Freshmen Orientation

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Welcome to USFSM!

Now that you have been admitted, your next step is to sign up for an Orientation session. Completion of Orientation is mandatory for undergraduate students newly admitted to USFSM.

Freshmen must attend an in-person Orientation session. Orientation will provide you with university and academic information, as well as financial aid and student information, specific to USF Sarasota-Manatee. You will meet fellow students, register for classes, and get to know USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty and staff.


Important Dates

Summer Bridge Orientation Dates
Wednesday, June 8th at 6:00 PM
Fall Orientation Dates – Part One
Thursday, June 16 at 9:00 AM
Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 AM
Thursday, August 11 at 9:00 AM

Fall Orientation Dates – Part Two
Wednesday, August 17 at 9:30 AM

New Freshman Student Checklist

We recommend that you begin these steps as soon as possible after admission:

Step 1Obtain your NetID and make sure you can log in to your USF email account. You will need your U#. Be sure to start checking your USF email, regularly, to stay current with all communications being sent by the University.

Step 2: Submit your Admissions Deposit by May 1.

Step 3: Register for your Orientation Session by clicking on the link below:

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  • You will receive a receipt of registration at your email address within two business days of your registration submission.
  • Make sure your home campus is USF Sarasota-Manatee. Only USF Sarasota-Manatee students can fulfill their Orientation requirement on the Sarasota-Manatee campus.
  • Make sure you have been admitted for the upcoming term.
  • If you need to update your campus or admissions term (term of entry), please fill out an Application Update Form and fax or email it to USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions at 941-359-4236 or admissions@sar.usf.edu.

Step 4: Submit the required immunization information.

Step 5: Attend your Orientation.  Arrive about a half an hour prior to the start of your session to check in.  Plan to spend the day on campus learning USFSM policies and procedures and meeting with your advisor in order to plan your first semester schedule.

Step 6:  Register for courses! You will register for your first semester courses towards the end of the Orientation.  Advising and registration staff will be on hand to help.

Step 7:  USFSM welcomes you to campus! – If you will be enrolling in the Fall, plan to attend the Freshman Welcome Event.  All incoming Freshmen attend a full day of activities and fun just prior to the start of the Fall term.  You will interact with your classmates and really begin your USFSM experience!


Immunization Requirements

If you do not submit the required immunization information (Step 4 above), you will NOT be able to register for courses.


Orientation Components

Orientation for first year students is done in two parts.

During Orientation Part One you will be given the opportunity to meet with USFSM staff members and learn about the academic opportunities USFSM has to offer. Come prepared to spend the day on campus. Breakfast and lunch are provided. During this day you will also be given access to register for courses. You be able to sit down and register that afternoon, with the assistance of registration and advising staff.

Guests are welcome during Orientation Part One, but we ask that you limit to a maximum 2 guests per student (guests are an additional fee). We will provide a separate program for parents and family members who attend this day. Please be sure to indicate how many guests (in addition to yourself) will be attending the Orientation session on the Orientation Registration form.

Orientation Part Two provides you the opportunity to learn about life outside of the classroom at USFSM where you can meet student organizations and current student leaders. This day is just for our new students to know about campus life while learning about each other! Come prepared to spend the day on campus. Breakfast and lunch are provided.


Accommodation Requests

If you are in need of accommodations for a disability, please contact Disability Services at (941) 359-4330 or via e-mail at disabilityservices@sar.usf.edu for arrangements. Requests must be made five working days in advance.


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