Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - SONHP N.O.W.

What happens at the SONHP N.O.W. event?

SONHP N.O.W. is an acronym for the School of Nursing and Health Professions Networking, Orientation, and Welcoming event. This event is designed for new graduate SONHP students to meet and engage with new and current students, alumni, faculty and staff from across the School. New students will also be welcomed, in-person, by School and University leaders as well as attend a program-specific breakout led by respective Program Directors and Program Teams to review the academic and clinical/fieldwork/practicum hours requirements, and professional expectations of students.

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How do I get to the event? What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


Building locations for the General Session and Breakouts can be found on the campus map.

Download the campus map, here: 


Orange County (St. Joseph Center, 480 South Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868)
The Orange County USF programs are located in the St. Joseph’s Center, at the intersection of La Veta and Batavia Streets, two blocks east of Main Street. 

For directions to Orange County Campus, please visit:

San Francisco (2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117)
The San Francisco event will take place on lower campus which is located between Fulton Street and Golden Gate Avenue at Parker Avenue.

Detailed driving directions are provided below which will take you to the Lone Mountain Campus entrance located on Turk Street (one block north of Golden Gate Street), between Parker Avenue and Temescal Street. However, the event will be held on lower campus (between Golden Gate Street and Fulton Street, one block below Turk Boulevard, closer to the Fulton Street side).

For directions to Main Campus, please visit:


USF is centrally located in San Francisco with various public transportation options. The subway system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) covers most of the Bay Area, providing quick access to the East Bay, the Peninsula, the airport, and other important destinations.

The closest BART stop to USF is Civic Center. The Muni routes closest to USF include the #5 Fulton, #38 Geary, #31 Balboa, and #43 Masonic. Specific directions around San Francisco and the Bay Area using public transit are easy to find, using tools like Trip Planner and Google Maps.

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Orange County
As you turn in the driveway at 480 South Batavia (St. Joseph Center) the building in front of you is the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Follow the signs to ‘College Parking’ (behind the Motherhouse, toward the auditorium). Park at no cost.

When parked you will see a flight of stairs and a covered walkway (all outside), go up the stairs and follow the signs to the USF Offices.

San Francisco
Attendees can park in the Koret Center Parking Lot (upper and lower) at no cost. The Koret Center Parking Lot is located on the southwest corner of Turk Street and Parker Avenue. There are two (2) lots with separate entrances: the upper lot is accessed via Parker Avenue. The lower lot is accessed via Turk Street.

Otherwise, parking spaces are limited around campus. If you are unable to secure parking in the Koret Center lot and find street parking, please be sure to note all parking enforcement signage to avoid ticketing and/or towing. A parking permit is required for all other campus parking lots. Guests and visitors may purchase daily permits (as available) at the Lone Mountain campus visitor entrance for $20.00 (credit/debit cards only). 

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What happens at the Resource Fair? (San Francisco Only)

The Resource Fair offers a 1:1 experience for new students and various student support services/offices across the University. Students can learn more about each participant's role in their graduate-student experience, as well as their contributions to the University community. Participants include:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); Career Services, Center for Instruction and Technology (CIT), Graduate Admission - School of Nursing and Health Professions, Health Promotion Services, Gleeson Library, One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services (One Stop), Purchasing Services, Student Disability Services (SDS), and University Ministry.

Student Associations

Black Student Nursing Association (BSNA), California Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CalCNLA), Population Health Sciences Student Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Graduate Nursing Association (GNA), and Latin@ Student Nursing Association (LSNA).

What can/can't I bring to the event?

This event is for newly admitted students, current students, and alumni ONLY. Due to limited space and accommodations, guests are not allowed. Please be sure to bring what you need to participate in networking and/or note taking. 

What if I can't attend this event in person? 

Newly admitted students are strongly encouraged to attend this event in person. However, we understand some students may not be able to, due to other commitments and/or distance. Live access to the Welcoming portion of the event will available via Zoom video conferencing technology. Please reach out to your respective Program Assistant for more information.

If you need further accommodations, please contact your respective program team.