Freshmen Orientation - Spring/Summer Semester

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Welcome to Southbound Orientation! You are here because you are a 2021 high school graduate or a student who is a first-time freshman under the age of 23. 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 spring students will run from November 2021 to January 2022. 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 December 15, 2021. No refunds will be issued after December 15, 2021 for incoming spring students. 



▼   Freshman 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
  • Apply for USA Housing at and pay deposit.
  • 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. 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 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
  • Log in to JagSPOT at to: 
    • Accept all scholarships offered in JagSPOT, if awarded.
    • Search and apply for additional USA scholarships in JagSPOT. 
    • Complete your special programs application in JagSPOT, if you meet the requirements and desire consideration.
  • 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 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,

Strongly encouraged

Start your South experience!

Contact Us

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

(251) 460-7093