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Fall 2018

USF Tampa Campus | Marshall Student Center (MSC) (google maps)
August 9, 2018

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 2018.

Tentative Schedule

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

Register Now

Please complete your orientation registration as soon as possible at This will reserve your spot for the orientation session. It will also help us to plan for adequate refreshments and supplies at the event. Please note you will need your NETID to complete your online orientation registration.

The orientation program is divided into four formats:

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