FAQs

The following FAQs are specific to students that are admitted for Fall 2021 only.

▼   How do I register for Fall 2021 Southbound Orientation?
If you are a new, undergraduate student who has been admitted to USA for Fall 2021, you must register for orientation to enroll at South. An email with further instructions will be sent to all students admitted for Fall 2021. Select the appropriate navigation tab (on the left of the screen, Freshmen or Transfer & Adult) for details.
▼   How will online orientation work? When will I be advised and register for my courses?

Admitted students who have registered for orientation will be added to an online course and scheduled to meet with their Orientation Leader, based on their confirmed orientation session. Be sure to check your JagMail regularly, as you will need to accept the invitation to the online orientation course in order to participate. Your Orientation Leader will also send an email to your JagMail account with orientation specifics after you accept the orientation course. Additionally, students should make sure they are available to meet their Orientation Leader virtually on the day and at the time that was confirmed at the time of orientation registration.

After a student signs up for orientation, they will also be contacted via JagMail to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor. This process will run independently of virtual orientation with your Orientation Leader. For most students, this advising appointment will take place prior to the student's meeting with their Orientation Leader, but depending on availability, it could also take place after.

If you do not have ACT/SAT scores and are pursuing a STEM or business major, you will need to take the math placement exam before you meet with your advisor. Instructions on signing up for the math placement exam can be found here: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/mathstat/placementschedule.html.

 

▼   Will an on-campus orientation be offered?

YES! The required orientation will still take place virtually, but additionally, we will host optional, in-person orientation events for our new Fall 2021 students. Students must register to attend your preferred date and time through their USA Admission Portal. During this event, incoming students will meet fellow Jags, chat with student organizations, visit the bookstore, walk your class schedule, and so much more! Invitations to the on campus events have been emailed to students who are registered for the required orientation.

Note: There is small, non-refundable fee for this event.

▼   Will there be a Parent Orientation?

Various online resources and virtual opportunities will be provided to parents and guardians throughout the summer. 

Please check the For Parents tab for updates.

▼   How can I get connected to campus virtually?
Orientation Leaders and other campus partners will host virtual informational sessions and engaging activities every week during the summer. Visit southalabama.edu/orientation and click the Engagement tab for a list of events.
▼   What should admitted students be doing to prepare for orientation?
  1. Make sure you are registered and confirmed for you orientation session.
  2. Check your personal email and JagMail for communications.
  3. Complete the Admitted Student Checklist.
▼   Will I be refunded my orientation fee? 

Orientation is still a requirement for all new, undergraduate students and the orientation fee is a university fee that should be paid prior to orientation registration. Formal requests for refunds should be emailed to southbound@southalabama.edu by May 15, 2021, if the student no longer plans to enroll in Fall 2021.