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Helpful Dates for Out-of-State Students

August

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Wyoming

September

2 - Beyond California Community Welcome

13 - Mass of the Holy Spirit

16 - Begin booking flights home for Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks

October

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Louisiana

19 - Fall Holiday

November

6 - Vote in nation-wide Midterm Elections

21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December

January

21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

31 - All-Faith Service

February

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Texas

7 - Begin booking flights for Spring Break, Easter Break, and/or End-of-the-Year move out

March

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Illinois

1-4 - Begin packing things to take home over Spring Break (this will make end of the year move-out much easier!)

4-8 - Spring Break

April

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

18-22 - Easter Break

May

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia

26 - Graduation Commencement Ceremonies

June

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah

July

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

Creating a Plan for Homesickness

Being away from home for an extended period of time commonly causes feelings of homesickness. The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion has created a list of ways to manage these feelings and serves as a resource for more pressing concerns.

Driving

While drivers licenses from other states are accepted for driving purposes, students from beyond California may want to consult the California Driver Handbook to ensure that you are aware of California's driving laws.

Getting Connected on Campus

This resource is currently being developed. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit Student Involvement!

Get Connected with OOS Students/Faculty/Staff List

USD has a growing number of faculty, staff, and student leaders who are from states beyond California. If you would like to get connected with one of them, please visit our Out-of-State Ambassadors page or our Out-of-State Student Leader, Faculty, and Staff List.

Get Involved Off-Campus

San Diego is a large, bustling city that offers a multitude of opportunities to engage with the wider San Diego community. Below are some opportunities that we encourage you to explore!

Identity-Related Support

As you progress through your journey as a USD student, you may desire resources that are specific to one or more of your identities as a person. Here are some of the centers and offices where you can find dedicated resources!

Resources for Being in San Diego During Breaks

Sometimes, students from beyond California are unable to return to their home state during Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, and/or Spring Breaks. Below are some options that you can explore to facilitate an easier stay in San Diego.

Voting

While you are a student in California, you may want to continue voting in your home state or city's elections. Voting absentee can be done either via mail or in person. Alternatively, you may elect to re-register as a voter in California. For more information, please visit either USD Votes or USA.gov.