As soon as possible. The FAFSA is the first step to receive financial aid and scholarships. Typically, the next year’s FAFSA comes out on Oct. 1 on each year. Students and parents may use taxes from up to two years ago (prior-prior year) for completion. You can fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
There are two main types of scholarships available for freshmen at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus: Admissions (Merit) and STARS. Students who have a completed application as of Jan. 15 are automatically reviewed for Admissions Scholarships. STARS is a one-stop scholarship database. Any admitted student can apply for scholarships via STARS. The STARS deadline for freshmen is February 1.
Students who have completed the FAFSA for their academic year will typically receive their aid package within a month. If you are starting in summer, you will need to do both the current and next year’s FAFSA.
Yes! All students should receive an admissions packet, which includes your letter and other important information, within a week of being admitted. If you find that you are admitted on OASIS and have not received a packet, please confirm your permanent address in OASIS and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are admitted, you may go to your OASIS account and submit your admissions deposit to secure your spot. If you qualify for a deposit waiver, then email email@example.com to let us know you plan to attend the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
The admissions deposit is a $200 deposit that secures your enrollment spot. This deposit then rolls into paying for your tuition. The deposit is due by May 1.
Submit official final high school transcripts and any college transcripts from dual enrollment coursework you have completed. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope. If you pick up your official transcript from your school’s office and bring it to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, do NOT open the envelope!
AP, IB and AICE credit cannot be applied from your high school transcript. These scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Admissions at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus as soon as they are available. All test scores should be submitted electronically.
Of course! Aside from tours and Preview Days, we have our USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Experience events.
Yes, we have an Accepted Student Day each spring. This event is designed to allow admitted students and their families to get a feel for the university community, celebrate your achievements and even experience life in the classroom. Please contact us for more information
Student Life Questions
There are over 30 clubs and organizations to get involved with at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. This can range from a pre-professional organization to Student Government. We take pride in our students developing their leadership skills by truly making their mark at the school, so if we don’t have the organization you want – create it!
Aside from joining a student organization, there are a variety of things to get involved with. There are campus traditions, such as our Multicultural Week, Week of Welcome, Service Saturdays and USF Week. There are also a variety of speakers, outside organizations and fairs that happen on campus.
The Sarasota-Manatee area provides many options. Students can go to museums, malls and local eateries within a few miles of campus. If a student wants to relax, check out our world-class beaches ten minutes away from campus. Looking for work or internships? Our Career Center has many connections to help you achieve your goals.
The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is dedicated to the success of our students and understands how residential experiences contribute to advancing this priority.
Although the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus does not have any on-campus housing options or current affiliated housing, we encourage students to research the many available properties in Sarasota and Manatee counties to find a fit that works for them.
Yes, there are both work study and general student jobs on campus. Some positions can be found in Admissions, Info Commons and Student Engagement. If interested in work study opportunities, please indicate this on your FAFSA. For additional information on student employment, please see the Office of Career Services.
Orientation is central to student success. This program allows students to understand how to navigate the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, how to get the most out of the university experience and how to do the basics, such as registering for classes, getting books and pursuing internships. The program mixes experiential activities, games and discussions to help students take the crucial first steps into life as a Bull.
There are a variety of dates. Please visit the Orientation webpage for more information.
Yes. If you have decided that you would like to change your major, let your academic advisor know at orientation.
Yes! One of the things we pride ourselves on as an institution is the opportunity for undergraduate students to do research. Between our labs at Mote Marine, independent studies with our faculty and opportunities with the local community, many students have conducted research and even been published. Ask about our Student Showcase events, which highlight student research and achievements!
There are a plethora of opportunities to see the world and gain academic credit -- at the same time! Students can select anywhere from a week-long program to a full semester abroad and are encouraged to speak with USF World early in their academic career.
Summer term starts in July and Fall classes start in late August. Click here to see a complete academic calendar.