Do I have to go to every Orientation event?

All of the ORIENTATION SESSIONS/ACTIVITIES are MANDATORY and are a required piece of becoming a new student here at USF, so you will need to be in attendance for all of those events.  

While we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you attend all of the varying events associated with Welcome Week (Cookie Feast, Dessert Night, Welcome Back Bash, etc.) you are not required to attend these events.

Do my parents need to stay for Orientation?

We do have a Parent Orientation on Saturday, August 24 and we encourage (but do not require) your parents to stick around for that and then enjoy a Dinner together on the quad.  However, once Orientation begins again on Sunday, August 25, we will ask for your parents to return home so that you can have more time with your fellow students.

Do I have stay on campus during Orientation or can I stay with my parents?

We strongly encourage students to stay in their Residence Hall so they can get to know their roommate better, lay out room expectations, and set-up their room the way they would like.  Not only is this good for you and your roommate, it allows you all as new students to begin building community in your Residence Hall with your fellow students, your Resident Assistants, and the Resident Director of the hall, all of which will help make your first year at USF a great one!

Am I allowed to leave campus during Orientation?

If we aren't in session, you are more than welcome to leave campus, but you are required to be back for the Orientation sessions.

What should I wear to Orientation?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothes during Orientation because you will not only be sitting in Orientation sessions, but you will be up and moving around doing activities.  Whatever you are comfortable wearing is fine with us!

Do I need to bring money to Orientation?

Everything going on during Orientation will be free to you.  However, Cougar Central will be open for those who want to buy some new Cougar wear.  

Will meals be provided?

Meals will be provided for you on Saturday evening and on Sunday. Your meal plan kicks in on Monday, so all you have to do is swipe your card and eat your fill in the Cafeteria!