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 Schedule:

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.

Thursday, August 19

Event Time Location Description
BSO Welcome Center 9 AM - 5 PM University Center, First Floor BSO Welcome Team will be available to answer questions and welcome you to USF.
BSO Move-In Day 10 AM - 4 PM Various Residence Halls Welcome to USF and your new community. You should have received an assigned check-in/move-in time before your arrival. Look for the BSO Interns & Volunteers to help guide you during this exciting transition.
Campus Tours 2 - 4 PM Meet at University Center, First Floor New to USF? Let our Admission Ambassadors show you around your new home! No RSVP is required.
BSO Student & Family Evening Program 5 - 7 PM Gleeson Plaza (Outside of the library) Come be in community with new Black-identified students & family members where we celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on the future. 
Student Social Hour 7 - 8 PM McLaren Conference Center Join BSO students for conversations and things to expect during BSO. 
Family Social Hour 7 - 8 PM Privett Plaza (Outside of University Center, Third Floor) Engage & socialize with BSO family members & guests. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, August 20

Event Time Location
Welcome/Overview of the Day 9:30 - 9:50 AM McLaren Conference Center
Concurrent Workshops #1 10 - 10:50 AM Various Classrooms
Concurrent Workshops #2 11 - 11:50 AM Various Classrooms
Lunch/Free Time 12 - 12:50 PM McLaren Conference Center 
Concurrent Workshops #3 1 - 1:50 PM Various Classrooms
Concurrent Workshops #4 2 - 2:50 PM Various Classrooms
Closing Charge & Black Student Org Involvement Fair 3 - 4 PM McLaren Conference Center
Outdoor Movie Night 8 - 10 PM Welch Field

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

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