Special Orientation Programs

Some of our new students and family members may be a part of a campus program that will be offering additional programming. Registration for each of these programs is required. New students and family members can sign up for these programs when they register for Orientation.

You can learn more about each of these programs by clicking on the titles below. 

First-Generation college students and their families will learn from current USF students, families, and administrators on how to thrive in college. This virtual workshop will bring awareness to on-campus resources that support students’ holistic development and academic success. At USF, we define first-generation college students as students whose parents or guardians have not received a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Some first-generation college students may have siblings who have completed a bachelor’s degree.

During this virtual orientation, new transfer students will be given an opportunity to ask questions to current Dons and learn more about transfer resources at USF.

Learn more about Transfer Student Resources.

Esta sesión es para familias cuyo primer idioma es el español. Conozca los recursos y consejos para ayudar a su estudiante a través de los ojos del personal, estudiantes que regresan y un miembro de la familia. Se anima que los estudiantes acompañen a sus familias.

This program is for families whose first language is Spanish. Come and learn about the resources and tips for supporting your student through the eyes of the staff, returning students, and their family members.

Designed by students, faculty, and staff, BSO introduces new Black and Mixed-race students to USF. 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.

Read more about BSO.

All new undergraduate students are required to attend the International Student Orientation. The in-person session will take place from 9 AM - 12 PM on Thursday, August 18 for undergraduate students. These sessions are designed to address the most common questions and concerns that international students have as well as covering important information such as immigration regulations pertaining to your visa, academic expectations, and cultural adjustment.

Read more about International Student Orientation.

Latinx Student Orientation (LSO) aims to cultivate a sense of belonging to help ease the transition into the university for our incoming Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx population. LSO’s intent is to empower our incoming Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx students through community building, recognizing their unique identities/experiences as Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx students, all while connecting them with appropriate tools and resources to successfully navigate USF.

Sign-Up Here for LSO!

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.