Office of Student Development

The Student Development office provides many opportunities for students to become more involved throughout the university community. Students are encouraged to participate in the large selection of events that take place on and off campus. USF students are invited to become involved with any of the current clubs and organizations. Various leadership development workshops and programs are available to students who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Government Association in order to address the needs and concerns of the student body. The Student Activities Board, a function of Student Government, plans and implements major student entertainment programs on campus which include Homecoming, Family Celebration, Little Sibs Day, Spring Fling, dances, game nights, karaoke nights, and other special events. Membership is open to all students.


Welcome New Students!

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the University of St. Francis!

As a new student at the USF, you are bound to have questions. New Student Orientation is your most effective first step towards getting those questions answered. We are here to help you. You’ll learn inside tips from students, faculty and staff who will serve as your guides during your time at the USF.

You will have many opportunities available to you while at the USF. By the time you leave orientation, you’ll be on you way to becoming a successful USF student.

New Student Orientation is designed to help students:

  • Engage with the mission of USF, with a particular focus on the values of respect, integrity, service and compassion
  • Making the transition to USF as smooth as possible
  • Get answers to questions
  • Build connections with other students
  • Become familiar with campus resources
  • Provide professional academic advisement and assistance for new students
  • Advise new students of the policies, procedures, regulations, rights, and responsibilities governing USF
  • Introducing new students’ families to USF
  • Integrate new students into the Commuter and Residence Life program


New Student Orientation

Freshmen Orientation

When is Freshman orientation?
Orientation will take place Thursday, August 15 – Sunday August 18, 2013. Resident check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and Commuter check-in at 10 :00 a.m.

What happens at orientation?


Where do students stay?
Residents will receive keys for their housing assignment. We can not offer housing for Commuter students at this time.


Transfer Orientation

When is Transfer orientation?
Orientation takes place every August for new incoming Transfer students. As the date gets closer, a RSVP form and Schedule will be published for students to see.

What happens at orientation?
As the date gets closer, a Orientation schedule will be published for all new transfer students.

When do Transfer students move in?
For more information, contact Residence Life at 815-740-3381


SGA Clubs and Organizations

USF clubs, organizations and activities are designed with the varied interests of our students in mind. Join a club or organization to develop friendships, expand your horizons, exercise your mind and body and just have fun.

Click here to view a list of our clubs and organizations.