We look forward to seeing you soon at orientation! Make sure to take the following steps before arriving on campus to ensure your orientation is as smooth as possible. If you have any questions while completing this checklist, don't hesitate to contact us!


▼   Admission
Make sure the USA Office of Admissions has all official documents including transcripts, test scores, and any college credits earned through dual enrollment, AP courses, IB courses, or while attending another institution. This will help make your class registration process easier.
▼   Orientation Registration

Only admitted undergraduate students may sign up for orientation. Use the left navigation menu and select your status (Freshmen or Transfer, Second Bachelor's, Non-Degree, & Adult Freshman) and the term you will be enrolling (fall or spring/summer) to view instructions on how to sign up for your orientation.


▼   Student ID

Submit your student ID picture on-line prior to attending your orientation session.

▼   Immunizations, Health Records, & Insurance

Each new student accepted for admission must submit, prior to course registration, immunization information and records through the Student Health Web Portal. Please see the Student Health Immunization Requirements for information.

Please contact the Student Health Center at 251-460-7151, if you need assistance with your forms, prior to orientation.

Mailed or faxed documents will not be accepted. If you're interested in the Student & Scholar Health Insurance, be sure to review the health insurance plan information for details

▼   Title IX

The University of South Alabama is committed to creating a welcoming and safe campus environment for everyone and we need your help. The University requires incoming students to complete an online module in Sexual Assault Training. The purpose of this training is to provide students with information regarding prevention and reporting of sexual assault. This training is mandatory for all new students, including freshman, graduate, professional, online and transfer students. Your participation will ensure we are working together to make the USA campus a safe environment for everyone.

You are required to complete this training before you arrive for Orientation.  You should receive an email to your JagMail with instructions on how to access and complete the training, or you can access it directly here.

Please take the time to sign on and complete the training as soon as possible. If you have questions or did not receive the training email, please email

▼   Jag Healthy

You must complete a brief on-line alcohol prevention program prior to your orientation session. Please complete the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO. Your responses will remain confidential. Please authorize electronic verification using your Jag Number.

▼   Jag Number, PAWS, and JagMail E-mail Account
Your Jag number can be found on your letter of admission. You will need this to log into PAWS and JagMail. PAWS is USA's Personal Access Web System, used by students to register for classes. Here you can find information about your account, housing, transcripts, and personal information. Also, set up your JagMail as soon as possible to receive important university communications.
▼   Requesting a Major Change

Complete and submit the Change of Major form, if you need to change your academic major. Please submit this form at least ten business days prior to your orientation date.

▼   Placement Exams

Students will be permitted to enroll in mathematics classes based on a pre-requisite course, Math ACT score, Math SAT score, or the mathematics placement test. Please read the course placement information.

Any student admitted to USA with an ACT or SAT score and wishes to be placed into a higher math may complete the math placement exam.

▼   Financial Aid

The priority deadline for financial aid is May 1. Apply for financial aid by submitting your FAFSA right after you apply for admission to ensure the best turnaround time. Check your JagMail for important notices from Financial Aid once you've submitted your online application.

▼   Housing

Considering living on campus? Once you've been admitted to South, you'll use your Jag number and JagMail password to login to My USAHousing and begin your housing contract. Those who complete their contract early will have the largest selection of campus housing locations and types.

  • ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: Those who complete their contract by published deadline will be eligible to self-select their residence hall and room through the 'Room Selection' process (conducted in My USAHousing), based on availability. Those who complete their contract after the deadline will be assigned by USA Housing.
  • ROOMMATES: Students have the option of selecting their roommate(s) or receiving a random roommate. If you would like to find a roommate, there are a number of ways to do it; social media, during an on campus visit, or by using the USA Housing roommate search program. The program is inside the My USAHousing portal, as part of your housing contract. All students will fill out a roommate profile and questionnaire as part of their housing application, even if the student does not plan to use the Roommate Search function. Then it is up to the student (participation is optional) to reach out to others through the Roommate Matching process once it opens.
  • MORE INFO: Visit USA Housing's 'Getting Started' page for more information about the application process. You can find more information specific to the roommate matching process on USA Housing's ‘Roommates’ page, including Key Roommate Deadlines and answers to several FAQs.
  • QUESTIONS? Contact USA Housing at (251) 341-4663 (press option "0"/M-F, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) or send them an email at
▼   South Alabama Athletics

Please click the link below to participate USA Sports Interest Survey.

The United States Department of Education from the Office of Civil Rights
(OCR) may utilize this sport survey data to evaluate whether our institution
is fully and effectively accommodating the interests and abilities of the
underrepresented sex.