Freshmen - Fall Semester
All students who are 2021 high school graduates and students who are first time freshmen under the age of 23 must attend a Freshman session of Southbound New Student Orientation. If you are 23 or older and are not transferring from another institution, we recommend you attend a Transfer & Adult Freshman session of Southbound New Student Orientation.
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. New students must be admitted before registering for orientation. Orientation will primarily be delivered online via Canvas and Zoom with various opportunities to engage with current students and staff virtually. More details will be provided following orientation registration.
Registration for Southbound New Student Orientation is now open and regular sessions for incoming fall students will run throughout June and July 2021. Log in to register using the same credentials you used when you submitted your application online. After you have viewed your admissions status in the portal, click the "Register for Orientation" link. Complete the orientation registration form and pay the orientation fee. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is made.
There is an orientation fee of $50. This university fee 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 May 15, 2021. No refunds will be issued after May 15, 2021 for incoming summer students.
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:
- Activate your JagNet Student Account
- Login to your JagMail and PAWS (Personal Access Web System) accounts
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for financial aid at fafsa.gov (FAFSA opens up October 1st). Visit the USA One Stop Financial Resources page
- Apply for USA Housing and pay deposit.
- Register for Southbound, your New Student Orientation, and pay the fee in your admissions
portal. Visit New Student Orientation 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. 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. If applicable, also submit official test scores (i.e. ACT/SAT, IB/AP).
- 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 USA One Stop Financial Resources for additional information.
- Order your textbooks and other materials for classes as required.
- Submit JagID photo to the Student Center’s Jag Card Office. You will be notified via JagMail when you can pick up your JagID.
- Join the Admitted Student Facebook Group to start making connections and receive up-to-date information.
- Visit our campus or check out other opportunities at southalabama.edu/visit.
- Log in to JagSPOT to:
- Complete Title IX training to ensure we are working together to keep our campus a safe environment for everyone. You should receive an email to your JagMail and should email email@example.com if you need assistance.
- If you plan to have a vehicle or bicycle on campus, register with USA Parking Services.
- Review financial and academic deadlines on the academic calendar, southalabama.edu/academiccalendar.
- If you're interested in the Student & Scholar Health Insurance, be sure to review the health insurance plan information for details.
- If you need accommodations, please visit Student Disability Services.
- Complete the brief on-line alcohol prevention program, Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO. Your responses will remain confidential.
- Complete the USA Sports Interest Survey, a tool that aids in sports planning and programming.
- If you are interested in departmental programs (for example, Jaguar Marching Band), be sure to check the department’s website to learn about the requirements to join.
- Check out our student organizations and ways to get involved.
Start your South experience!
If you have additional questions, please call or email the New Student Orientation Office: