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.


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 gives you the opportunity to meet with USFSM staff members and interact with student organizations.  Come prepared to spend the day on campus.  Breakfast and lunch are provided. Due to space constraints, we ask that guests not attend unless necessary, maximum 2 guests per student (guests are an additional fee). Please be sure to indicate how many guests (in addition to yourself) will be attending the Orientation session on the Orientation Registration form.

You should plan to spend the day on campus on Orientation day.

After Orientation, you will be given access to register for courses.  You will be able to sit down and register that afternoon, with the assistance of the registration and advising staff.


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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