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INTO USF Undergraduate Pathway Program A Welcome Guide for New Students



Welcome, New Students! The Undergraduate Pathway Team would like to personally welcome you and congratulate you on your admission to the Undergraduate Pathway Program! This Welcome Guide contains important information about what to expect during your time in the Pathway Program and is designed to help you better prepare for your arrival. Please complete any required forms provided in the Pre-Arrival Checklist on the next few pages. We are very excited for your arrival and look forward to meeting you at the INTO USF Orientation! Sincerely, The Undergraduate Pathway Team


TABLE OF CONTENTS HERE’S WHAT’S INSIDE Pathway Program Progression Requirements

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Important Dates

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Pre-Arrival Checklist

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Forms You Must Sign

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INTO Faces

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Academic Advising

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Academic Expectations

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Academic Integrity

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General Education Requirements

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Navigating American Culture

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Adjusting to a New Culture

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Self Care

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Campus Smoking Policy

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REQUIRED TESTS Math Placement Test Students take this test on the first day of INTO Pathway orientation. The test is two to three hours long and is used to place students in a level of math at USF. You can learn more about the topics by visiting and then selecting “Content.”

ACT or SAT Students must have an official ACT or SAT score on their USF record before they can progress to USF from the Pathway. The score of these tests is not important, it’s only required that you have one. Some students may have taken one of these tests already— that is great! Email your Pathway Academic Advisor with this information once you arrive and your advisor will tell you how to have the scores sent to USF. It is okay if you have not taken one of these tests before you arrive to USF. You INTO academic advisor will provide more information about registering for and taking a test once you arrive. Please follow all directions your advisor sends, since it will be important to register for and take a test shortly after arriving for the Pathway program.



May 7, 2019

Summer Semester 2019 Classes Begin

May 13, 2019

Memorial Day Holiday

May 27, 2019

Independence Day Holiday

July 4, 2019

End of the Summer Term

August 2, 2019

Progression Decision

May 10, 2019

 Changing your program (major) is NOT possible once you arrive at INTO USF. If you are interested in changing your program, please email as soon as possible.  Changing from an Accelerated Pathway to a Standard Pathway is possible until the end of the first week of classes. If you want to make the change now, please email your request to as soon as possible.


PRE-ARRIVAL CHECKLIST ITEMS TO BE COMPLETED All new students in the undergraduate Pathway Program are required to complete the items listed in the checklist below. To access and submit electronic versions of the Progression Agreement Form, please click on the links provided on these pages. Students must submit these forms prior to arrival to INTO USF.

ACCELERATED STUDENTS:  Progression Agreement Contract


ORIENTATION WHAT TO EXPECT All new students beginning the Pathway Program are required to attend INTO USF Orientation. The goal of Orientation is to familiarize you with the resources available to assist you with your academic, immigration, and personal needs. During the “Meet Your Academic Advisor” session, students will:  Meet their Academic Advisors and learn about how they can assist students in meeting academic goals.  Learn more about progression requirements, undergraduate requirements, and culture shock.  Learn about the technology used in the Pathway Program and have time to answer any questions you may have. It is very important that you attend the “Meet Your Academic Advisor” session presented by your assigned Pathway Advisor so that you receive information specific to your program.


Orientation is an opportunity for meeting other incoming Pathway students as well as student leaders, so be prepared to make new friends and have fun!

Watch this video for a glimpse of what former INTO USF students experienced at their Orientation!



Jane Harvey Academic Director

Jenny Schultz

Lynn Ravens

Associate Director

Assistant Director

Jordan Walters

Janna Eveland Student Services Assistant Director

Assistant Director INTO Tutoring Center

Mary-Ellen Smith Senior International



Nicole La Baw Lead Office Specialist

Hong Wu Fiscal & Business Assistant

Julaina Webber Wellness & Welfare Specialist

Brian Goercke Student Services Manager - Care & Conduct

Aaron Schultz Housing Assignments


UNDERGRADUATE PATHWAY TEAM INTO academic advisors are a student's academic advocates within the Pathway program and are interested in student development. Academic advisor’s guide students through the USF progression requirements and are invested in the student success. Advisors are aware of USF and Pathway requirements and can answer your questions, or direct you to one of many campus resources. Your INTO Academic advisor will assist you with course planning, registration, and academic counseling.

I have been advising at USF INTO Pathway for over two years working with the Computer Science and Engineering cohorts. It is important to me that my stu-

dents, progress from the INTO Pathway program into USF and are properly informed of the USF programs and services offered to them. In my free time, I enjoy working on my house, attending sporting

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events, and fishing.


Sheridan Wiggins is the Business Pathway advisor and has been advising students in higher education for over 6 years. She has advised many types of students and prides herself on being able to relate to students of different backgrounds. What she enjoys the most about students in the Pathway program is learning about where they come from and their culture. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her son.

