FAQ

Financial Questions

When should I complete my FAFSA?

As soon as possible. The FAFSA is the first step to receive financial aid and scholarships. Typically, the next year’s FAFSA comes out on October 1 on each year. Students and parents may use taxes from up to two years ago (prior-prior year) for completion.  You can fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.

What scholarships am I eligible for?

There are two main types of scholarships available for USFSM freshmen: Admissions (Merit) and STARS. Students who have a completed application as of January 15 are automatically reviewed for Admissions Scholarships. STARS is a one-stop scholarship database. Any admitted student can apply for scholarships via STARS. The STARS deadline for freshmen is February 1.

When will I receive my aid package?

Students who have completed the FAFSA for their academic year will typically receive their aid package within a month. If you are starting in summer, you will need to do both the current and next year’s FAFSA.



Admissions Questions

Do I get an admissions letter/packet?

Yes! All students should receive an admissions packet, which includes your letter and other important information, within a week of being admitted. If you find that you are admitted on OASIS and have not received a packet, please confirm your permanent address in OASIS and then email admissions@sar.usf.edu.

How do I secure my spot in this year's class?

If you are admitted, you may go to your OASIS account and submit your admissions deposit to secure your spot. If you qualify for a deposit waiver, then email admissions@sar.usf.edu to let us know you plan to attend USFSM.

What is an admissions deposit?

The admissions deposit is a $200 deposit that secures your enrollment spot. This deposit then rolls into paying for your tuition. The deposit is due by May 1.

How do I submit final transcripts?

Submit official final high school transcripts and any college transcripts from dual enrollment coursework you have completed. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope. If you pick up your official transcript from your school’s office and bring it to USFSM, do NOT open the envelope!

How do I submit AP, IB or AICE scores?

AP, IB and AICE credit cannot be applied from your high school transcript. These scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to USFSM Admissions as soon as they are available. All test scores should be submitted electronically.

Can I visit campus again?

Of course! Aside from tours and Preview Days, we have our USFSM Experience events. These events, which are designed to give students a deeper look at the University, can be found here.

Is there an Admitted Student Day?

Yes, we have an Admitted Student Day each spring. This event, also known as Taste of USFSM, is designed to allow admitted students and their families to get a feel for the University community, celebrate your achievements and even experience life in the classroom. Please contact us for more information.


Student Life Questions

What can I get involved with on campus?

There are over 30 clubs and organizations to get involved with at USFSM. This can range from a pre-professional organization to Student Government. As a newer university, we take pride in our students developing their leadership skills by truly making their mark at the school, so if we don’t have the organization you want – create it!

What is there to do on campus?

Aside from joining a student organization, there are a variety of things to get involved with. There are campus traditions, such as our Multicultural Week, Week of Welcome, Service Saturdays and USF Week. There are also a variety of speakers, outside organizations and fairs that happen on campus.

What's there to do in the community?

The Sarasota-Manatee area provides many options. Students can go to museums, malls and local eateries within a few miles of campus.  If a student wants to relax, check out our world-class beaches ten minutes away from campus.  Looking for work or internships? Our Career Center has many connections to help you achieve your goals.

Are there sports teams at USFSM?

Rowing Club is USFSM’s main sports team with plans to expand to USF’s first NCAA Women’s Rowing team. However, as a part of the USF System, we are all Bulls. Get on the Bus and join fellow students as you drive up to cheer on Bulls football at Raymond James Stadium. Grab friends and make it a fun day taking the trip up to Tampa to cheer on any of our teams.

Is there on-campus housing?

USFSM does not have on-campus housing. However, we do have three affiliated housing apartment complexes in the local community. This allows our students to be able to live where they learn and have more control over the costs of lodging, while still being around other USFSM students. For more information, please call 941-359-4268.

Are there student jobs on campus?

Yes, there are both work study and general student jobs on campus. Some positions can be found in Admissions, Info Commons and Student Engagement. If interested in work study opportunities, please indicate this on your FAFSA. For additional information on student employment, please see the Office of Career Services.


Orientation Questions

What happens at Orientation?

Orientation is central to student success. This two-day program allows students to understand how to navigate USFSM, how to get the most out of the University experience and how to do the basics, such as registering for classes, getting books and pursuing internships. The program mixes experiential activities, games and discussions to help students take the crucial first steps into life as a Bull.

When is Orientation?

There are a variety of dates. Please visit the Orientation webpage for more information.


Academic Questions

May I change my major?

Yes. If you have decided that you would like to change your major, let your academic advisor know at orientation.

Are there undergraduate research opportunities?

Yes! One of the things we pride ourselves on as an institution is the opportunity for undergraduate students to do research. Between our labs at Mote Marine, independent studies with our faculty and opportunities with the local community, many students have conducted research and even been published. Ask about our Student Showcase events, which highlight student research and achievements!

Do you have study abroad opportunities?

Study Abroad is housed in the Global Engagement Office. Along with our partnership with USF World, there are a plethora of opportunities to see the world and gain academic credit -- at the same time! Students can select anywhere from a week-long program to a full semester abroad and are encouraged to speak with the Global Engagement Office early in their academic career.

Can I take classes at another USF institution?

Any major USFSM provides can be completed at USFSM, but if you'd like to take a limited amount of classes at USF Tampa or USF St. Petersburg, you certainly can. However, students may not change their home campus until after completing three semesters, not including summer, at USFSM.

When do classes begin?

Summer term starts in July and Fall classes start in late August. Click here to see a complete academic calendar.