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Student Life

In view of USD’s mission to develop the whole person and understanding that learning takes place in a variety of educational contexts, the Department of Student Life offers numerous opportunities for students to become actively engaged in student life. The department also partners with faculty and staff from other areas in an effort to link cognitive understanding with practiparal experiences that facilitate personal maturity, interpersonal effectiveness, and ethical leadership.

Student Government and Activities

(The Associated Students began a complete restructuring in the spring of 2010. Please go to the Associated Students web site for the most current information.)

All undergraduate students belong to the Associated Students of USD, a self-governing group acting under the authority given by its approved Associated Students Constitution. Officers of the Associated Students (AS) and members of its governing board are elected or appointed by the students. Under their leadership, the students plan and manage student events and funds. Through participation on several faculty and faculty-administration committees, students share in decisions on university affairs.

The Associated Students has a governance and programming function for the undergraduate student body. The Associated Students Leadership Team is comprised of a president, vice president, chairs, and directors. The Student Senate is composed of a Speaker, Parliamentarian, Speaker Pro-Tem, and Senators (Academic and Residential). The Torero Programming Board is charged with coordinating all of the events and programs sponsored by AS. AS works on solving student issues, financially supports several campus services, facilitates communication between student organizations, and serves as the official student voice to administration.

The Associated Students have the following branches: finance, communication, vice president (academics/student organizations), senate, and Torero Programming Board.


The Finance Committee of AS determines the allocation of the Student Activity Fee. Associated Students oversees an annual budget, Torero Programming Board, Center Funding, and AS Budget Committee.

Vice President (Academics & Student Organizations)

Associated Students serves as advocates with regard to all academic and student organization matters. The team works on academic issues, honor council, and student organizations concerns/issues.


This area provides marketing/communication for all Associated Students issues and information gathering. This area coordinates marketing and communication, community relations, and collection of data/surveying.

Student Senate

Student Senate has four standing committees: Academics, Student Organizations, Student Life, and Inclusion & Diversity. The Senate addresses and works on student issues and concerns. Through the committees and Senate, AS works with campus departments, other campuses, and local/state agencies. The Senate has the power to recognize student organizations, approve funding, pass resolutions, and provide approval on changes in process.

Torero Programming Board

This area coordinates a variety of programs for the student body including concerts, lectures, films, showcase, special events, multicultural, and the arts. The Torero Programming Board is lead by the TPB Chair. This board receives funding from the Student Activity Fee.

Associated Students Committees

AS Budget Committee

The Associated Students Budget Committee consists of individuals who meet on a regular basis to decide the allocation of funds to USD’s various clubs and organizations. The committee allocates resources to clubs and organizations providing services/events to the entire student body.

AS Senate Committees

The AS Senate Committees are Academics, Inclusion & Diversity, Student Life, and Student Organizations. Elected Senators are the committee members and chairs for these four committees.


The Elections Committee is involved in helping to organize elections, enforcing campaign policies, and managing voting on campus.

Traffic Court

Responsibilities for this committee include conducting the student court that deals with parking violations and appeals.

AS Directors


The Director of Academics is responsible for coordinating honor council, academic issues, and representing AS in academic affairs.


The Director of Elections is responsible for coordinating voter registration, homecoming elections, senator elections, and spring elections.

Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff is responsible for coordinating all operations, arrangements, and minutes of AS meetings and offices.

Strategic Information

The Director of Strategic Information is responsible for coordinating communication of student issues, AS promotions, and information gathering.


The Web director is responsible for overseeing online forms, education, networking, web, and applications for AS.


The controller is responsible for overseeing the AS budget and creating check requests working in conjunction with the finance chair.


The historian is responsible for recording the history of Associated Students through video, pictures, news clippings, and written documentation.

AS Funded Centers (allocations from the Student Activity Fee)


The Center for Awareness, Service, and Action is responsible for outreach and service to the San Diego community. Numerous ongoing projects link service with learning about social issues. Activities include working with the homeless, senior citizens, and youth.

CASA Social Issues

This committee is responsible for planning events addressing social issues and coordinating the university’s annual Social Issues Conference.

Creative Zone

The Creative Zone is a marketing resource center for all registered student organizations and departments. The ccreative zone offers copying, poster making, design services, and teambuilding resources.

United Front Multicultural Center

The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) engages the USD community in exploring and affirming the unique identity of each person. The center fosters an environment where student leaders feel empowered to become change agents for social justice and builds relationships with faculty, staff and students to develop a foundation that honors and values diversity. The center serves as an educational resource, working to contest the dominance of prejudice and intolerance. AS provides financial support for programming produced by the Center.

USDtv and USD Radio

The Associated Students provides funding for the operations/programming of USDtv and USD Radio.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center supports intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, and cultural development. Its programs facilitate personal transformation and inspire both women and men to unlock ambition and skills to achieve personal power. The Women’s Center promotes women’s dignity and well-being and the belief that communities are enriched by diverse points of view.

Torero Programming Board (TPD)

TPD Chair

The Programming Board Chair is responsible and accountable for providing leadership in the development of a well-balanced and successful program of cultural, educational, recreational and social programs suited to the needs and interests of the entire USD student body.

Vice Chair of Operations

The vice chair is responsible for ensuring that the operation of the entire organization is completed in an organized and professional manner. The vice chair maintains all official TPB documents, organizes the membership tracking database, monitors the use of all TPB budgets, prepares agendas, reports and minutes for all TPB and ensures that all programming committees are producing the best programs possible in an effective and professional manner.

Director of Community and Environmental Health

The Director of Community and Environmental Health is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program supporting the student health and environmental health of USD. These events include current health issues (flu, stress, HIV education, alcohol) and environmental health (sustainability, Earth Week).

Director of Center Stage

The Director of Center Stage is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program of concerts and other related events (comedy).

Director of Torero Weekends

The Director of Torero Weekends is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program for weekend programming. Programs could include films, gaming, concerts and other programs that support weekend life at USD.

Director of Traditions

The Director of Traditions is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program of events during homecoming and other all campus traditional events suited to the needs and interests of the entire USD student body.

Director of Lectures

The Director of Lectures is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program of lectures, local speakers, debates, and discussions.

Director of Intercultural

The Director of Intercultural is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program around Intercultural/Multicultural Life at USD. These activities should include supporting theme months/weeks, Privilege and Identity, Hate Crimes Awareness, March of the Toreros and University of Diversity Week.

Director of Torero Spirit

The Director of Torero Spirit is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program supporting Torero Athletics and Sports Clubs.

Director of Special Events

The Director of Special Events coordinates class specific programming, novelty activities, and other special events.

Director of Arts

The Director of Arts is responsible and accountable for developing a well-balanced and successful program of visual art exhibits, publications, theatre shows, competitions and other related events suited to the needs and interests of the entire USD student body.

Class Programmers

The Underclassman Director is responsible for planning and coordinating events pertaining to the freshmen and sophomore undergraduate classes. The upperclassman director is responsible for planning and coordinating events pertaining to the junior and senior undergraduate classes.

Director of Spotlight

Responsible for contacting agents and bands for small to medium sized concerts on the USD campus, working to bring a musically diverse range of programming to the USD campus.

Undergraduate Student Organizations

The following is a list of registered undergraduate student organizations as of Spring 2010. New organizations are always being formed. For more information about a specific organization or to express interest in joining, contact the Student Leadership and Involvement Center, Student Life Pavilion, Level 3, at (619) 260-4802.

Academic and Honor / Professional Organizations

Accounting Society aims to help students learn about the various aspects of the Financial Information profession through activities and involvement with professionals, faculty, and peers.

Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, is dedicated to the ideal of “investigating humanity for the purpose of service.” Its goal is to promote human welfare through the association of a group interested in developing scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a coeducational business fraternity that aims to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounting, and finance.

American Humanics provides speakers, field trips, and seminars aimed at students interested in leadership careers in human service organizations.

American Medical Students Association is a nation-wide, student run association of active pre-medical students committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) represents the USD student body to the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Board and aims to spread the word about fun contests, interesting conferences and build connections between the current and past students in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Anthropology Club seeks to bring together students interested in the many diverse fields of anthropology.

Beta Alpha Psi is a coeducational accounting fraternity that provides members with opportunities for academic, professional, and personal development in the fields of accounting and finance.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities and to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce.

Entrepreneurship Club is committed to bringing together USD students, entrepreneurs, alumni, and faculty with the hopes of building relationships and fostering an interactive learning environment to explore the world of entrepreneurship.