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What I enjoy most about being an Academic Advisor is getting to help others and getting to learn about new cultures and new places. Seeing students adapt to new surroundings and ultimately achieve their goals in another aspect that makes advising so rewarding. My best advice to students is don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are many resources available to help you succeed, so take advantage of them!


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What An Advisor DOES: Registers students for class Reviews grades and discusses future grade requirements Helps with goal setting Discuss majors and minors at USF Meet with students regarding academic concerns Provide USF resources and contacts Provide feedback on cultural situations Help with language to use in challenging situations What An Advisor Does NOT Do:

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Change class schedule Change grades Change instructors Review essays Process documents (transcripts, tests scores, etc.) Answer questions on immigration Answer questions on housing Answer questions on finance Speak to instructor/professor on student behalf


ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS Students in the INTO USF undergraduate Pathway program often experience a shock at the differences between high school and university life. High school students often have reminders to

do work, and are even reminded when to sleep. Students in the Pathway program are considered to be university students, so they are responsible for their own schedule. This is a big adjustment and many students struggle in their first semester. In the Pathway, you will be expected to:

Check your email every day. You must also read and respond to all emails from your advisor, teacher, or any other university staff. Meet with your Pathway advisor whenever you have a question or concern. Advisors, not friends, have the best advice about academics. Study every day! Build time into your schedule so that you study every day, Your advisor can help you build a study schedule that will help you be successAttend classes and take notes. You can't pass a class if you do not attend.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Academic Integrity means honesty in all schoolwork. Students at INTO USF and the University of South Florida are expected to follow the rules for academic integrity. According to the USF Undergraduate Catalog, students can break the code of academic integrity by:     

Cheating Plagiarizing Forgery Submitting multiple instances of the same work Assisting another student in academic dishonesty (Complicity)  Misconduct in research Prior to arriving to the INTO USF Pathway Program, students must learn more about the University of South Florida’s Commitment to Honor and to complete to the Academic Integrity Tutorial.


Why is this important to me? Because once you begin your Pathway, you will be taking USF courses. This means that you must follow the same rules for academic integrity as all other USF students. Instructors will expect that you will know about plagiarism and how to avoid it. Many countries have different rules for writing and using words from someone else in your essays, but once you begin classes at USF, you must follow the USF rules. Learning these rues prior to arrival will help make the transition to your INTO USF courses much easier.

Learn more about Academic Integrity at USF  Complete USF’s Academic Integrity Tutorial + Quiz by clicking here.  Learn about USF’s Undergraduate Commitment to Honor by clicking here. These are the expectations that all USF students are expected to follow.  Once you arrive to the INTO USF Pathway Program, attend the ‘Academic Integrity’ workshop offered through the INTO USF Tutoring Center. Check with the INTO USF Tutoring Center for dates and times.


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS A degree means more than understanding one subject. The world needs people who can write, do math, think, analyze, AND relate history to current situations. This is why education in the United Stated requires that you study more than just one subject. This is known as General Education and is required for all students. Students in the Pathway Program will study many subjects. They include:  American History  Humanities  Math  Science

All students are required to take these subjects and each course “counts” towards graduation. Your advisor will explain how each course fits with your individual major within the first few weeks of the semester. Make sure you attend all advising so you can learn more about the General Education requirements.


USF MATH SEQUENCE Students will take a math placement test during the first day of orientation for the INTO USF Pathway Program. Students will be placed into one of four levels of math depending on their score. Students can begin at any level of math depending on their math test score, but cannot place higher than Calculus 1 in their first semester of study. Students will need to pass the previous level to complete each subsequent level of math.

Engineering and Science Pathways

Business Pathway

Helpful Links USF: Department of Mathematics and Statistics This page contains a brief overview for many of the math courses at USF. It shows what each level of math at USF covers in a semester. Virtual Math Lab (West Texas A&M)

Education, Liberal Arts, Visual & Performing Arts Pathways

This website contains a big collection of step-by-step tutorials in the college algebra, intermediate algebra, etc. Each section contains learning objectives, introductions, tutorials, practice problems, and a section if you still need extra help on the topics.


TECHNOLOGY Students in the INTO USF pathway program use a variety of technology that is necessary to their success for academic purposes. It is important that students understand how to use it, and how they can access it. Canvas is the online portion of your class. Teachers keep readings and important documents Canvas, and students submit homework through Canvas. OASIS is where students access their important information. Most importantly, this is where you find your course schedule! GradesFirst is the system used to schedule appoints with your advisor and with a tutor USF Email: Once you arrive, your teachers, advisors , and tutors can only use your USF email to communicate with you— they cannot email your personal account. Check your email every day!


