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Fall 2017

USF Tampa Campus | Marshall Student Center (MSC)
August 8, 2017

About Orientation

Graduate students now represent 25% of the student body at USF. Although you will spend most of your time in the confines of your department, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the resources and services the University and the Office of Graduate Studies make available to support your education and professional development.

This orientation program is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies for all new graduate students. You will be introduced to a wide range of offices, organizations and services that are here for you. You will hear from faculty, staff and current students who will share information and advice to ease your transition and enrich your experience at USF.

Many graduate programs also schedule (and some require attendance at) department orientations that focus on your academic program and department/college resources, and we encourage you to attend yours. Contact your program director for details. We understand that graduate students have busy schedules and we’ve done our best to make the schedule flexible enough to accommodate as many students as possible. Below you will find the tentative orientation schedule for Fall 2017.

Tentative Schedule

Time Event
3:00pm - 4:00pm Orientation Registration & Check-In
4:00pm - 5:00pm Orientation Session (Opening Plenary)
5:00pm - 5:30pm Financial Aid Information Session (Optional)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Information Fair
5:00pm - 7:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
6:30pm Graduate Student Mixer

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Graduate Student Reception

The orientation program is divided into four formats:

Parking Information

Regular parking regulations will be enforced during this time. We encourage all graduate students to obtain their parking permits before arriving on campus. Please visit for more parking information.

Graduate Student Life Guide

The Graduate Student Life Guide is provided as a resource to assist you with your transition to the University of South Florida and Tampa, Florida. You can download the guide at