Where can I study in between classes?
Each academic building has lounges that are open for studying and deeper conversations with fellow students. If you are looking for somewhere quiet, the library is always a good option. North Campus has a large lounge area that is perfect for charging your laptop, studying or catching up on current events. The Cougar Den is also a great spot to study and it’s usually pretty quiet during the day.
Will I lose out academically by not living on campus?
Certainly not! Commuter students have the same access to campus as those who live in the residence halls. Many support services are located conveniently in the Pope John Paul II Center to meet the needs of our commuter students while you are on campus. Clubs and Organizations that are based on academic interest are open to all students, as are the clubs and organizations based on common interest.
How can I get involved on campus?
There are many opportunities for involvement at the University of Saint Francis. As an incoming student, you’ll participate in a Activities Fair during Welcome Weekend, where most clubs and organizations have representatives available to answer questions and provide information. In addition, each club and organization is listed in the Student Handbook, along with contact information for the advisor.
USF provides many activities that are free or low cost as indicated for all students. From Student Activities Council (SAC) events like comedians, games shows and road trips, to intercollegiate home games (regular season home events are free with USF ID), all USF students have opportunities to get involved.
At USF, we believe that the college experience is about the education that takes place in the classroom and the growth that takes place through deeper conversations with the campus community. Involvement on campus is one of the best ways to experience growth and get the most out of your educational experience at USF! Contact the Director of Student Activities if you have questions or need assistance finding the right place to get plugged in to campus life!
Who on campus can help me with my questions?
There are a lot of friendly faces on campus but sometimes it’s hard to know who to ask first to get answers to specific questions. Generally, questions about your academic curriculum or major should be directed to your adviser. Questions about academic assistance including tutoring, test-taking help, writing assistance, etc. should be directed to Student Success and Academic Advising. Questions about internships, practicums, job placement, and résumé and interview preparation should be directed to the Career Outreach Center. Financial questions can be directed to your financial aid counselor or the Business Office, both of which are located in Trinity Hall.
If you still aren’t sure who to talk to, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 260.399.8100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there commuter meal plans available?
Yes. If you eat on campus more than twice a week, you might be interested in one of our commuter meal plans. Three options are available for commuter students to purchase, all of which will save you some money at the cash register.
How can I stay up to date on what is happening on campus?
Communication with students is essential to providing great service! A bi-weekly (opt-out) email is sent to all students identifying upcoming events and activities on campus. We also use My Cougar Connect to post announcements and keep you in the loop regarding security information and upcoming events.
Commuter Services sends a monthly e-Newsletter to your USF email address.