Black Student Orientation (BSO)

Faculty member lecturing in front of a group of students.Designed by students, faculty, and staff, BSO introduces new Black and Mixed-race students to USF.

  • Join us for a family reception, community-building activities, and a full day of orientation workshops within the third week of August.
  • BSO helps students make a smooth transition to college life, acclimate to on- and off-campus resources, and get to know the rich and diverse Black-Identified community at USF.
  • When registering for New Student and Family Orientation, please select the BSO special orientation program.

BSO Dates:

NOTE: These dates are subject to change. Should timing need to change, in accordance with public health guidance, we will communicate adjustments in as timely a fashion as possible.

  • BSO Move-In Day: Thursday, August 19
  • BSO Orientation: Friday, August 20

If you have any additional questions, please contact

Accessibility and Special Accommodations: USF accommodates individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact New Student & Family Programs at (415) 422-5550  or

Certain events will be photographed and/or video recorded for archival, educational, and related promotional purposes. By attending or participating in this event, you grant USF the full unrestricted rights to your photograph, voice and likeness in any manner or media whatsoever worldwide for educational marketing purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed or video recorded, please inform the camera person at the start of each event.