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.
  • 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 as soon as possible to secure your preferred session. Registration for Southbound New Student Orientation for Spring 2024 will open late fall and for Summer 2024 in early spring.

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

(251) 460-7093