Ethnic Studies Student Organization is designed to celebrate issues of diversity and to contribute to the learning of diversity throughout campus.

Finance Club facilitates insightful discussion through enriching activities and encourages networking and interaction between students and faculty in the School of Business Administration to gain knowledge in finance and other related fields.

Honors Student Board is the leadership body of the honors program, which is designed to provide students with superior ability and accomplishment with challenges and opportunities that will allow them to realize their potential more fully.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a scientific and educational organization directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications and computer engineering.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) promotes the profession of industrial engineering through organized efforts in study, research and discussion and the dissemination of knowledge thereby gained.

Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society of the National Communication Association. It exists to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies while promoting professional development.

Marketing Club is dedicated to the vast world of marketing in its opportunities. You can expect many projects, professional speakers, networking opportunities and connections for internships.

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) aims to recruit and retain minority students in higher education by providing underrepresented pre-health students with knowledge, skills and experience that are prerequisite and concomitant to participation in health care careers.

Model United Nations helps members develop an understanding and appreciation of the structure and functions of the United Nations by infusing members with the skills to study comparative politics and international relations and how they relate to public policy on the international stage.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Members represent the top scholars and leaders on USD’s campus.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is the nation’s premiere honor organization for high-achieving students whose activities include leadership development, service programs, and more.

Phi Alpha Delta is an international law fraternity whose purpose is to form strong bond uniting students and teachers with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law.

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Phi Delta Epsilon is the largest and only International professional medical fraternity whose benefits include: community service, leadership development, doctor shadowing, MCAT prep-course discount, professional interaction and networking, and many other things to make you the best candidate possible for medical school.

Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honor society aimed “to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.”

Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Psychology Club is available to stimulate, encourage, and maintain the social, academic, and professional growth of students interested in the field of psychology.

Psychology Journal Club is committed to learning about current research in psychology and related fields through reading, presenting and discussing journal articles.

RX for Success serves undergraduate students pursuing a pharmacy-related career through guest speakers, various events, and informational meetings.

Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, is a community of leaders dedicated to creating lasting positive change and a community where like minded success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society that promotes interest in literature and the English language.

Student International Business Council (SIBC) is a leadership training organization committed to promoting social responsibility in today’s global business community. Their student motto is “Peace through Commerce.”

Supply Chain Management Association organizes tours to world-class facilities and opportunities for interacting with industry and professional organizations.

Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, recognizes outstanding scholarship in theological and religious studies and supports further study of these subjects.

USD Ad Club focuses on spreading interest in and expanding knowledge of the advertising profession while encompassing aspects of marketing and communication.

USD Chemistry Club invites a community of aspiring chemists and biochemists at USD to promote science outside of the community, scientific and non-scientific, through outreach activities.

USD Debate Club is designed for any student interested in learning about competitive debate or who just enjoys debating in general.

USD Dental Club prepares, assists and educates students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry by providing leadership and community service opportunities in a cooperative and positive environment.

USD German Club seeks to create a group where all students interested in German can meet.

USD Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Club helps support students to achieve goals in the health career of their choice, focusing on physical therapy or occupational therapy careers.

Multicultural Organizations

The United Front Multicultural Center was established in 1997 to promote the goals and objectives of a coalition of student organizations, known collectively as the United Front. The objective of the United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) is to contribute to the creation of a campus environment which respects and supports diversity and inclusion. The UFMC aids in developing a campus community that is culturally diverse and responsive to changes in local, regional, and national demographics. The center provides programs (e.g. celebrations of various history/heritage months, observances of international holidays, cultural performances) and trainings that address issues of diversity. Ultimately, the UFMC serves as an educational resource for the university. For example, the Rainbow Educators aim to help the university move toward greater awareness, knowledge, and inclusion of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. All in all, the UFMC continuously works to contest the dominance of prejudices and “-isms” at USD.

AIESEC is the largest student organization in the world fostering international cooperation and understanding with an overriding commitment to the local community.

Association of Chicana Activists promotes the recruitment and retention of Chicanas/Latinas in higher education. It is a group that promotes leadership development and community service.

BSU: Brothers and Sisters United, formally Black Student Union, promotes the recruitment and retention of African-Americans in higher education. It is a group that promotes leadership development and community service.

Chaldean American Student Association unites all Chaldean students, alumni and/or faculty at USD by building awareness of the Chaldean culture on campus.

