Next Steps for Admitted Freshmen

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of South Florida! We know that deciding where to attend college is a big decision, and we want you to feel comfortable that you’re making the right choice.

If it’s been a while since you visited our site, reacquaint yourself with USF’s top-rated academics, vibrant campus life, and spectacular Tampa Bay location. Can you see yourself at USF?

If your answer is YES (and we hope it is), use the links on the right to begin your journey as a USF Bull.


We want to stay in touch! If you haven’t already done so, visit and activate your USF NetID and USF email address. Your USF email address will be used by all University offices for official communication.

Verify Personal Information

Log in to and verify that your address, telephone number and email addresses are current. Make updates if necessary. Also, check your residency status to ensure you are charged the correct tuition rate.


Explore scholarship opportunities at USF. Most have a deadline of February 1. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1.

Apply for Housing & Meal Plan

Freshmen must live on campus and purchase a meal plan (exceptions may apply – contact Housing for details). Housing assignments are made based on the date of a completed housing application. To ensure you receive your preferred housing assignment, do not delay!

Submit Medical History

All new students must submit the official USF Medical History form and provide proof of immunizations to Student Health Services prior to registering for classes. Students living on campus must provide evidence of Meningitis vaccination to receive a housing assignment.

Submit Enrollment Deposit

Pay your non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit by December 1 (admitted for Spring term) or May 1 (admitted for Summer/Fall) to secure your place at USF. The deposit will be applied towards your first semester’s tuition and fees.

Register for Orientation

All new students must attend an orientation session. Once you have activated your NetID and paid your admissions deposit, you may register for your preferred orientation date.

Visit USF as an Admitted Student

Now that you’re an admitted student, come veiw campus through the eyes of a Bull. Sign up for a Campus Visit, where you can interact with faculty and students, tour the residence halls and learn more about the new student experience.

Submit Final Transcripts

You must submit an official final transcript noting the date of your high school graduation by June 30. If you have dual enrollment, you also must provide an official college transcript.

Review Tuition and Fees

USF does not mail tuition bills. Once you are registered for classes, check your tuition due at Sign up for e-deposit to permit financial aid and student refunds to be directly deposited into your personal bank account.

Before Classes Begin

Obtain your USF ID card from the USF Card Center. If you plan to park on campus, purchase your USF parking permit. Once you receive your housing assignment, look up your mailing address. Purchase your textbooks from the USF Bookstore. Finally, be sure to complete the online Life Skills and Academic Integrity modules.

You're a Bull! What's Next?

Start connecting with your peers by joining the Admissions Facebook page and registering for CampU. When you arrive on campus, be sure to attend Week of Welcome and sign up for a Network group. Your first 50 days are jam-packed with exciting events that make USF feel like home!