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Camp Who? CampU!

CampU is a 3-day, 2-night off-campus experience that will prepare you for your first-year at the University of South Florida! During CampU, you will have the opportunity to build new friendships with other new students, learn all about USF history and traditions, explore your personal strengths, and discover ways to get involved on campus. Join New Student Connections for the adventure of a lifetime, and discover what it means to be a part of the Bull family!

Information on CampU 2016 Coming Soon!


Why should I attend CampU?


CampU is filled with fun, interactive, and social activities

rooted in the 4 pillars of the program:


The purpose of CampU is to provide you with the opportunity to establish meaningful friendships, discover USF history and traditions, explore personal strengths,

and develop a sense of purpose.

At CampU, you will:

  • Race to victory in the 1956 Olympics while learning USF history and traditions
  • Be sorted into a Spirit Team and learn chants rooted in CampU's legacy
  • Play volleyball in the sand and canoe with friends on the Manatee River
  • Make s'mores around the campfire after sundown
  • Make connections with your peers, current USF students, and staff members
  • Gain greater confidence in your ability to excel at USF
  • Enhance your Bull spirit and USF pride
  • Explore your natural talents, skills, and strengths
  • Discover what it means to be a leader at USF
  • Advance your understanding of diversity at USF, and globally


A sample of CampU activities can be found here.

New Bulls LOVED CampU 2014 -- click here to see what they had to say about experiencing this USF tradition,

and check out our CampU videos and photos.


Check out Gabriel's story here from the Alumni Magazine!




When and where is CampU held?

CampU takes place before classes begin in August on the following dates:

August 16-18, 2015*

The preferred location for CampU is the DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton, FL. Hosting CampU at an off-site location provides students with an exciting, intimate experience. All participants, staff and CampU Counselors travel to CampU together.Transportation is provided by New Student Connections and included in the registration fee.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, only one session of CampU will be offered in 2015.

How much does CampU cost?

Registration Fee:

The $150 non-refundable registration fee covers a student's cost for the entire CampU experience. To ensure we can offer the lowest price possible, we can only accept registration with payment. Students will not be able to reserve a spot until payment is received. Click here for a list of what the registration fee includes.

Financial Assistance:

Through the generosity of the USF community, there are a limited number of financial assistance opportunities available to students who wish to attend CampU. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is Friday, June 19, 2015. Students who receive financial assistance will be notified the week of June 29th. Please note: We can only accept registration with payment. You will not be able to reserve your spot until payment is received, or financial assistance is awarded. For more information on how to apply, please visit the USF Alumni Association website, or contact Tyrone Gray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (813) 974-1936.

I'm Ready to Go! How Do I Sign Up?!

Registration for CampU 2015 will open on May 1, 2015. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited space is available, so students should not delay!


Important Registration Notice: The following pre-arrival programs conflict with CampU: Summer ACE Program, STEM Academy, Engineering Start Smart, and Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Unfortunately, students who are registered to attend those programs will not be eligible to attend CampU.

Out-of-State students who will be attending Orientation on August 17-18 will not be able to register for CampU. Out-of State students attending any other Orientation session will be able to attend. If you would like to register for CampU and are an out of state student, please register for a June or July orientation session.


To receive regular updates leading up to registration,

complete our Pre-Registration Interest Survey here!


I'm Registered for CampU! Now What?

After registering, participants will receive an e-mail that includes details about their next steps in the CampU journey. This will include information about:

  • What to expect
  • Departure and return information
  • Residence hall move-in details
  • Commuter student information
  • Locations and directions for parking
  • What to bring
  • Travel forms
  • Instructions to complete the StrengthsQuest Inventory


In the mean time, join the NSC Facebook page

to start connecting with fellow campers right away!

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the CampU 2015 Frequently Asked Questions here. If you have additional questions, or cannot find the answer you are looking for, please contact Tura Magley at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at or (813) 974-5315.


Support the Program - Donate to CampU!

By making a donation to CampU, you are supporting a student's successful transition to USF. Your donation could provide financial assistance

to send a new student to CampU!

If you are interested in donating to CampU, please follow these steps:

1) Click here to open a new window.

2) Type 590072 and click "Search."

3) Check the box and click "Proceed to Checkout."

4) Enter your gift amount, then click "Proceed to Payment" to complete your donation.

Thank you in advance from the NSC Family, and all of our students. We appreciate your generosity and support more than you can imagine!


Thank You to Our Sponsors!




CampU is a partnership between New Student Connections,

the USF Alumni Association, and Student Government.