allow you to experience all that USF has to offer. You will be able to meet with faculty and current students, tour campus, attend a model class led by a faculty member, learn about student life and talk with other future USF Dons. Learn more »
Intercultural Connection (April 17)
Through this program, you will connect with a current USF student mentor in an informational and interactive environment, explore the campus in a unique way, and learn about intercultural experiences that will introduce you to students from diverse backgrounds. Learn more »
Daily Visits (All Spring)
Of course, if you will be in San Francisco on any other day this spring, we offer daily visits for admitted students everyday, Monday - Saturday, with just a few exceptions. Take a look at the schedule and sign up for an information session and tour. Learn more »
Setup myUSF Account
The myUSF web portal is USF's online community resource, and provides access to the USF network, your USF email account, and many other services. You must log into myUSF in order to complete several of the following Next Steps, including those to Reserve Your Spot, Register for Classes, Apply for Housing, and more.
You may log into myUSF at myusf.usfca.edu with the username located on your admission letter and the associated password you created. If you haven't created a password, click the Set New/Forgot Password? link on the myUSF login page.
Confirm Financial Aid
After receipt of your FAFSA application and confirmation of your admission, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you an email financial aid notice to your myUSF email account. Upon receiving your email, you must log in to myUSF to accept or decline the aid offered to you.
- Go to the Financial Aid section of USF Connect:
Log into myUSF, then click on the Student button in the Self-Service box. Once in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Financial Aid menu.
- Accept or decline your aid:
Click on the Award link, then follow the link to accept or decline your award offers. Your aid cannot be credited towards your charges and you will not receive your aid unless you go online to accept it.
- Check the status of your aid:
Go to the Financial Aid Status link. If you have any outstanding requirements, you must complete them before your aid can be confirmed and credited towards your payment obligations.
Deadline: May 1st or within 30 days of receipt of your email award notice, whichever is later, but we recommend that you accept as soon as possible to assure that the aid will be credited to your tuition and other charges when billing occurs and payment is due.
Webtrack Advising will provide you with valuable information on USF's academic policies and procedures, your graduation requirements, placement tests, and your major requirements. It will also guide you through the online class registration process and, with help from your professors, tell you which classes to register for. Faculty will review your course selections and meet with you during Orientation week.
- Watch the Advising Tutorial:
Go to myusf.usfca.edu/webtrack and select your major from the dropdown menus to watch the advising video tutorials. If you have trouble streaming the video, you can also download a PDF of the tutorial.
- Take the Quiz:
After watching the Webtrack advising tutorial, you must pass the quiz in order to be cleared for class registration. Go to myusf.usfca.edu/webtrack and click on the Quiz link.
Deadline: Webtrack opens on Monday, June 8. You should complete the tutorial and quiz before class registration opens on Monday, June 15.
For questions about the Webtrack process:
Tel: (415) 422-4WEB
For log-in or technical difficulties:
Tel: (415) 422-6668, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for Classes
New students can begin registering for classes on Monday, June 15, once they have watched the advising tutorial and completed the quiz (Step 2).
- Decide which classes to take:
Browse the Schedule of Classes at myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/registration/class-schedule-final-exams to search for the classes you want to take. You should know which classes your professors have advised you to register for from watching the advising tutorials in Step 2.
If you are a transfer student, your degree evaluation will also help you decide which core and major requirements to take. To view your degree evaluation, log into myUSF, click on the Student button in the Self-Service box. Once you are in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, click on Student Records, and then click on Degree Evaluation.
- Start registering:
- Stay on track:
Remember to register for at least 16 credit hours to stay on track for graduation.
Deadline: Registration begins on Monday, June 15. Fall classes begin on August 25. The last day to add a class for Fall is August 31.
- Apply for housing in USFrooms:
Go to myusf.usfca.edu/housing. From the menu options on the left side of the page click on Apply for Housing. Then click on Apply Now! USFrooms in the center of the page.
- Submit Housing Deposit:
As part of your application in USFrooms, you will need to submit a $300 non-refundable housing pre-payment.
- Housing Exemptions:
The Office of Student Housing and Residential Education must authorize any exemptions to the housing requirement. You can apply for an exemption through USFrooms.
- A reminder that students who live on campus are not allowed to bring cars to San Francisco. You will receive MUNI passes for public transportation and may enroll in our Zipcar program with cars stationed throughout campus.
Deadline: May 1. If you are admitted after May 1, you must complete this step within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter.
New Student Orientation
Information on New Student Orientation will be provided in the coming months and typically begins in mid-August. It provides an opportunity to get to know the campus, the culture, the faculty, and other students.
Proof of Immunization
Incoming Students (Non-Nurses):
Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must submit evidence of two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
- Submit Proof:
Students can submit their records through the online HPS Immunization form, or by fax 888-471-2290.Please note, students residing in USF-operated housing will not be able to move in until all required immunization records are submitted.
- Save a copy:
All students are strongly encouraged to keep a copy of their immunization records for future reference.
Deadlines: September 1.Failure to complete the immunization requirement by September 1 will result in a $100 late fee and possible registration hold.
Nursing Students Only:
To protect the health of all USF community members and the patients that you serve, USF and our Clinical Partners require students to fulfill certain health requirements. Nursing students are expected to submit their immunization records to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, not Health Promotion Services.
- Submit proof:
Please go to the following website for full details: Additional Nursing Student Requirements.
- Save a copy:
All students are strongly encouraged to keep a copy of their immunization records for future reference.
Deadline:September 1. Failure to complete the immunization requirement by September 1 will result in a $100 late fee and possible registration hold. Students planning to reside in USF-operated housing must submit all required immunization records prior to moving in.
Health insurance is an investment in your well-being and peace of mind.
