Information for Deposited Undergraduate / First-time Students

Congratulations! Your hard work and dedication have paid off. Now it's time to get ready for this next exciting stage in your life. There's a lot to do before your first day of class, so we've provided some helpful information, resources and deadlines:

  1. Submit Your Housing Deposit (if you haven't done so already) Students interested in living on campus will also need to submit a housing deposit* online. The housing deposit is $200. All unmarried first and second year students under the age of 21 whose permanent address is beyond the 30-mile commuting range are required to reside in University housing for the first two years. 
    * Housing deposits are nonrefundable and will be applied to your bill.
  2. Set Up Your Housing Account  Once you have submitted your housing deposit, check your email in June for information from the Office of Residence Life and Student Life. Specific information regarding setting up your housing account, choosing roommates, and other information will be provided. This email will be sent to the primary email address associated with your University application. Create your housing account and submit your housing preferences by July 1. Students who wish to make a preference for a specific roomate should also follow these instructions by July 1.
  3. Have You Applied for Financial Aid Yet?  If you plan to be considered for need-based aid,  complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Contact the Financial Aid Office to ensure that you have filed all necessary paperwork. Our financial aid counselors will notify you of steps to take to complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.
  4. Submit any Remaining Necessary Documents ASAP  Send any AP, IB, CLEP, and/or any/all official college transcripts and credit information to the Admission Office as soon as they become available to ensure your classes are accurately scheduled.
  5. Complete your Student Health Record  Complete your Student Health Record by August 2, 2019. There are several different Student Health Records, so please be sure you select the correct one.  Visit the Student Health and Counseling Center webpage for more information or call  215-596-8980 with any questions.
  6. Complete the Student Health Insurance Waiver/Enrollment Process Students registered for five or more credits are required to enroll in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students who are able to demonstrate comparable coverage may be able to opt of the SHIP. Visit the Student Health and Counseling Center webpage for more information or call 215-596-8536 with any questions.
  7. Complete the Math and Writing Placements  First-Year Students: You are required to take both a math placement and writing placement exercise.  Check your email in May for more information.  Each placement exercise is due by June 30. Transfer Students:  You will be contacted via email if the math and/or writing placement exercises are necessary.
  8. Commuter Students The university partners with SEPTA for a select number of discounted student commuter passes per semester. Passes are purchased on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Sue Pettus in the university Controller’s Office at 215-596-8912 or for more information. The deadlines for the discounted passes are the beginning of July (fall passes) and the end of November (spring passes).
  9. Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy Students: Review Your Program's Essential Functions / Technical Standards  If you are an Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, or Physical Therapy student, review the Essential Functions/Technical Standards before the semester begins.
  10. Pre-Physician Assistant Students: Complete Required Shadowing or Direct Patient Contact Hours  First year undergraduate students are required to complete 50 hours of shadowing or direct patient contact prior to the first day of classes. Examples of direct patient contact opportunities can be found here.  Use this form to document your hours. 

  11. Attend Orientation Spend two days on campus getting to know your future classmates, learning all about USciences, and having a great time!  2019 Orientation sessions are June 19-20, June 24-25, or June 26-27.  Register for one of the 2019 Orientation sessions.

  12. Show Your School Spirit  Check out the USciences gear at our online spirit store and get yours now!

Important Dates 2019-2020

June 19-20, June 24-25,
or June 26-27
: First-year Orientation
August 23: Move-in Day
August 26: First day of classes

Important Contacts

Admission: 888-996-8747
Financial Aid: 215-596-8894
Residential Life: 215-596-8756
Meal Plans: 215-596-8901
Student Health: 215-596-8980
Student Accounts: 215-596-8860