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. 

BSO Move-In Day is scheduled for Thurday, Aug. 19. BSO participants moving into on-campus housing are expected to arrive this day to be ready for their orientation activities.



Designed by Black students, faculty, and staff to welcome new Black students and their family members to the University of San Francisco Black Experience. BSO is intended to create a smooth transition to college life, acclimate students to on and off-campus resources, address the needs of African American/Black students at USF, and build community with Black students, faculty, and staff.

Read more about BSO.

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.

Learn more about First-Generation College Students.

New International Student Move-In Day is TBD. New international students moving into on-campus housing are expected to arrive this day to be ready for the orientation activities.

There will be optional activities before the mandatory session to help new incoming international students get settled, meet new friends, and get familiar with the campus. The orientation will be offered in a hybrid format and students will be able to complete it from wherever they are located. 

Read more about International Student Orientation.

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.

During this virtual orientation with the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA), new transfer students will be given an opportunity to ask questions to current Dons and learn more about transfer resources at USF.

Please Note: Transfer students and family members can also participate in the full orientation program for first-year students and families. 

Learn more about Transfer Student Resources.

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.