Getting to Orientation
Orientation is an exciting time and may be one of your first visits to USF's Tampa Campus. Please review this information in preparation for your visit to your new campus.
Your complimentary, Orientation parking permit was included with your confirmation packet. Please visit Parking Services for parking permit sales during the academic year.
This campus map identifies the location of the Marshall Student Center.
Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Lot 17B for Students and Marshall Student Center Atrium for Families.
Five meals are provided during your two-day experience. We will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day.
All meals served during Orientation will include a vegetarian and vegan option. Food items are clearly labeled with ingredients to assist you in identifying items to which you may be allergic. Additionally, Dining Services staff are available in all dining venues to answer any additional questions regarding potential allergens in a particular food item or provide recommendations for alternatives.
During your advising session, you will meet in a group setting with academic advisors to learn about specific requirements for your academic program/major. In addition, you will be guided through the process of creating a schedule and registering for courses.
We will confirm your choice of major at check-in.
You may have limited opportunities to meet one-on-one with an advisor. After Orientation, if you have additional questions, you are encouraged to contact your advisor individually.
Please remember that attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend all portions of the Orientation will result in a hold on your course registration. Families or guests may not attend Orientation in lieu of the student.
What to Bring
- A photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)
- Your Orientation parking permit
- Your NetID, password and University ID #
- Your immunization and medical history forms (unless already turned in)
- Overnight bag with toiletries
- Twin-size sheets or a sleeping bag and a pillow
- A jacket or sweater
- $10 for your USF ID Card & completed application
- Spending money for USF apparel
- An umbrella - just in case!
Mandatory Overnight Stay
As part of the Orientation experience, all new students are required to stay overnight in a residence hall reserved for Orientation. Your room and roommate will be assigned randomly. This experience will offer many opportunities to connect with your fellow students and discover residential living at USF – even if you won't be living on campus during the academic year.
Family members looking for overnight accommodations are encouraged to find a nearby hotel. The search term "Hotels near USF Tampa, FL" yields good results on both Bing and Google. Major streets around campus include Fowler Ave, Fletcher Ave and Bruce B Downs Blvd. Many of these hotels offer special rates for USF students and their families; be sure to ask!
The overnight stay is required for all students, even if an exemption has been approved for the student to commute during the academic year.