Next Steps: Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Clinical Psychology, and RN Transition programs

Welcome to the School of Nursing and Health Professions at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Review Your Admission Letter

Please carefully read your admission letter. There are important instructions in your admission letter including:

  • The deadline for securing your space in your graduate program.
  • Contact information for program related questions.

In addition, please read any email that you may receive from the University of San Francisco.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

Step 2: Reserve Your Space

Please follow the instructions below in order to reserve your space in your graduate program. If your deposit has not been received by the deadline stated in your admission letter, your admission may be withdrawn.

  1. Declare Your Intent to Enroll:
    On your application status page, please complete the online Intent to Enroll form to accept or decline this offer of admission. You will need to declare your intent to enroll before making your admission deposit.
  2. Pay Your Admission Deposit:
    After you have completed the Intent to Enroll form, please pay your non-refundable deposit by the deadline stated in your admission letter. This deposit is applied to your first tuition payment.

    You may pay your deposit through the link on your status page, which becomes available after you complete the Intent to Enroll form. International payments are made through Flywire, and will take 48 hours to process and reflect on your account.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

Step 3: Create Your myUSF Account

Most university business is handled online, so you will need to set up your myUSF account as soon as possible. You must be able to log into your myUSF account in order to view and accept financial aid, pay your space deposit and account bill, register for courses, check your mail, and many other functions.

Follow these steps to get started

Questions?
Information Technology Services (ITS), Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6668
Email: itshelp@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/its

Step 4: Send Your Official Transcripts

The university requires receipt of official transcripts from admitted students. Holds are placed by the Office of Graduate Admission during the first semester and will prevent admitted students from registering for subsequent semesters.

Request that official transcripts showing final grades from all accredited institutions attended to be sent to:

University of San Francisco
Office of Graduate Admission
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

As stated in the online application, USF reserves the right to rescind admission based upon official documents received or not received.

Questions?
Graduate Admissions, Lone Mountain
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2090
Email: graduate@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/admission/graduate

Step 5: Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens, Eligible Non-Citizens and Undocumented Students

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens qualify for federal aid, and therefore, can submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To determine if you are an eligible non-citizen, please visit this link.

After receipt of your FAFSA application, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you a financial aid notice. Upon receiving your notice, you must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.

  • Go to the Financial Aid section of myUSF:
    Log into myUSF, then click on the Student button in the Student Self Service box. Once in Student Self Service, click on the Student tab, and then click on the Financial Aid menu.
  • Check the status of your aid:
    Click on the Financial Aid Status link. If you have any outstanding requirements, you must complete them before your aid can be confirmed.
  • Accept or decline your aid:
    Click on the Award link, then follow the link to accept or decline your award offers. You will not receive your aid unless you go online to accept it.

Deadline: You must accept your aid within 30 days of receipt of your award letter.

Undocumented Student Resources:

Questions?
Student Enrollment Services, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/student-enrollment-services

Step 6: Housing Options

For graduate students who move to San Francisco, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Graduate students have two housing options:

  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of USF graduate students choose to live in apartment off-campus (not operated by the university). Some graduate programs offer assistance in connecting students who want to search for an apartment together. USF's Off-Campus Housing website provides tools for searching for housing, information on SF neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, and more. Go to the Off-Campus Housing website to get started now.
  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF also offers a limited number of gradate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To learn more about housing at USF, see Apply for Housing. As part of your application in USF rooms, you will need to submit a $300 non-refundable housing pre-payment.
Questions?
Student Housing and Residential Education, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email: share@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/housing

Step 7: Health Insurance

  • Automatic enrollment:
    To protect your health and well-being all domestic graduate students registered for 6 credit hours or more, all international graduate students registered for 1 credit hour or more, and all graduate students who reside in USF operated housing will be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance provided through Aetna.

    Exception: Graduate students enrolled in online degree programs who do not reside in USF operated housing will NOT be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance.

  • Waive USF plan:
    Students who have a health insurance plan with coverage comparable to the USF-sponsored plan may choose to waive the student insurance each academic year. Students can visit myusf.usfca.edu/hps to view waiver instructions and access the health insurance waiver application.
  • Voluntary Enrollment:
    Domestic graduate students registered for under 6 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in an online degree program are eligible to voluntarily purchase the plan online by visiting myusf.usfca.edu/hps.

Deadline: The deadline to waive the student insurance or voluntarily enroll in the plan for the fall semester is September 1. The deadline for the spring semester is February 1.

For more information, go to www.usfca.edu/hps/insurance.

Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: hps@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/hps

Step 8: Take the Think About It Course

  • Think About It: Graduate is a mandated online 45 minute training program provides sexual assault and sexual harassment (including Title IX and Campus SaVE Act) training carefully tailored to the unique needs of graduate students and students at USF's additional locations. All incoming graduate students, students at USF's additional locations, visiting students, online, and special program students are required to take the course.

    Students who do not successfully complete the Think About It course will be fined $100.

