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The Financial Aid Office sets up an “account” for every USF student. Into this account goes all your scholarship and financial aid funds. At the end of drop/add (first week) each semester, Financial Aid pays your university bills including tuition, textbooks purchased through the USF Bookstore, housing fees, etc. If the money in your account is sufficient, you should have no out of pocket expenses. If not, you are responsible for any balances. Tuition must be paid by the end of the first week of classes, unless Financial Aid has issued you a deferment. Any scholarship balances will be mailed to you by check or directly deposited into your checking account (instructions to set up direct deposit may be found on OASIS). If you have any questions regarding your financial aid account, please visit the Financial Aid site.
If you drive a car to campus, you must have a parking decal. Complete details may be found in the Use Parking Services link under the Student tab in your OASIS account. We have two recommendations regarding parking. First, buy the less expensive remote pass and use the shuttle bus. Second, to avoid long lines, buy your pass online before school starts. Passes should be available for purchase in July, and will be mailed to you before the semester begins.
The USF Textbook Center stocks all textbooks needed for any class taught by USF faculty. They also have an online ordering system at http://www.bookstore.usf.edu. We recommend you use this service. It will save you time when school starts. The Textbook Center also allows you to charge your books against your financial aid account if you meet the criteria.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) is an ambulatory-care facility which provides screening and evaluations by nurses; examinations by general-practice physicians, ARNP's, and PA's; laboratory services; a Health Education Department; and specialty clinics in Antigen and Gynecology. Student Health Services functions as a walk-in clinic with a brief-stay day infirmary. Student Health Services does not provide x-ray, dental, or optometry services. Referrals are available to private facilities which provide these services. SHS is here to provide you with exceptional care by a qualified professional staff. Remember, most routine care is covered by your health fee, and other services are provided at a savings of approximately 30-80%. So the next time you have a health and wellness concern, check in at Student Health Services.
USF ID Card
You are required to have a USF ID card. It gives you access to services on campus including the library, recreation center, and sporting events; you can also put money on it to use in campus vending machines. Your USF ID will serve as your “key” to your residence hall and meal plan card, in addition to providing you discounts at many area businesses. To purchase a USF ID, please stop by the Card Center on the first floor of the Marshall Center and have your picture taken. The cost is $10.
By law the University will not release any academic information to any person without your written consent. However, the University can and will release information such as your name, major, and address. If you do not wish any information of any kind to be released to anyone, you must notify the Registrar’s Office at http://www.registrar.usf.edu/ by completing the USF Student Privacy Request form in Student Records Manual.
Find Your Classes
Prior to the start of each semester, make sure you know exactly where all your classes will meet. Take a map, your schedule and find all the rooms.
Safety on Campus
The USF Campus is a safe place to be but it is an open campus and non USF affiliated people are part of our population. Therefore, it is strongly advised that students not walk on campus alone at night. If you must travel at night please use the shuttles or Safe Team (each night from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, eight teams of two students patrol the campus watching for crime and escorting students around campus. To contact Safe Team please call (813) 974-SAFE). University police officers patrol the campus day and night by car, motorcycle, and bicycle. Additionally, there are blue light phones all over campus directly connecting you to University Police just in case you see something questionable or need their assistance.
USF offers a wide range of living options for students who wish to live on campus. There are three types of housing at USF: traditional-style, suite-style and apartment-style. It is important to make sure you choose the type of housing that will best fit your needs. Please visit the following site for more information about on-campus housing: Housing Homepage.
Housing Payment Deadlines:
Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Students interested in a Payment Plan option should contact Housing at (813) 974-0001.
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Foreign Language Placement Information
Honors College students can demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to the beginning college-level language I & II as part of the Global/Cultural Experience Requirement. This may be done through AP, IB, CLEP, dual enrollment or by completing two semesters of the same language. Students may also take placement tests for any language by contacting the Division of World Languages at (813) 974-2548.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP is an opportunity for college students to earn credits through competency exams. The most relevant CLEP exams for Honors students are typically English Composition with Essay and foreign language exams in Spanish, French or German. However, there may be instances where other CLEP exams are appropriate, such as mathematics (ex. College Algebra or Pre-Calculus). To determine if taking CLEP exams would be beneficial to you, please contact an Honors College advisor. Additional information about CLEP and other testing services can be found at http://www.outreach.usf.edu/conted/testing/.
Honors College Required Courses
Your Honors Professional Advisor will assist you in determining which additional courses are appropriate for your academic program. To look at the general requirements for the Honors College, please visit our General Requirements page.
While the University of South Florida offers significant resources for many aspects of college life, including counseling, advising and tutoring, students, themselves have a wide assortment of resources available to them. These include Honor Societies, interest, cultural, social and religious organizations, and community service venues. All Honors students should take advantage of these opportunities as part of their University experience. Relevant websites are listed below.
USF Honors College, John & Grace Allen Bldg ALN, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620 | Phone: (813) 974-3087 Fax: (813) 974-5801
Questions regarding the website? Contact the Honors College Web Team
Questions regarding the Honors College? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org