Before you arrive to USF, it is important that you activate your NetID. This is the username and password you will use to log in to all USF computer systems, and it will be used on the first day of orientation. Students who have not activated their NetID before arriving to USF will experience delays on the first day of orientation. It is important that you set activate your NetID as soon as possible. You have already received an email from the INTO Orientation Office ( with directions to activate your NetID. If you haven’t already activated it,


NAVIGATING AMERICAN CULTURE ADJUSTING TO CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES Adjusting to a new culture can be challenging. Here are some customs to be aware of and tips to help you once you arrive in the U.S. You will likely find familiar cuisines around USF and the Tampa area. However, restaurants adjust flavors to the American palate so the food may not be as spicy or flavorful as you remember your home meals to be. It is important to address an individual by the correct title when corresponding through email, phone, or in a face-to-face conversation. This chart will help you identify some of the more common titles you will use on a daily basis. Individual Man–married or single

Proper Title Mr. [mis-ter]

Woman–single/marital status is unknown Ms. [mis] Woman–married

Mrs. [mis-iz, miz-iz]

College level teacher


If professor has a doctorate degree

Dr. [dok-ter]




You are about to experience an exciting but stressful time as you begin your studies abroad. It will be very important that you maintain your health and wellbeing so that you have an enjoyable and successful experience in the Pathway Program. The USF Wellness Center offers services and resources to help students develop a healthy lifestyle. Sit back and relax while you enjoy a

free five-minute massage in one of the high-tech Brookstone massage chairs. A quick massage can be a great way for you to reduce your stress and improve your mood.

Have some free time between classes? Stop in and get moving with our Xbox Kinect. Choose from games like Kinect Sports, Dance Marathon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Star Wars, and more. Bring your friends and challenge each other!


Have trouble falling asleep at night? Have a loud roommate? Stop by to pick up your very own Sleep Pack, which includes a pair of ear plugs, an eye mask, some sleepy-time tea, tips, and resources.

Stop by for a quick visit to check your weight and make sure your blood pressure is in a safe range.

Free sexual health resources are available to students. Choose from a variety of condoms, dental dams, and lubricants. Have questions about sexual health? The Health Promotion Specialist or trained REACH Peer Educator can answer your questions!

This short video will help you understand the warning signs and myths about self care and mental health.


Waiting staff should be tipped 15-20% of the total bill, depending on quality of service.

Most restaurants are casual, and allow shorts and tee-shirts. Call the restaurant if you’re not sure about the dress code.

When meeting someone new, make eye contact, smile, and introduce yourself. Many people also shake hands.

Americans feel most comfortable when there are 2 to 4 feet of space between themselves and the person they are speaking with.

Be on time or early for meetings and appointments. Americans like to stick to a schedule.

Americans value good manners—use “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” when appropriate.


ATTENTION USF IS A SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS USF is committed to providing a safe, healthy and enjoyable learning, living and working environment. On January 4, 2016, the USF Tampa Campus became entirely tobacco and smoke free. Smoking and use of tobacco products are not allowed in any indoor or outdoor area, including parking garages, grounds, sidewalks or recreational areas. This policy also includes the use of e-cigarettes.

Policy Highlights  The Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy is enforced by anyone present on USF property (Students, faculty, staff, visitors, etc.).  Smoking, tobacco use, and use of related products is against the rules on all property owned, leased or operated by USF.  Policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors  "Smoking" is defined as (1) inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted type of matter or substance that contains tobacco and all tobacco-derived products.  Policy prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and related devices.  "Tobacco Use" is also prohibited, which includes smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco. Complete policy: Here Campus boundaries map: Here Resources: Here

Respect the Rules. Respect Others. Live with Honor.


GLOSSARY Accelerated Pathway Program: one-semester program in which students take courses in their chosen department and must successfully complete all progression requirements by the end of their first semester in order to be admitted to USF. Add/Drop week: The first week of classes when schedules can be adjusted without penalty. Students in the Pathway Program must meet with their advisor to request schedule changes. Comprehensive Pathway Program: a three-semester program in which students take courses in their chosen department as well as English for Academic Purposes courses. Students must successfully complete all progression requirements by the end of their second semester in order to be admitted to USF. Credit Hour(s): is the unit of measuring the educational credit a student earns, usually based on the number of classroom hours per week. See USF’s policy for credit hours including online courses here. Department: a division of a university devoted to a particular academic discipline. GPA (Grade point average): a student's overall academic performance. A GPA is a conversion of the letter grade to a 4.0 grading score and averaged by the total credits taken. Prerequisite: A required course that must be completed before a student is allowed to enroll in a more advanced one. Progression: Successful completion of the Pathway Program and admission to USF. Progression Requirements: the requirements that students in the Pathway Program must meet in order to be fully admitted to USF. See your Progression Agreement to determine the requirements for your program. Standard Pathway Program: two-semester program in which students take courses in their chosen department as well as English for Academic Purposes courses. Students must successfully complete all progression requirements by the end of their second semester in order to be admitted to USF. Transcript: A certified copy of a student’s educational record containing titles of courses, the number of credits, and the final grades in each course. Withdraw: to formally stop participating in a course or attending a university. Students in the Pathway Program may not withdraw from a course. Withdrawal from the Pathway Program requires a meeting with your Academic Advisor, Immigration Advisor, and the INTO Finance Office.

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