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Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where do new students go to check in?
  2. Where do Transfer students go to check in?
  3. Where do International students go to check in?
  4. What is the earliest day I can move in?
  5. If I arrive late where do I go to check in?
  6. How do I find out which residence hall I move into?
  7. How will I know which building is which and where to park?
  8. Where do I receive my keys for my room?
  9. How do I find out who my roommates are?
  10. How can I change my roommate?
  11. What events does orientation consist of?
  12. Is it mandatory that I attend orientation?
  13. How long is orientation?
  14. Can my parents and family members attend orientation with me?
  15. How do I register for family orientation?
  16. Are first-year students allowed to have a vehicle the first year?
  17. How do I register my bike?
  18. How do I register my vehicle?
  19. Can I pay for my tuition online?
  20. How do I check to see if I’m financially cleared?
  21. Are there meal plans and how do they work?
  22. How do I declare or change my major?
  23. How do I find out who my academic advisor is?
  24. How do I register for classes?
  25. What is the add/drop period? 
  26. How do I make changes to my class schedule?
  27. How do I order textbooks?
  28. When are immunization records due to the University of Tampa?
  29. What health care insurance is provided through the University of Tampa?
  30. How do I get involved on campus with different organizations?
  31. I would like to join a sorority or fraternity, when is recruitment?
  32. How do I find out the information to the mailbox?
  33. As a transfer student, how do I found out which credits transfer over or not?
  34. As a commuter student, do I still have to attend orientation?
  35. Is there a meal plan for commuter students?
  36. When will I be able to see my schedule on SpartanWeb?
  37. Once the schedule is made, can changes be requested prior to new students’ arrival on campus?
  38. How do I register to attend orientation?

1. Where do new students go to check in? | Back to top.

Orientation check-in for all residential first-year students will go to their assigned residence at their assigned check-in time. First-year commuter students will check-in for orientation at Grand Salon, located in Plant Hall. 

2. Where do transfer students go to check in? | Back to top.  

Orientation check-in for transfer residential students will go to their assigned residence halls at their assigned check in time. Transfer commuter students will check in for orientation at Grand Salon, located in Plant Hall. 

3. Where do International students go to check in? | Back to top.  

Orientation check in for international students will be located in the Crescent Club, located on the 9th Floor of the Vaughn Center.

4. What is the earliest day I can move in? Back to top.  

The earliest day for new students to move into their designated residence halls will be Aug. 24, 2017, when residence halls open for the fall semester.

5. If I arrive late where do I go to check in? | Back to top.  

Students that arrive late can check in at the Vaughn Center Information Desk.

6. How do I find out which residence hall I move into? | Back to top.  

To find out which residence hall you will live in for the semester, please log onto your SpartanWeb account beginning July 6. When you log onto SpartanWeb, Click on the “Campus Life” tab. From the “Campus Life” tab, you will click on the “Residence Life and Housing” tab, then click on the “Residence Information” tab. This page will show which residence hall you will reside in.

7. How will I know which building is which and where to park? | Back to top.  

There will be signs pointing to the designated buildings, as well as student helpers around campus to direct families and students to our parking areas.

8. Where do I receive my keys for my room? | Back to top.  

Students will receive the keys for their room when they check into their residence hall.

9. How do I find out who my roommates are? | Back to top.  

To find out who your roommates will be, please log onto your SpartanWeb account beginning July 6. When you log onto SpartanWeb, click on the “Campus Life” tab. From the “Campus Life” tab, you will click on the “Residence Life and Housing” tab, then click on the “Residence Information” tab. This page will show you how many roommates you will have along with their name, number, and email address. 

10. How can I change my roommate? | Back to top.  

After the third week of each semester, residents will have a chance to move or swap rooms during an open room change period. For more information, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (813) 253-6239 or reslife@ut.edu.

11. What events does orientation consist of? | Back to top.  

Students will be covering academic course material, engaging in orientation-related activities and listening to various educational and safety issues. Each evening, social activities will be sponsored by our social Greek letter organizations, Student Productions, Residence Hall Association, Athletics and Student Government.