Filipino “Ugnayan” Student Organization is aimed at promoting and preserving Filipino American heritage and provides educational programs that address these issues.

Indian Student Association is an organization whose main goal is to spread knowledge and awareness about the Indian culture.

International Student Organization is aimed at promoting the international student experience and perspectives through educational programs.

Jewish Student Union promotes Jewish faith and educational programs.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA) promotes the recruitment, retention, and education of Chicana/o and Latina/o students, and promotes leadership development and community service.

Native American Student Organization serves Native American students and addresses Indigenous issues on campus.

People of the Islands, formally Aikane O’Hawai’i, promotes and perpetuates Pacific Islander culture and spirit on campus with an overriding commitment to the local community.

PRIDE offers friendship, alliance, and mutual assistance to undergraduate men and women who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and to any undergraduate ally.

Taiwan Student Association aims to help new students and foster Taiwanese cultural exchange.

Greek Life

Fraternities and Sororities

All of the following Greek-letter organizations offer lifelong friendships, activities in support of academic excellence in all major fields, opportunities for community service, campus involvement, networking with alumni/ae, and social activities. Students are eligible for membership after completing one semester at USD (unless transferring in with 24 or more units of college credit). The women’s groups are coordinated by the Panhellenic Council, and the men’s groups are coordinated by the Interfraternity Council (IFC). In addition, the nationally-recognized Order of Omega honors men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-Greek activities.

International Women’s Fraternities/Sororities

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

Men’s Fraternities

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

Recreational and Sports Clubs

  • Club Baseball
  • Club Waterski
  • DanceSport
  • Dive Club
  • Equestrian
  • Kiteboarding
  • Men’s Club Soccer
  • Men’s Club Volleyball
  • Men’s Club Water Polo
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Men’s Rugby
  • Paintball
  • Roller Hockey
  • Surf
  • Tango
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • USD Club Tennis
  • USD Dance Company
  • Women’s Club Soccer
  • Women’s Club Volleyball
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Rugby

Religious Affiliated Organizations

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is a forum to bring together Christians and non-Christians alike through Bible studies, outreach, and social events.

Students For Life aims to protect the sanctity of life in all of its forms through prayer and service, as well as to raise awareness of life issues.

Special Interest Organizations

Alcalá Club is a service organization of men and women who work with the President of USD as official representatives of the university.

Ambassadors Club is a student organization sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions whose members provide campus tours for prospective USD students and help with college fairs.

ASTRA is a volunteer organization sponsored by San Diego’s Altrusa Club as part of their program for community service.

Basement Society is a student organization made to promote the arts in the university and give the students and teachers a place to express themselves.

Best Buddies is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendships and integrated employment.

College Republicans is an organization for students who support the Republican Party.

Commuter, LEAD and EOP Club (CLE) provides the students in the Commuter Program, LEAD@USD Program, and Educational Opportunities Program a club where they can feel a sense of connection with other USD clubs and organizations.

Founders Club preserves the spirit of the founders of USD — the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Diocese of San Diego.

French Club provides an organization for students interested in French culture and language to come together.

Good Odds Improv meets to practice the skill of improvisational comedy as a form of entertainment.

Invisible Children is a non-profit organization created to provide an effective way to respond to the situation in Northern Uganda.

Net Impact Undergrad improves the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.

Outdoor Club, formally USD Outing Guide Club, is a community of people who share interest in outdoor activities of any sort.

RHA (Residence Hall Association) is an organization that aims to improve campus life for residents.

STAND is an international student anti-genocide coalition that organizes to prevent and stop genocide whenever and wherever it may occur.

S.T.E.P., Student Technology Exchange Program, works for social justice by equipping the under served with the tools for success in the 21st century.

Student Alumni Association (SAA) connects alumni and students, uniting USD’s past with its future.

Students for Greener Solutions (SGS) focuses on influencing, implementing and exporting greener policies on campus and in the San Diego community.

Students for Justice in Palestine is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members organized according to democratic principles in order to raise awareness, promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian People.

The Frontline is an organization dedicated to creating passion and support amongst the student body for USD basketball.

The Transfer Student Organization (TSO) eases the transition of undergraduate transfer students into USD by fostering social integration between transfer students and returning students, creating awareness of the transfer student population, and advocating on behalf of transfer student issues.

