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.

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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 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.  

You can access a PDF version of the Student and Family schedules here.  

Student Schedule: day one

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time event location description
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

Time event location description
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.