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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. 

Refer to the checklist below and browse frequently asked questions.

  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, you can create your housing account and submit your housing preferences. Students who complete their housing account and create a roommate group with a preferred specific roommate by June 1 will receive a housing assignment by no later than June 15.  All students must complete the housing account and make roommate selections or create a roommate profile (if desired) by July 1 and housing assignments will be provided by no later than July 15.
    Students who wish to make a preference for a specific roommate should also follow these instructions.
    - Students who wish to set up a roommate profile and search for other individuals based on a variety of filterable criteria (such as lifestyle preferences and major) should follow these instructions. The process is quick and you are able to easily turn your profile on and off with just one click.
    - Don’t have a preferred roommate? Residence Life will match you with a roommate based on your lifestyle preference.

  3. Commuter Students 
    If you plan to take public transportation: 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. To obtain a SEPTA commuter pass, you will need to obtain a SEPTA Key Card (if you do not already have one) and register your card online. You will find details about where you can obtain a Key Card here. Record your Card Reference ID, which you will need to load your semester pass onto your card.  Please email Rodney Banks for more information by early August for fall passes and early January for spring passes.
    If you plan to drive: The University offers parking permits for commuter students on a first come, first served basis for an annual fee.  Please email Terry Reilly starting in early July to apply for a parking permit.

  4. Dining Services  Learn more about campus meal plan options.
  5. 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.

    If you have been awarded an outside scholarship, provide proof of the award and amount to the student accounts team at and have checks/payments made payable to University of the Sciences.  Outside scholarship funding should be sent to the cashier's office:

    University of the Sciences
    Cashier's Office
    600 South 43rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

  6. Submit any Remaining Necessary Documents ASAP Send your final high school transcript and any AP, IB, and CLEP scores, 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. Materials can be sent electronically or via mail to:

    University of the Sciences
    Admission Office
    600 South 43rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

  7. Attend Orientation Orientation is your best opportunity to become familiar with USciences and your future classmates. Registration is open for Summer 2021 Orientation. Learn more about on-campus and virtual sessions. 
  8. Upload Your ID Card Photo Follow the instructions to upload a photo for your ID card and student portal. You will gain access to your student portal in late-June (check your email for additional information). If you have any questions, please email Terry Reilly.
  9. Complete your Student Health Record  Complete your Student Health Record by August 6, 2021. 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 215-596-7133 or 215-596-8980 with any questions.
  10. Complete the Student Health Insurance Waiver/Enrollment Process Undergraduate students registered for six or more credits and graduate 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 out of the SHIP. Visit the Student Health Insurance webpage for more information or call First Risk Advisors, 267-880-2300 with any questions.
  11. Complete the Math Placement First-year students are required to take a math placement.  Check your email in May for more information. The placement exercise is due by June 30.
  12. Review the University's computing requirements Review the computing requirements for the university community.  For questions, reach out to the Information Technology department at
  13. Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy Students: Review Your Program's Essential Functions / Technical Standards  If you are a Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, or Physical Therapy student, review the Essential Functions/Technical Standards before the semester begins.
  14. 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. 

  15. Students with Disabilities: USciences supports the educational endeavors of all students, including students with disabilities. ADA defines a disability as a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you have a disability and would like more information about how to request accommodations (i.e. academic, housing, dining, clinical, etc.), please contact the Program Coordinator of Student Accommodations who serves as 504 Coordinator at 215-596-8758 or
  16. Show Your School Spirit  Check out the USciences gear at our online spirit store and get yours now!

For students entering into or considering pursuing certain healthcare programs:

Students offered admission and who are considering pursuing certain healthcare related careers must be aware that a positive criminal background check could lead to an inability to participate with field experience sites, not graduating on time, dismissal from the program, and/or an inability to become licensed in some healthcare or healthcare related professions.

Important Dates 2021-2022

May 1: Priority Enrollment deadline
August 26: Move in Day 
: First day of classes

Important Contacts

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