TOMS Club spreads awareness of the TOMS story, that by using the purchasing power of individuals, everyone can help the greater good of children in need.

Toreros for Truth raises awareness as to the real and pressing social issues of September 11th, especially issues that do not garner much media attention.

T.R.E.E. (Totally Rad Environmental Enthusiasts) unites a collective student body to implement change and arouse awareness for sustainability both on campus, in surrounding communities, and in the world at large.

Trio Alumni Association assists and supports USD Upward Bound/Kearny High School alumni who are now in college, USD Student Support Services, and McNair students in their efforts of achieving a postsecondary degree.

University of San Diego Study Abroad Ambassadors Club, in association with the Office of International Studies at USD, aims to further promote knowledge and interest among the student body in the study abroad programs offered.

USD A Cappella Club provides students an opportunity to learn and perform a cappella music (music without instruments).

USD Amnesty International is part of a worldwide movement in the defense of human rights. It consists of students, faculty and administrators who advocate for and stand up for humanity.

USD Critical Reading Group is a group for students to discuss different texts, ranging everywhere from Foucault to Nietzche.

USD Red Cross Club provides Red Cross services to the local community and USD students. It consists of students delivering these services in accordance with the American Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Young Americans for Liberty advocates smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom. Additionally its members stand for fiscal responsibility, free markets and personal freedom.

Young Democrats serves as a forum to discuss political issues within a liberal context and provides opportunities to get involved in local, state and national level politics.

Hahn University Center

Monday – Sunday
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Auxiliary Services Administrative Office

UC, Room 137
(619) 260-8880
Here you will find the offices and support staff for the auxiliary services executive director, director of marketing and director of dining. Auxiliary services includes hospitality, dining, bookstore, campus card and Zipcar services.

Campus Card Services

UC, Room 127
(619) 260-5999
See page 25 for detailed information.

Center For Awareness, Service And Action

UC, Room 113
(619) 260-4206
The Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) remains in its same location. The Center increases awareness of the local and global community through expanding and enriching service learning opportunities. The Center promotes cultural awareness and social consciousness. The Center makes a difference by providing outreach opportunities and making lasting connections between USD and the community. The Center also advocates social justice and the promotion of basic human rights through education, service and promoting inclusion.

Center For Health And Wellness Promotion

UC, Room 161
(619) 260-4618
See page 26 for detailed information.

Center for Inclusion and Diversity

UC, Room 225
The purpose of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity is to advise on issues, policies and practices that affect the USD’s commitment to inclusion and diversity and to promote awareness and discussion by forming collaborative relationships across campus through forums, events, and initiatives.

Center For Student Success

UC, Room 114
(619) 260-5995
The Center for Student Success (CSS) works in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Advising and Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences to lead the university’s efforts on undergraduate student retention, First Year Experience, and Second Year Experience.

The CSS combines the staff and operations of the former Office of Student Learning Initiatives and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The following programs, services, and activities are offered through the CSS:

  • series of workshops to promote student success
  • Lead@USD program (transitioned from EOP) student success planning and peer advising for students who are referred to the office, receive mid-term deficiency notices, or are placed on scholastic probation
  • incoming commuter student support
  • MAP-Works retention system
  • student assessment (various national and campus-specific studies exploring topics such as retention, satisfaction, and student experiences)
  • student leadership and development transcript
  • undergraduate leaves of absence and withdrawal
  • general resource referral support for students, parents, faculty, and staff.


Lead@USD provides leadership development, academic advising, and personal support for first-generation, historically underrepresented, and/or low-income students to ensure their success as university students.

Students in Lead@USD are supported by peer mentors, one-on-one meetings with the program director, and a seminar that helps them develop beneficial academic habits and become aware of campus resources. As students secure academic success, they engage in a leadership curriculum that promotes self awareness and assists them in attaining their leadership goals in an array of venues including academic research, campus leadership, community service, government and nonprofits. During the four years that students participate in Lead, the program progressively supports and challenges them in ways that are appropriate to their changing needs as incoming freshmen, returning sophomores, and as juniors and seniors preparing for careers and graduate school.

Students are invited to participate in Lead during the admissions process. Incoming first-generation, historically underrepresented, and/or low-income students who are committed to academic excellence and their development as leaders are encouraged to ask their admissions counselor about Lead@USD.

