Transfer & Adult Orientation - Spring/Summer Semester

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Welcome to Southbound Orientation! You are here because you are an undergraduate student who is:

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

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, as required by the college.
  • Nursing students are also encouraged to attend Southbound Orientation to prepare for their transition to the university. The departmental orientation session includes limited university information and focuses on the nursing program, while Southbound Orientation introduces students to the university community and resources.
  • 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 and new undergraduate students are required to attend one. Spaces for each session will fill up quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your preferred session.

Admitted students should log-in to their application portal to register for Southbound New Student Orientation.

  • After you have viewed your admissions status in the portal, click the "Register for Orientation" link to sign up.
  • Complete the orientation registration form and submit.
  • There is an orientation fee, which is a university fee that cannot be waived and is required at the time of orientation registration. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is made.

 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, 2024 for incoming summer students. 

Dates for our regular Summer 2024 virtual orientation sessions are as follows:

  • April 11, 2024
    • May term students must register for this session.
    • Summer I, Summer II, and full summer term students may register for this session.
  • May 28, 2024
    • Summer I, II, and full term students may register for this session.
  • June 24, 2024
    • Only Summer II students should register for this session.

We look forward to helping our new Jaguars transition to USA!


▼   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