- USF Plan:
All undergraduate students registered for 9 credit hours or more will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan.
- Waive USF Plan:
Students who have a health insurance plan with coverage comparable to the USF-sponsored plan can waive the student health insurance plan online by visiting the myusf.usfca.edu/student-health-safety/hps/insurance/undergraduate. Fall waiver period begins in late June and ends September 1, at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline: September 1. If you do not waive the insurance requirement, you will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-sponsored plan.
Alcohol and Sexual Violence Online Course
Think About It is a required, science-based online alcohol and drugs misuse and sexual violence prevention education course that prepares incoming college students for the unique challenges and responsibilities of college life. USF requires all new first-year and transfer undergraduate students to take About It for college. The course is divided into three parts.
- Online Course:
New first-year and transfer undergraduate students will receive an email with instructions to take the course. The email will be sent to your USF Connect email address.
- Access the course:
Go to Health Promotion Services for information or visit the Think About It website.
Deadline: Part 1 of the online course must be completed by September 1, at 5:00 p.m. Part 2 must be completed by February 1, at 5:00 p.m. and Part 3 must be completed by September 1, at 5:00 p.m. If one or more parts are not completed, you will be charged a $100 fine per part. Please note that failure to complete Part I will result in a total of $300 in fines because you will not be given access to Part II or Part III.
All USF students are issued a university photo ID card called a USF One Card. As a current USF cardholder, you may use your USF One Card to unlock doors and gain entrance into University buildings and facilities. You may also use your USF One Card to access your Flexi meal plan account, Dons Dollars debit account, Student Rewards Program account, and Student Advantage account. (Please visit the One Card website at www.usfca.edu/onecard for more information on these other access and entitlement privileges.)
- Smile for the camera
Have someone take your picture (or find a favorite one in your collection). Your entire head and shoulders must be visible and you should be facing directly towards the camera. Make sure it’s saved as a JPG or JPEG file.
- Upload Your Photo
Log onto the Online ID Express website with your myUSF username and password. Under “Submit ID Photo”, click “Choose File” and find your photograph. Then upload and submit it.
- Beat the deadline
We ask that you complete the Online ID Express process at least one week prior to your orientation to allow sufficient time for the One Card Office staff to create your account and import your photo into our system.
- See If You Win
If you complete Online ID Express by the deadline, you will automatically be entered into a raffle (prize to be determined).
Deadline: One week before orientation.
One Card and Campus Security Systems, Lone Mountain, Room 130
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7663, Fax: (415) 422-6664
Email: email@example.com, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/one-card
Billing and Payment Information
In preparing for the start of the semester, you should plan how you will pay your semester bill, including tuition, fees, and room and board. You won't be charged until you register, but you should still prepare in advance and become familiar with the process.
- Review the Tuition and Fees for the current year:
Go to www.usfca.edu/billing-tuition and click the link for the current academic year under Tuition and Fees. Review the charges that you should expect for the semester. Included on this page are tuition charges, room and board, and additional fees.
- Go to View & Pay after you have registered:
Fall semester charges are applied to your student account in July. View & Pay statements will be available online in mid-July. Pre-registered students will receive an email notification to their usfca.edu email address when the statement is available to view online. Payment is due August 1st.
To access View & Pay, log into myUSF (myusf.usfca.edu). Click on the View & Pay link in the Quick Links box. In View & Pay, you can Make Payment or view Current Account Activity from the Your Account window. You can view your statements from the Your Bills window. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your account.
If you applied for and were offered aid but do not see an amount under authorized aid, go to (or return to) Student Self Service and click on the financial aid menu to determine if you have outstanding that you must complete. Please review the steps outline in Confirm Your Financial Aid if you need additional information.
- Choose your method of payment:
You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, international bank wire transfer, or by signing up for the payment plan. Go to myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/billing-tuition/payment-plan for more information.
- Set up an authorized payer:
Authorized payers are parents, spouses, employers, etc., who can view bills and make payments online. To set up an authorized payer, go to View & Pay, located in myUSF, then click the Add New link located in the Parents and Authorized Payers window. Authorized payers can go to myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/billing-tuition/authorized-payer for more information.
- Be aware of semester payment deadlines:
Fall: August 1
Intersession: January 2
Spring: January 2
Summer: May 1
Students must make payment in full or enroll in a payment plan by the deadlines listed above. Failure to meet the payment deadline will result in cancellation of your course registration. Please go to myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/billing-tuition/methods-of-payment for more information about the payment plan.
If you register for classes after the payment due date for the semester, you must be prepared to pay the balance due at the time of registration, or you must enroll in the payment plan.
Go to www.usfca.edu/billing-tuition for complete information about the university's tuition and payment policies.
Please view our video tutorials (myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/vtutorials) for information about accepting financial aid, making a payment online, view a bill or hold, creating an authorized payer, or enrolling in the payment plan.
Deadline: August 1. If you register after August 1, payment is due upon registration.
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
- Privacy of Records:
Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records and more) cannot be disclosed to any third party, even parents, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/privacy.
- Student Consent to Release Information:
Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to myusf.usfca.edu/onestop/student-consent-release-info for instructions on how to submit the form.
- What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
If you do not authorize your parents to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid or balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.
Deadline: You should understand your rights before you arrive on campus.
Explore Additional Resources
New students are encouraged to explore the following resources. From finding fitness classes to connecting your laptop to the network, the following resources will provide you with valuable information to help you get settled at USF.
- Center for Academic and Student Achievement (Academic Advising) - CASA
- Clubs and Organizations
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Information Technology Services (ITS)
- Koret Health and Recreation Center
- Learning and Writing Center
- MUNI Class Pass
- Parking and Transportation
- Student Disability Services
- Student Employment
- USF Bookstore