Incoming Commuter Program

Incoming freshmen and transfer commuter students are provided resources and support to provide a home away from home on the USD campus. The commuter lounge in UC 119 provides a full kitchen, computers, day-use lockers, and a community of students and staff committed to the inclusion of commuters. Incoming commuter students are assisted in meeting people and making friends, building community, and utilizing the many resources of the USD campus. A learning community facilitated by University Ministry and social programming coordinated by the commuter program staff make it easy for students to develop connections within the USD community.

Exhibit Hall

UC, Room 282
The Exhibit Hall provides a space for educational, promotional and artistic exhibits. Stop by to view student art exhibits, traveling exhibits and other USD promotions! The exhibit hall is open to all student organizations and university departments for promotions and exhibits.

Experiential Learning and Adventure Center

UC, Room 136
(619) 260-4709
The Experiential Learning and Adventure Center offers services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a reduced price, encouraging self-growth and self-expression. The ELAC Trips Program offers outings such as surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, backpacking, hiking, and outdoor cooking, as well as a rental and retail area for people interested in planning a personal outing. Another popular program is the Customized Trip Program where private outings for groups are planned based on their specific requests. The R.E.A.C.H.-Teambuilding Program creates individual programs for groups that would like to enhance their communication skills, problem-solving abilities, group or self-awareness, or just have fun doing activities such as a low or high element challenge course. A new program, Eco-LEEP, offers an interactive agenda that allows participants the opportunity to understand and incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday life. The Experiential Learning and Adventure Center offers guide development and facilitator training programs where students are able to step beyond their everyday limits and learn how to lead trips and facilitate group programs; an Outdoor RLC where likeminded students can bond and participate in various outdoor activities together; and an Orientation Adventure Freshmen wilderness program that allows new students the opportunity to meet their peers in the great outdoors before the start of school.

La Gran Terraza

Main Level
(619) 849-8205
La Gran Terraza encompasses three unique dining options: O’Tooles (a lounge), Grand Dining Room, and The Terrace. La Gran Terraza will be open from Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner and Sundays for brunch. In addition to expanded space and hours, this location features many special events- faculty roundtables, department social events — as well as food and wine pairings, and festive holiday events.

Office Of Student Affairs

UC, Room 232
(619) 260-4588
The Offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Assistant Vice President, Dean and Associate Dean of Students, and the Student Affairs Director of Resource Management are located here. Student Affairs has overall responsibility for residential life, student government, student activities and student organizations, multicultural and women’s centers, health and wellness, recreation and fitness, student conduct and student support services.

Office of the Assistant Dean of Students

UC, Room 132
(619) 260-4590
Located across from the Experiential Learning and Adventure Center, the office of the Assistant Dean of Students serves three primary purposes: coordination of Torero Days and Spring Orientation programs; meeting with students who may have violated the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities; and advising for both the Graduate/Law Student Life program and The Vista student newspaper.

One Stop Student Center

UC, Room 126
(619) 260-2700
The One Stop Student Center (OSSC) provides specially trained counselors to help students manage all business transactions dealing with financial aid, student accounts, and registration in one location. The One Stop team eliminates the need for students to travel between offices by serving students in one visit. For office hours, location, and other information, go to

Additionally, the OSSC maintains the One Stop Services tab on the MySanDiego portal which is designed to accommodate routine business transactions on the Web 24 hours a day from any personal computer at any location. Web transactions are conducted via your MySanDiego account and can be accessed from either the One Stop Web page, or the USD home page.

  • Examples of services available:
  • register for classes
  • add/drop classes
  • view/print schedule
  • request and pay for transcripts
  • make payments
  • check your financial aid
  • check grades
  • review degree audit plus much more.

The One Stop team is committed to providing state-of-the-art services for USD students and is anxious to serve you. They are also available by e-mail at For other general information, please go to

Tech Support Center

UC, Room 117
(619) 260-7900
The Tech Support Center (TSC) offers computer support, troubleshooting, and repairs to USD’s employees and students. The TSC is also the place to come for support for the USD wireless network. The TSC also provides Web e-mail services and student portal access through

Torero Computing Lounge

UC, Room 280
Convenience and accessibility are the hallmarks of this new space. This lounge features Mac and PC stations, a pay for print station and quick access to the Internet.

