Now that you’ve decided to attend the University of Saint Francis you will need to prepare for first semester. A lot happens at New Student Orientation and you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible after we receive your deposit! The earlier you come to orientation, the more flexibility you’ll have to fit our classes around your schedule.

If you have questions or to sign-up, contact your admissions counselor at 260.399.8000.

What to Expect

At New Student Orientation, you will:

  • Register for your first semester classes.
  • Meet fellow students from your major.
  • Get your picture taken for your USF student ID.
  • Learn about campus housing, financial aid and the bookstore.
  • Sign up for Welcome Weekend.

Friends and Family at Orientation

Orientation isn’t just for the students; we encourage you to take advantage of the comprehensive friends and family program. Orientation normally takes up to four hours. Our informational sessions cover career services, financial aid, business office, residential and commuter life, and academic policies (and how to handle that transition to becoming a USF Cougar).  Please note: parents and guests are not encouraged to attend student sessions, as these are intentionally designed to suit the needs of student development and growth into the Cougar Family.

Let us help you get settled in as you start your collegiate career.

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend takes place the Friday and Saturday prior to the start of fall classes in August and all new students are required to attend. You’ll want to wear comfortable shoes because we’ll take you all over campus to meet faculty, staff and fellow students. We’ll answer any last-minute questions you have before school begins and introduce you to the people, places and programs that make USF unique.

Welcome Weekend has separate sessions geared specifically toward traditional, transfer and non-traditional students to make sure you have the information that is important and relevant to you!

Books, Books, Books!

You can buy books in the Campus Shoppe in the lower level of Pope John Paul II Center (affectionately known as PJPII). Bring your schedule and we’ll help you get what you need. You can also purchase your books online.