Transfer & Adult - Fall Semester

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Welcome to Southbound Orientation! You are here because you are a Fall 2023 undergraduate student:

  • transferring from another institution to complete your degree
  • who is 23 years of age or older and have not yet attended college
  • seeking a second bachelor’s degree

Students admitted to the professional component of nursing and graduate students will receive a specialized orientation through their departments. Transient and non-degree seeking students are not required to attend orientation. First year freshman, should register for a Freshman Orientation session.

Please note:

  • Transfer or second bachelor's students admitted to the professional component of nursing and graduate students will receive a specialized orientation through their departments.
  • Nursing students are encouraged to attend Southbound Orientation to prepare for their transition to the university. The departmental orientation includes limited university information and focuses on the nursing program.
  • Transient and non-degree seeking students are not required to attend orientation, but can opt to do so.
  • First-year freshmen should register for a Freshman Orientation session.

In an effort to prepare all of our new Jaguars for their transition to South, we host multiple orientation sessions that new undergraduate students are required to attend. Spaces for each session will fill up quickly, so we encourage you to register today to secure your preferred session. Fall 2023 Transfer & Adult Orientation sessions will be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 28 (virtual) - Full
  • Friday, July 21 (on campus)
  • Wednesday, July 26 (virtual)

We look forward to helping our new Jaguars transition to USA! Orientation Leaders will lead the way, providing new students with information about our campus, student services and support, and other resources.  Only admitted students will have orientation registration access. Students who register for orientation will have the opportunity to meet with academic advisor who will assist them with course registration. More details will be provided following orientation registration. 

Students should log in to register using the same credentials used when they submitted their application online. After a new student has viewed their admissions status in the portal, click the "Register for Orientation" link. Complete the orientation registration form and pay the orientation fee.  Southbound New Student Orientation registration is not confirmed until payment is made.

There is an orientation fee, which is a university fee that cannot be waived and is required at the time of orientation registration. If your orientation plans change and you choose to cancel your registration, please contact our office directly to provide notification of the change. For refund consideration, a written notice of cancellation and refund request must be received by the respective deadline. No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2023 for incoming fall students. 

Check out our FAQs page for more information.



▼   Transfer Admitted Student Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to South! We are so excited that you have decided to join the Jaguar family. Here are the steps to take to become a student at USA:

Top Priority

  • Activate your JagNet Student Account at
  • Login to your JagMail and PAWS (Personal Access Web System) accounts at
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for financial aid at (FAFSA opens up October 1st). Visit the USA One Stop Financial Resources page at
  •  Log in to JagSPOT at to:
    • Search and apply for additional USA scholarships in JagSPOT.
    • Complete your special programs application in JagSPOT, if you meet the requirements and desire consideration.
  • Transfer students who wish to live on campus can complete a housing application at the USA housing portal. See for more details.
  • Register for Southbound, your New Student Orientation, and pay the fee in your admissions portal. Visit for more information.
    • Summer and Fall orientation registration opens in January.
    • Spring orientation  registration opens in November
  • Submit immunization information and records through the Student Health Web Portal at
    Please contact the Student Health Center at (251) 460-7151, if you need assistance.
  • Request final official transcript(s) be submitted to South if you have not yet done so.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to register for courses in PAWS. Your advisor will contact you for an appointment after you register for orientation. Some students may be required to take a placement test.
  • Attend your scheduled orientation.
  • After semester billing posts to your student account, pay tuition or set up a payment plan via PAWS. See for more information.
  • Order your textbooks 


Strongly Encouraged

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Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please call or email the New Student Orientation Office:

(251) 460-7093