12. Is it mandatory that I attend orientation? | Back to top.  

Orientation participation is highly encouraged for all parts of the program. The information presented will greatly aid the student throughout their collegiate career.

13. How long is orientation? | Back to top.  

Orientation starts Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

14. Can my parents and family members attend orientation with me? | Back to top.  

Parents and family members cannot attend the orientation events with the student. We encourage parents and family members to attend the Family Orientation Program. You can access the Family Orientation Program registration page by clicking here

15. How do I register for family orientation? | Back to top.  

 Registration for Family Orientation will be available starting Saturday, July 1, 2017. You can access the Family Orientation Registration page by clicking here

16. Are first-year students allowed to have a vehicle the first year? | Back to top.   

Residential first-year students are not permitted to have a vehicle registered on campus. This policy does not apply to first-year students that live off campus and commute to the University.

17. How do I register my bike? | Back to top.  

To register your bike, please log onto your SpartanWeb account and click on the "Campus Life" tab, then click on the "Safety and Security” tab which has the form on the main page. You may also register in person at the Campus Safety Office, located in the Innovation and Collaboration Building, first floor – you will need your bike information including serial number.

18. How do I register my vehicle? | Back to top.  

To register your vehicle, please log onto your SpartanWeb account and click on the "Campus Life" tab, then click on the "Safety and Security” tab which has the form on the main page. You may also register in person at the Campus Safety Office, located in the Innovation and Collaboration Building, first floor.

19. Can I pay for my tuition online? | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover for tuition payments completed online. Credit card payments may be made online at SpartanWeb or in person at the Bursar’s office located in Plant Hall, room 428.

20. How do I check to see if I’m financially cleared? | Back to top.  

Financial clearance can be found on the student’s SpartanWeb account. Once you log into SpartanWeb click on the “Finances” tab then select “Bursar’s Office” and from there click on “My Account Balances” link. If you do not see any amount due you are financially cleared. Students can also contact Financial aid at (813) 253-6219 or finaid@ut.edu.

21. Are there meal plans and how do they work? | Back to top.  

Residential students have three to four choices for their meal plans depending on what residence hall they live in.

The Carte Blanche = Unlimited meals with unlimited seconds at The Ultimate

Dining Cafe plus = $75 Spartan Dollars per semester and up to three meal exchanges a week

The Favorite = 15 meals a week with unlimited seconds at The Ultimate Dining Cafe, plus $100 Spartan Dollars per semester with up to 15 meal exchanges a week from defined combo meals

The Ultimate = 12 meals a week with unlimited seconds at The Ultimate Dining Cafe, plus $150 Spartan Dollars per semester with up to 12 meal exchanges a week from defined combo meals

The Express = seven meals a week with unlimited seconds at The Ultimate Dining Cafe, plus $75 Spartan Dollars per semester with up to seven meal exchanges a week from defined combo meals

22. How do I declare or change my major? | Back to top.  

To declare or change a major, students may visit the Academic Success Center's website where they will find the Request to Change Advisor or Major/Minor form. Students can also go to the Academic Success Center located in North Walker Hall and fill out the form in person.

23. How do I find out who my academic advisor is? | Back to top.  

First-year students will be assigned an advisor in early July on their SpartanWeb. The contact information for their advisors will be posted as well and students have the chance to communicate with them before school starts in August.

24. How do I register for classes? | Back to top.  

UT academic advisors create the initial base schedules for all incoming students to ensure students are properly placed in classes according to the requirements for their selected majors, the Baccalaureate Experience (common core) curriculum and other academic areas of interest. Advisors are especially careful to take into account prerequisite sequencing and the timing of future course offerings to promote timely degree completion. The freshman preference form provides the student the opportunity to provide feedback related to scheduling. Students should carefully complete the entire form by providing accurate information with the understanding the information will be used to select classes for their first semester of enrollment. Course schedules for incoming first-year students will be finalized and posted on the student’s SpartanWeb account by July 6, 2017.

