Starting classes at USF Sarasota-Manatee over the summer helps incoming freshmen get a jump on their college career, introduces them to campus life, and enables them to be a step ahead of their freshmen class.  Students receive intensive academic preparation and the personal attention of faculty in a nurturing environment.  Students also have the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills before the fall term begins and familiarize themselves with the USFSM campus and its resources.  Below are some helpful links to get your started this summer:


Student Engagement



When will my summer semester begin?

The summer semester is a five-week term that begins in mid-summer, after most students have completed high school. The 2017 Summer Beginnings will launch on July 5. All students will attend an orientation at the beginning of the summer term. For more information on orientation, please visit

What will a typical day look like in the summer term?

Students will take classes Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, students will have either Composition I or Music & Culture with a student life activity. On Tuesdays or Thursdays, students will take Statistics or Public Speaking with the University Success course. For days without a University Success course, there will be other student life activities, excursions, and campus opportunities.

What requirements do summer courses fulfill?

All summer courses count toward requirements to graduate and count towards the state's nine-credit hour summer requirement.

How much will attending this summer cost?

Scholarships are available to help offset some of the cost for Summer Beginnings participants. For the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, please visit USF Tampa's Controller's Office website. Other costs include books ($300), USF student ID ($10), and a summer parking pass ($50). Incoming students are also required to obtain a laptop computer for class use.

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