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View of Pope John Paul the II building across the lake during summer.

Visit USF

Whether you know what you want to see, who you want to meet or are just exploring your options, we will personalize your visit to fit your needs.

Campus Visit Days

Schedule Your Visit

Campus Visit Days are designed around each academic major. Come take a tour of campus, meet with an admissions counselor, speak with Financial Aid, talk to a professor, visit the Campus Shoppe, and more!

Please note that visits during the summer (including Saturdays) include only a meeting with an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, and a campus tour. Visits during the fall and spring semesters include a meeting with faculty.

Summer Weekday Visit Schedule

Morning Visit
Time Event/Activity
9:30 a.m. Meet with Admissions
9:50 a.m. Meet with Financial Aid
10:15 a.m. Take a Campus Tour
11:30 a.m. Attend Mass at the St. Francis Chapel followed by lunch or enjoy Lunch at Trinity Hall (both are optional)
Afternoon Visit
Time Event/Activity
11:30 a.m. Attend Mass at the St. Francis Chapel (optional)
12:00 p.m. Enjoy Lunch at Trinity Hall following check-in at the Welcome Center (optional)
1.00 p.m. Meet with Admissions
1:20 p.m. Meet with Financial Aid
1:45 p.m. Take a Campus Tour

Saturday Visits

Saturday Visits Start Times
Select dates

  • June 15, 2019
Various slots starting at 9:00 a.m.

Group Tours

Request a Group Tour

Tours are available for high school students (Grades 9-12) in groups of 10 or more. Students will tour campus and meet with the admissions staff. Groups must be booked one month in advance.

Attention Artists & Performers!

In the fall and spring of each year, the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) hosts Talent Scholarship Day — giving you (if you’re a high school junior or senior or a college transfer student), the opportunity to have your work reviewed by professional SOCA faculty for a talent scholarship.

Depending on your art form, you can submit a portfolio or audition. Scholarships are awarded in the following areas

  • Animation
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Choir
  • Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Dance
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
  • Museum Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Pre-Art Therapy
  • Studio Art

Upcoming Talent Scholarship Dates

  • September 28, 2019

To start:

  • Contact for an appointment
    • Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064 or for Visual Arts, Communications & Theater
    • Jessica Shaw at 260-399-7700 ext. 8011 or for Music and Music Technology
  • Submit your portfolio

Criteria & Conditions

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file at USF and all requests for supporting documentation must be provided. Talent Scholarship recipients must:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid funding as set forth in the USF catalog
  • Maintain full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate enrollment

Here’s what to prepare for Talent Scholarship Day

Visual Arts

The faculty reviews visual arts portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Design and drawing skills
  • Technical achievement
  • Academic achievement

Your portfolio should have 12-15 works demonstrating two-dimensional (drawing, painting), three-dimensional (sculpture or ceramics) or any other media illustrating design ability.

Marching Band

Enrollment and scholarship opportunities for the USF Marching Pride are open to all students regardless of major. Audition requirements are similar to those listed for music technology scholarships:


  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats
  • Prepared solo piece of your choosing
  • Sight reading


  • Standard rudiments (to include metered rolls, flams and paradiddles)
  • Prepared snare drum piece
  • Sight reading on snare drum

Color Guard:

  • 45-60 second solo to music showcasing best flag and dance skills
  • Solo should include at least 30 seconds of flag, choreography should combine movement with flag throughout the piece
  • Solo may be own choreography or something previously performed. However, if using someone else’s choreography, credit should be given to the choreographer
  • If student wishes to showcase more skills (rifle, sabre, tumbling, more dance, etc.), they may perform up to one additional minute of choreography. The whole piece should not be over 2 minutes
  • Student must provide own equipment

Art History and Museum Studies

Bring a portfolio of writing samples of your best work and a statement of purpose with your academic goals and objectives. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement and ability to demonstrate strong potential for careers in Art History or in the museum field.


The faculty reviews communication portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Technical skills
  • Writing skills
  • Academic achievement

Organizational Communication and Public Relations:
Bring a portfolio of writing samples, yearbook or newspaper work. These may be submitted in disk format.

Film Video and Media Production:
Bring one video or DVD production (limited to a five-minute sample) of your best work.

Prepare two contrasting (one comedy and one dramatic) one-minute monologues from published play scripts in an appropriate age range that do not contain a dialect. Prepare to introduce your audition pieces with the play’s title and the character’s name. If you wish to sing, prepare one monologue and one song (32-40 bars). If you are interested in technical theatre, bring at least one example of an art, craft, sewing, or carpentry project that represents your skill. Be prepared to discuss your theatre background and future goals.