Registration and New Transfer Student Checklist

Take action now to ensure your transition to USD is as smooth as possible.

MySanDiego Portal Transfer Checklist image

Once you have confirmed your enrollment and submitted your deposit through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you are officially a Torero! You need to complete several required steps and important tasks prior to registering for courses and attending the first day of classes.

You can view your personal New Student Checklist and progress in your MySanDiego Portal (as pictured on the right). A general checklist, helpful hints, and relevant resources are included below for your reference.

If you have any questions, please email

All tasks marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed for you to be eligible to register for courses, or sign up for a Transfer Summer Registration Day.


1. Claim your USDOne user account and email address.*

  • Step-by-step directions are available to assist you in claiming your USDOne account. You are encouraged to wait 24 hours before completing the next items on the checklist to ensure your account is active in all USD systems. Be sure to check your USD email regularly for important updates and information. Contact the ITS Help Desk if you need assistance or are having any trouble claiming your USDOne account.

2. Complete the Transfer Student Questionnaire.*

  • The Transfer Student Questionnaire will be available beginning May 1st, 2018. 
  • Log in to your MySanDiego Portal and navigate to your New Student Checklist (located in the Admissions tab) to complete this brief questionnaire. It will allow you to submit your major declaration request and indicate your preferences for the one semester Transfer Learning Community (TLC) course you will be placed in. All transfer students are required to take a TLC course in their first semester to fulfill their First-Year Integration Core Curriculum requirement. Watch for an email confirming that your Transfer Student Questionnaire was received. 
    • In order for us to accurately place you in a TLC course, it is preferred that you submit official transcripts of all the college coursework you have attempted so far sooner, rather than later. For more information, please view section 5 below. 
  • Note: you can only complete this questionnaire once. Email if you need assistance in changing your major selection. 

3. Submit required immunization forms.

  • Log in to your MyWellness portal to complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire, enter the dates of your immunizations, and upload your records. Step-by-step instructions are available to guide you.
  • The Student Health Center will review your submitted documentation for verification typically within 48 hours. You will be notified via secure message if any additional documentation is needed. For questions or concerns regarding your submission, please send a secure message to the Immunization Coordinator. Once all of your requirements are met, your immunization hold will be lifted.
  • Contact the Student Health Center with any questions about immunization requirements.

4. International students only: submit all required documents for the Form I-20.

5. Submit all transcripts and review your transferred courses.

  • If you have not already done so, be sure to submit official transcripts of all the college coursework you have attempted so far. Please remember to submit an official copy that reflects your final spring grades. Official transcripts can be mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions office, or emailed to
    • In order for us to accurately place you in a TLC course, we would prefer to receive your transcripts to be fully evaluated sooner, rather than later.
  • If you have completed coursework at any foreign university, you must submit the transcript for a course-by-course evaluation from WESECE or IERF.
  • Transcripts already received by USD are currently being evaluated to meet core curriculum requirements. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will be able to view your transferred courses in Degree Works, the University's degree audit reporting and academic planning system.
  • Please visit our Transferring College Credits page for more information. Contact our Transfer Analyst, Lynne Stearns, if you have questions about transferring courses to meet core curriculum requirements. 

6. Attend a Transfer Summer Registration Day, if possible, to register for courses.

  • Transfer Summer Registration Days are designed to offer you the opportunity to begin transitioning into the USD experience well before the start of the Fall semester. They are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you have completed the required steps and are eligible to sign up for a Transfer Summer Registration Day, you will receive an email with a link to submit your availability to attend.
    • This year's Summer Registration Days will be offered on June 22nd and July 25th.
  • If you are unable to attend, or we are unable to accommodate you at a Transfer Summer Registration Day, you will register for courses through an alternative process. You will receive an email from your school or college (depending on your major) with instructions on how to request and schedule an academic advising appointment via phone or in person. When you connect with your academic advisor, he or she will answer any questions you have and lift the advisor hold on your account so you can register for courses. 

7. Explore your MySanDiego Portal to:

  • Review and accept your Financial Aid award, if applicable.
    • Contact the One Stop Student Center if you have questions about your financial aid award, bill, or student account. 
  • Complete your on-campus housing application, if applicable. Transfer students starting in the Fall are required to live on campus for at least two semesters, unless they satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
    • 20 years of age or older by September 3rd, 2018
    • at least 60 units of coursework completed prior to USD
    • at least four full-time semesters of consecutive coursework completed prior to USD
  • Contact Residential Life if you have questions about the transfer residency requirement.

8. Learn about Student Wellness resources and complete wellness requirements.

  • Learn more about USD's health insurance requirements, then submit an online form to actively enroll in or waive the USD Health Insurance Plan by September 14th, 2018. Failure to take action by the deadline will result in automatic enrollment, in which case you will be responsible for the health insurance premium for 12 months of coverage, billed to your student account.
  • As part of our commitment to the well-being of our students and the larger USD community, and to remain in compliance with federally mandated requirements (including the Federal Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act), you are required to complete an online prevention based education course. 
    • For instructions, deadlines, and more information about this course requirement, please visit the New Student Education website.
    • A $250 noncompliance fee will be assessed to students who do not fully comply with the course requirements by the deadlines.
  • If you have an on-going psychological or physical health condition, need regular access to prescription medication, or have a documented disability requesting accommodation, please contact the appropriate Wellness unit prior to arriving on campus. 

9. Confirm your attendance and participate in Transfer Fall Orientation.

  • All new transfer students are expected to attend Transfer Fall Orientation on September 2nd-3rd, 2018. Resident transfer students will move in on Saturday, September 1st, 2018. There is no cost for this program for incoming USD students.
  • Log in to your MySanDiego Portal and navigate to the Announcements tab to register yourself by August 25th, 2018. Your parents, family members or guests are invited to attend a separate Parent and Family Orientation, offered through the Office of Parent and Family Relations.