New Student & Family Programs
New Student & Family Programs welcomes you and your family to the University of San Francisco (USF). Our office is here to support you and your family as you transition to USF.
Actively participating in New Student & Family Orientation (NSFO) is an important aspect of facilitating your transition into our USF community. All new first-year and transfer students are required to attend NSFO. Families are welcome to attend our family orientation program.
Attending NSFO provides new students and families the opportunity to:
- Gain a more concrete feel for the campus community
- Learn about campus resources at Dons Fest
- Connect with faculty from your school/college, staff and current students, including your Orientation Leader (OL)
- Learn what it means to be a Don
RSVP for New Student & Family Orientation!
New Student & Family Orientation for Spring 2019 will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, January 17 and continue for a full day on Friday, January 18.
Are you an international student? Learn more about a special International Student Orientation designed just for you.
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New Student & Family Orientation Schedule
International Students: Refer to myusf.usfca.edu/isss/new-students/ international-student-orientation for a detailed schedule for International Student Orientation. Note that International Students are still expected to attend the larger New Student & Family Orientation below.
Student Schedule: day one
Thursday, January 17, 2019
|1 - 2 PM||Campus Tours||McLaren Complex Lobby||New to USF? Let our Admissions Ambassadors show you around your new home! Bring your walking shoes. No RSVP required.|
|2 - 2:30 PM||Orientation Check-In||McLaren Complex||Get ready to make your college experience real. Begin by checking in to receive your orientation materials.|
|2:30 - 3 PM||University Welcome||McLaren Complex||Your official welcome to USF from Orientation staff and USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.|
|3 - 4 PM||Intro to USF||McLaren Complex||Starting college can be a difficult time for incoming students, this session will be a helpful guide to all the things you need to know about getting started at USF.|
|4 - 4:30 PM||Health Promotion Services||Fromm Hall, Berman Room||Learn more about Health Promotion Services (HPS) and the full range of services and opportunities dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of the USF student body, and fostering a vibrant and safe campus community for student success.|
|4:30 - 5:30 PM||Welcome Reception||McLaren Complex||Get connected! Stop by and chat with faculty and staff and enjoy some evening treats.|
|5:30 - 7:30 PM||Spanish Speaking Family Program||Fromm Hall, Berman Room||This session is for families whose first language is Spanish. Learn about the resources and tips for supporting your student through the eyes of staff, returning students and a family member. Students are encouraged to accompany their families.|
Student Schedule: day two
Friday, January 18, 2019
|9 - 9:30 AM||Orientation Check-In||McLaren Complex Lobby||Welcome to USF and your new community! Look for the Get Oriented (GO) Team in green shirts to help guide you during this exciting transition.|
|9:30 - 10:20 AM||Professor's Perspective||McLaren Complex||A USF faculty member will share insight into the intellectual classroom environment at USF.|
|10:30 - 11:20 am||Talk About It: Dialogue for Change||McLaren Complex||Learn about social justice in community, as we talk about topics of microaggressions, sexual violence prevention, and upstander intervention. We will tie them into the USF values, and find ways to connect them to our lives and the impact that we can create on this campus.|
|11:30 am - 12:20 pm||USF Student Experience Panels: First-Year and Transfers||McLaren Complex||
USF offers students the opportunity to live and learn in one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the
country. During this session with the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA), freshmen and transfers will split into different panels and will be given an opportunity to ask questions to current Dons.
|12:30 - 1:50 pm||Dons Fest / Lunch||University Center (UC) 1st Floor/ UC 2nd Floor Cafe||
Check out this resource fair where departments will be on hand to answer your questions and help you and your
student learn more at USF. Lunch will be provided in the University Center cafeteria.
|2:00- 5:00 pm||Orientation to Your Major||
School of Management - McLaren 252
College of Arts & Sciences - McLaren 250/251
School of Nursing and Health Professions - Cowell 107
Join the faculty of your college/school for a personalized welcome and introduction to your academic career,
including an orientation to your major. Key faculty and staff will introduce themselves and guide you through
essential information about your specific academic major/program, including a section for all undeclared majors.
|8:00 PM||Game Night||UC "UnderCaf" First Floor||
Wind down after a long day and come hang out with new friends. From board games to
video games to tasty snacks, Game Night is sure to have something for you.