Campus Life

USF Parent & Family Engagement


As the parent or family member of a USF student, we want to make sure you have the support you need to help your student be successful and earn their degree.To accomplish this mission, the Office of Parent and Family Engagement offers USF families support and experiences throughout their students tenue at USF. We encourage families to take advantage of the opportunities below:

Stay Informed: Join the USF Parent/Family Bulletin!

The USF Parent & Family BULLetin is a platform and e-newsletter for family members on the Sarasota-Manatee campus that provides ongoing campus updates on student life, support services, upcoming events and deadlines, and family-specific resources. Hundreds of resources are available to support yourstudent’s continued enrollment and success. Activate your profile today to customize your experience to receive the types of information you want at the frequency that works best for you and your family.

Familiarize Yourself with the Family Checklist

The Family Checklist serves as a tool for our newest USF family members so they can help their student prepare for a successful transition to USF. The Family Checklist is divided into three sections: once admitted, post deposit, and prior to classes starting. The student in your family can access their USF Student Checklist here.

Register & Attend Orientation

Orientation is the perfect way for families and guests to familiarize themselves with USF and available resources to assist in the student and family transition. This experience introduces families and guests to USF services, resources, and support networks, as well as provides an opportunity to hear firsthand from current USF students what it means to be a Bull.

Register and Attend Family and Friends Weekend

Family & Friends Weekend takes place each fall. The weekend is open to all family members and friends of USF students who register. Activities are offered to students, family and friends attending any of USF’s campuses, and we invite our families and guests to reconnect with their student while making new memories!

Visit Your Student

Family and friends visiting the Sarasota-Manatee campus can take advantage of discounted hotel rates in the area. The recommended hotels in close proximity to the campus are as follows:

Hilton Garden Inn
8270 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Courtyard By Marriott
850 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34234

Residence Inn by Marriott
1040 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34234


Campus Life & Experiences

The University of South Florida provides additional campus life experiences for our students to get to know one another, feel connected to our community, and learn more about what makes each campus so special. Learn more below!

USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus
The Department of New Student Experiences provides programs and services to students enrolled on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, and their families.
Phone: (941) 359-4330

USF Tampa Campus

The offices of New Student Connections and Parent and Family Engagement provide programs and services to students enrolled on the Tampa campus, and their families.

New Student Connections
Phone: (813) 974-2896

Parent and Family Engagement
Phone: (813) 974-2896

USF St. Petersburg Campus
The COMPASS Student Experience office provides programs and services to students enrolled on the St. Petersburg campus, and their families.
Phone: (727) 873-4003