    Deadline:

    • Fall Semester Admits: August 15
    • Spring Semester Admits: January 15
Questions?
Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email: think@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/hps

Step 9: SONHP Health and Castle Branch Requirements

The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) has health requirements beyond that of the University's Health Promotion Services. Students and Transition RNs enrolled in the RN-MSN, MSN for the non-nurse, DNP, PsyD and RN Transition programs must complete all clinical health and Castle Branch requirements (fee based) prior to starting any clinicals, practica, and fieldwork. The Castle Branch requirements include: background check, drug test, and health requirements. Some agencies may also require fingerprinting. The aforementioned must be completed via Castle Branch (approved vendor of SONHP).

Information on all clinical health and Castle Branch requirements listed above can be found at: myusf.usfca.edu/nursing/health-requirements

Questions?
School of Nursing & Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

Step 10: One Card and Nursing ID Badges

All USF students and Transition RNs are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including your classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, Koret Health and Recreation Center, and more. All nursing students and Transition RNs will also be assigned a Nursing ID Badge and will be required to wear it during clinical/practicum/fieldwork courses.

  • Smile for the camera:
    Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulder visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
  • Log onto I.D. Express:
    I.D. Express will allow you to pre-order your USF One Card so that it is ready for you to pick up on or after the USF New Student Orientation, unless you are told otherwise by your program staff. To get started, go to: myusf.usfca.edu/student-life/one-card.
Questions?
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: onecard@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/student-life/one-card

Step 11: Set Up Your Student Account

This step does not apply to the RN Transition Program. Please skip to Step 12.

Before you register for classes, you should plan how you will pay your semester bill, including tuition, fees.

  • Go to View & Pay:
    Log into myUSF. Click on the View & Pay link in the Quick Links box on the right. This is where you can view your bill, make payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your account.
  • Choose your method of payment:
    You may pay your tuition using online e-check, personal checks, bank wires, or by signing up for the payment plan. Visit the myUSF Billing and Tuition website for more information on payment methods.
  • Set up an authorized payer:
    Authorized payers are spouses, employers, etc., who view bills and make payment online. To set up an authorized payer, go to View & Pay, located in the Quick Links box of myUSF, and click the Add New link located in the Parents and Authorized Payers box. Authorized payers can go to the myUSF Billing and Tuition website (authorized payers ONLY) for more information.
  • Be aware of semester payment deadlines:
    • Fall: August 1
    • Intersession: January 2
    • Spring: January 2
    • Summer: May 1

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. Visit myUSF's Billing and Tuition website for complete information about the University's tuition and payment policies.

Questions?
Student Enrollment Services, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/student-enrollment-services

Step 12: 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 or spouses, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to: myusf.usfca.edu/registration/privacy.
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must complete 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/registration/student-consent-release-info.
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
    If you do not authorize someone to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your spouse or parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.
Questions?
Student Enrollment Services, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/student-enrollment-services

Step 13: Register for Classes

Every newly admitted matriculating student is assigned an adviser who will help you plan your program of study. For the RN Transition Program, the program team will register you for your courses, and the Program Director is the adviser. Please skip to Step 14.

  • Students will receive a curriculum pattern and/or registration instructions via e-mail from their program team.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to register, visit our online registration instructions page.
  • After registration, students can go online to pay in full or can sign up for the payment plan. Unpaid balances are subject to late fees.
  • Be aware of deadlines: It is important to know the last day to drop classes in case you have to withdraw unexpectedly. To find out the last day to drop a class for a full refund, refer to the academic calendar.
Questions?
Student Enrollment Services, Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email: onestop@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/student-enrollment-services

Step 14: Orientation

Orientation Schedule for Fall 2018: All School of Nursing and Health Professions graduate programs are participating in a Networking, Orientation, and Welcome Event.

Date: August 9, 2018. Time: 2:00p PT (Optional Resource Fair begins at 1:00p PT)
Location: McLaren Conference Center, San Francisco, CA 94117 | Driving Directions »

Additional details of PsyD Orientation will be sent via email to your USF student email account.

Questions?
School of Nursing & Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

Step 15: Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

As an admitted student, please keep your contact information up-to-date with your individual graduate program. Update your contact information online at myUSF. Log in and click on the Student button in the Self Service box, and then click on the 'Addresses and Phones' link to update your contact information.

Questions?
School of Nursing and Health Professions, Cowell Hall
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6681, Fax: (415) 422-6877
Email: nursing@usfca.edu, Web: www.usfca.edu/nursing

International Student Information

The USF International Student and Scholar Services office provides many helpful resources for international students to assist with the enrollment process.

  • Pre-Arrival Information: Before your Departure – Provides details about the required international student documents, how to apply for a student visa, making living arrangements during your studies, tips for making travel plans and other resources.
  • Pre-Arrival Information: Packing & Travel – Provides details on packing for the U.S., what the travel procedures will be for entering the U.S., what documents you should have with you when you board the plane, and transportation options from the San Francisco International Airport to USF.
  • International Student Orientation – Specific information on international student orientation, such as the schedule and the link to the optional airport shuttle. A link to this information is also listed above in Step 2: New Student Orientation.
Questions?
International Student and Scholar Services, UC 5th Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: +1 (415) 422-2654, Fax: +1 (415) 422-2412
Email: isss@usfca.edu, Web: myusf.usfca.edu/isss

Student Resources

Below are some resources that should help you transition to USF.