UC Forums

Forums A and B are available as multi-purpose program spaces. The former student dining room is now Forum C, a large multi-purpose space that is available for events and programs. Forums A, B and C can be opened to accommodate dinners for up to 500 people and concerts up to 700 people.

UC Operations, Ticket Office And Campus Scheduling

UC, Room 210
(619) 260-4796
The operations staff (ext. 4796) is responsible for the daily operation of the UC and the SLP. The Office of Campus Scheduling (ext. 4592) coordinates the scheduling of all campus events. Utilizing an integrated software scheduling system, reservations for use of facilities are accepted on a daily basis.

These offices are on the west side of the main entrance to the Hahn University Center.

University Ministry

UC, Room 238
(619) 260-4735
The University Ministry Center strives to nourish, support, and challenge the faith development of all members of the USD community. Through diverse partnerships across campus, University Ministry works to foster an intellectual environment in which USD students’ academic and social development is amplified through complementary spiritual growth.

Persons of all religious traditions and those still searching for their religious identity are invited to take part in University Ministry’s liturgies, programs, activities, and services. In addition to a vibrant Roman Catholic sacramental life, University Ministry offers immersion trips, local service opportunities, retreats, small faith-sharing communities, pastoral counseling and companionship, scripture study, and all-faith services.

All of the center’s programs are designed to empower students, staff, faculty, and alumni to:

  • build a faith community
  • develop a mature faith
  • educate and work for justice
  • nurture personal development
  • cultivate leadership for church and society
  • form a Christian conscience.

Those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) may take part in programs presented from mid-September through May. Likewise, University Ministry staff members are available to assist in preparation for marriage in Founders Chapel, the Immaculata, or in another Catholic church.

The USD community gathers in prayer each Sunday evening for Eucharistic liturgies in Founders Chapel at 7 and 9 p.m. During these vibrant celebrations the campus community is renewed and refreshed for the on-going work of finding God in the midst of study, work, and play.

For more information on our center, please visit us in the Hahn University Center, Room 238, call (619) 260-4735, or go to University Ministry.

U.S. Bank

UC, Room 125
619) 785-5972
A full service U.S. Bank branch, specializing in student accounts, is open for all of your banking needs. Utilize your Torero Card as an ID and ATM/debit card all in one. U.S. Bank ATMs are located on campus at the Hahn University Center, Bert’s Bistro, and the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Frank Warren Lounge

UC, Room 279
(619) 260-7906
Through the generosity of the Warren family, students will enjoy this new active space where they can relax, study, meet for group projects, play pool or watch sports with friends. Located in the former Deli, the lounge features include Wi-Fi, cutting edge video technology and gaming (Wii, PlayStation and Xbox). Evenings and weekends will offer live entertainment, sports broadcasts and gaming tournaments.


Front of UC
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Student Life Pavilion

SLP First Level

Pavilion Dining

SLP, First Level
The new Pavilion Dining Room is available for use for individual and group study and as a social gathering place.*

Along with the lounge, it is intended to serve as a hub for the USD community. This brand new location will offer twelve unique dining options encompassing an array of international cuisine. Pavilion Dining is open during the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for brunch and dinner on weekends.

*Dining Room available to students for use from 7–11 p.m. unless otherwise noted

SLP Second Level

The second level of the Student Life Pavilion is devoted to a large lounge area and the new marketplace, Tu Mercado.

The Open Lounge provides overflow seating for the dining room, couches and areas where students can work on a class project around a common screen. This is also an area for Saturday evening events.

Tu Mercado is a full-scale natural grocery store that offers everything you need to stock your kitchen at home. Shop in-store or online — delivery available. Tu Mercado also includes a Torero Spirit Shop (featuring USD clothing, gifts, magazines, books, exclusive Torero merchandise and more).

L’atelier is a culinary workshop, within Tu Mercado, that offers deli, gelato, pastries, smoothies, an espresso bar and prepared meals — perfect for enjoying at home or on the go.

SLP Third Level

Student Leadership And Involvement Center

SLP, Room 301
(619) 260-4802

The third level of the Student Life Pavilion is the student leadership and involvement center. This area brings together the Associated Students seadership, student organizations, greek life and their advisors in an open environment that fosters communication and collaboration and invites all students to become actively involved in campus life.

The creative zone, which is also on this level, offers numerous resources for the marketing and promotion of student events.

