FAQs

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 a great option. Be sure to check out the commuter lounge in the lower level of JPII! The Cougar Den is a great spot to study and enjoy a cup of coffee, and Campus Ministry has lounges and kitchen space available for all students to use.

Commuter FAQ

Will I lose out academically by not living on campus?

Certainly not! Non-residential students have the same access to campus as those who live in the residence halls. Many support resources are located conveniently in the Pope John Paul II Center to meet the needs of our commuter and off-campus students while they 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.  All new students participate in a Activities Fair during Welcome Weekend, where most clubs and organizations have representatives available to answer questions and provide information.

USF provides many activities that are free or low cost as indicated for all students. Student Activities Council (SAC) hosts a variety of events, from 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. Check out sf.presence.io or download the Cougar Life app on your phone for an up-to-date look at what is happening on campus!

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 academic curriculum or major should be directed to a student’s academic advisor. 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 Financial Aid counselors 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 commuter@sf.edu.

Are there commuter meal plans available?

Yes. If you eat on campus more than twice a week, you might be interested in a meal plan for non-residential students. Contact the Office of Student Affairs or the Business Office for more information.

How can I stay up to date on what is happening on campus?

Communication with students is essential to providing great service! Cougar Life provides students with information about events and opportunities on campus.  Be sure to download the app!

Commuter & Off Campus Services sends a monthly e-Newsletter to student’s USF email addresses.

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