25. What is the add/drop period? | Back to top.  

The add/drop period is the first five days of each fall and spring semester. Through that period, students may change their schedules. Any adding must be completed by the end of the period, and if you leave a class after the end of the period, you will receive a grade of “W,” indicating you withdrew from the class. Separate add/drop periods apply for summer and seven-week sessions.

26. How do I make changes to my class schedule? | Back to top.  

During orientation and through the end of the drop/add period, students will have the opportunity to make changes on SpartanWeb. Students should be careful not to drop classes from their base schedules prior to being sure an open seat is available in the replacement course/section desired. Sections showing as closed cannot be overridden.

27. How do I order textbooks? | Back to top.  

Textbooks can be ordered through The University of Tampa bookstore at (813) 253-6230. 

28. When are immunization records due to The University of Tampa? | Back to top.  

New students’ immunization forms are due to the Health Center no later than July 1, 2017, for the fall semester. Students can submit their forms by mail or online through the UT Online Student Health Portal.

29. What health care insurance is provided through The University of Tampa? | Back to top.  

Full time undergraduate and international students pay a health care fee that provides the student with a premium policy for a student injury and sickness insurance plan through United Health Care Student Resources.

30. How do I get involved on campus with different organizations? | Back to top.  

The University of Tampa has more than 200 organizations and clubs to offer. To find out more about them and see which one you might be interested in, check out the Student Organizations

31. I would like to join a sorority or fraternity, when is recruitment? | Back to top.  

To learn more about the multiple sororities and fraternities at The University of Tampa, go to the Fraternity and Sorority Life within the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. This page will provide you with all the information about recruitment, or you can contact Fraternity and Sorority life at (813) 253-6233 or studentengagement@ut.edu.

32. How do I find out the information to the mailbox? | Back to top.  

The information for your mailbox can be found on the student’s SpartanWeb account. Once you log into your SpartanWeb account, click on the “Campus Life” tab followed by selecting the “Post Office Box Information” link. This will lead you to where you can select “Mailbox Info” link to obtain the information to your mailbox.

33. As a transfer student, how do I find out which credits transfer over or not? | Back to top.  

Transfer students can contact the Registrar Office at (813) 253-6251 or registrar@ut.edu. Transfer students can also contact their academic advisor to find out which incoming credits transferred over.

34. As a commuter student, do I still have to attend orientation? | Back to top.  

First-year students and transfer students who will commute to UT must still attend orientation events just like residential first-year and transfer students.

35. Is there a meal plan for commuter students? | Back to top.  

There are meal plans for commuter students. To find out the meal plan options for commuter students, please visit the dining services website.

36. When will I be able to see my schedule on SpartanWeb? Back to top.  

Students entering in the fall will generally see that semester’s schedule at the end of the second week of July; students entering in spring by about mid-December. If you see the message “schedule under construction” on the schedule, you will know that it is not yet final. In fact, no schedule is absolutely final until classes begin and then after the end of the add/drop period. You should view and print the schedule from SpartanWeb the night before classes begin as room assignments/instructors may change on occasion.

37. Once the schedule is made, can changes be requested prior to new students’ arrival on campus? | Back to top.  

Based on the completed preference form, Advising staff should have an idea of any coursework that may be coming in for credit. If, however, a student believes he/she has been scheduled in a course for which credit has already been earned, then a change request is warranted. The admissions counselors can assist with direction if a student has questions about a possible schedule change prior to arrival on campus. After base schedules are visible in SpartanWeb, freshmen can email firstyearadvising@ut.edu with questions or schedule change requests, which will be reviewed in order received. Transfer students with registration issues may email transferadvising@ut.edu.

38.  How do I register to attend orientation?  Back to top.

Whether you are a first-year student or a transfer student, you do not need to register to attend orientation. The orientation program will begin the evening of Thursday, Aug. 24 ;and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 27. Upon orientation check-in, students will receive a schedule listing all of the orientation events.