FAQs

Below are a few of the questions we receive on a regular basis. If you don’t see the answer to your questions here, just email us at admis@sf.edu.

When do classes start?

All course and exam schedules are listed on our Academic Calendar.

When can I sign up for classes?

Before your first semester, you will attend New Student Orientation to register for classes. We hold orientation dates between March and August. You will be able to sign up after you submit your confirmation fee.

Can I register for classes online?

Starting your second semester, you can register for classes online using My Cougar Connection.

What is My Cougar Connection?

My Cougar Connection (MCC) is a personal web portal for students. You can view your financial aid award, register for classes (beginning your second semester), print your schedule and view your billing statement. Before you attend New Student Orientation, you will be emailed a temporary user ID and password. If you didn’t provide an email address with your application, email admis@sf.edu to request your login information. After New Student Orientation, you can use your USF email address to log in to MCC.

If you have problems logging in, please call the Help Desk at 260.399.7700, ext. 6027.

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We use this application to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and work-study jobs. The Indiana state deadline is March 10. You will never have to pay to submit a FAFSA. Just remember that “F” stands for “free!”

Can I buy my books with my financial aid money?

Yes. Financial aid money can be used to purchase books. You will need to submit book voucher paperwork through MCC. After the Business Office processes your request, you will be able to use your student ID to purchase books in the Campus Shoppe.

How do I get my books?

Once you have registered for classes, you may reserve your books online via the Campus Shoppe or visit the store in the Pope John Paul II Center, Room 111. Bring a copy of your schedule to ensure prompt and speedy service.

Am I required to attend Mass?

USF welcomes students of all denominations. Daily mass is held throughout the school year. Attendance is welcomed, but not mandatory.

Can I have a car on campus?

Yes. All students can have a car on campus. All student parking is free. Residential students will receive their parking permit after move-in. Permits will be mailed to commuter students before classes start. Please call campus security at 260.399.7700, ext. 7888, if you do not receive your parking pass.

Where can I live?

The USF housing policy requires students under the age of 21 to live on campus, unless they live with their parents. We have three styles of on-campus housing: traditional, suite and apartment. All rooms are equipped with several amenities, including stackable furniture, individual temperature control and Wi-Fi. Commuter Services provides special services for students who plan to commute.

How safe is campus?

Our consistently excellent safety record is achieved by 24-hour patrols, every day of the year. Residence halls are monitored by hall directors and are only accessible with an official university ID.

What is your out-of-state tuition?

As a private university, our tuition rates remain the same for all students, regardless of your state or country of origin. Take a look at our current tuition and fees.

Can I attend part time?

Students are free to take classes at their own pace. Attending part time postpones graduation and  some academic scholarships are only available to full-time students. In addition, some programs may have scheduling guidelines. Check with your admissions counselor before making a final decision.

Can I study abroad?

Yes. Many opportunities for learning abroad are offered. Trips are taken throughout the year and courses are offered for credit to prepare you for the experience and facilitate learning while abroad. Examples include international field studies offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, global business trips through the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and summer trips to Europe through the School of Creative Arts. You can also work with your academic adviser to plan a semester abroad.

What do graduates do with their degrees?

Many of our graduates have gone on to be valued and respected contributors to their fields of expertise. According to the latest survey of our graduates, 95 percent reported being employed, 85 percent were employed in a field related to their major and 13 percent were pursuing another degree (graduate or bachelor). In all, 98.7 percent of responding graduates are employed or are working on additional degrees.

How can I graduate in four years?

Most majors are designed to be completed in four years by full-time students. With a little planning and continuing discussions with your academic adviser, you should have no problem achieving this goal. Only two of our programs require more than four years and both of these programs – the education triple licensure option and the six-year physician’s assistant program – offer their own advantages.

Talk to your admissions counselor for more details.

Does USF offer career services?

Yes. Student Academic Support Services offers many free services to students. We can help you understand your career options through a specific degree program. For example, if you know you like science, but you’re not sure what you can do with that degree, we can help! Once you figure out what you want to do, we can help make sure you’re successful starting your career. We will also help you write résumés and practice for interviews.