SLP Fourth Level

The fourth level of the SLP is the home for the honors program, the United Front Multicultural Center, The Women’s Center, the International Student Lounge, and the Graduate and Law Commons. Offices for The Vista newspaper, the Alcalá Yearbook, USDtv and the USD radio station are also located here. Following are descriptions of these centers.

Graduate And Law Student Commons

SLP, Room 401
(619) 260-4305
The graduate and law student commons fosters community among all graduate and law students. It is designed to promote collaborative programs that enrich graduate student life. The commons supports the goals of the graduate student associations, is a central source for information and serves as a liaison to resources across campus. It also provides opportunities for faith development and outreach to community.

Honors Center

SLP Rooms 409, 410
(619) 260-7847
The honors program emphasizes teaching excellence, small classes and a core curriculum of innovative and exciting courses. This center will be a nexus for informal interaction among honors students as well as a unique opportunity for these students to interact with other groups on campus. The center includes an office for the director of the honors program, reception and work space for the administrative assistant, a formal meeting room and a student lounge.

Seminar Room

Adjacent to the honors lounge, the seminar room will be used for some honors classes. It may also be scheduled for other uses through campus scheduling. The seminar room is a high tech conference room with a Smartboard, Sympodium, and video conferencing.

Student Publications And Media

SLP, Rooms 402, 403
(619) 260-4714

United Front Multicultural Center

SLP, Room 418
(619) 260-2395
The United Front Multicultural Center plays an important role in the university’s plan for developing a community that is culturally diverse and responsive to changing local, regional and national demographics. For over ten years, the United Front Multicultural Center has raised awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion, successfully advocating for policy change and securing the university’s commitment to an ethnic studies program. There are currently ten multicultural student organizations housed in the center. Each of these group’s present programs that celebrate their culture and serve to educate the campus. The offices for the director and assistant director of the multicultural center are located in this area.

Womens’ Center

SLP, Room 420
(619) 260-2396
The Women’s Center empowers women to become leaders in a diverse and changing world. It provides resources and engages women and men in educational dialogue around gender-related issues and serves as an advocate for a safe, supportive campus environment that creates equity among all voices. A private mothers’ room is located in the center.

SLP Fifth Level/Rooftop Deck

The Rooftop Deck is a “green roof” filled with plantings that require minimal irrigation. Accommodating 200 people, it serves as a wonderful area for receptions and events.

Campus Recreation

The Recreation Center offers members of the university community many opportunities to use their leisure time constructively and to complement USD’s academic experience. Students are encouraged to use the facilities of the Sports Center at the east end of campus. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, a six-basket gym, two indoor volleyball courts, four tennis courts, and exercise rooms. Other on-campus facilities include the Jenny Craig Pavilion Fitness Center, Mission Café Fitness Center, Manchester multi-use field, softball field, soccer/multi-use field by the Mission Crossroads. In addition, sailing, water-skiing, and surfing facilities and equipment at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center are available on a fee basis for use by the USD community.

Students may also participate in the many recreation classes offered by the Campus Recreation department. Some of the classes include: golf, scuba, martial arts, yoga, volleyball, tennis, swimming, fitness, and many additional leisure activity courses. In addition, students are encouraged to sign up as free agents or organize teams to participate in the more than 20 intramural leagues. Other leisure programs available throughout the year include a swim training program, massage therapy, injury rehabilitation, and Fit and Active. Fit and Active is a flexible program which enables participants to take an unlimited number of fitness classes per week on an exclusive drop-in schedule for one low fee. For additional information, contact the Campus Recreation Office at (619) 260-4533.

Intramural Sports

With a full schedule of men’s, women’s, co-recreational teams, and individual sports activities, the intramural program offers every student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to participate in competitive as well as recreational sports. Activities include softball, football, basketball, floor hockey, bowling, tennis, soccer, golf, running events, volleyball, dodge ball, table tennis, and inner tube water polo.

Sports Clubs

Sports clubs are student-registered organizations, which are administered through the Campus Recreation department. Some of the competitive clubs include: men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, equestrian team, surf team, men’s and women’s water polo, water ski team, ultimate frisbee team, baseball team, kiteboard club, dancesport, paintball, and roller hockey team. These clubs compete in league and national collegiate club memberships. In addition there are recreation clubs that include: tango, dance, scuba dive, and the recreation activities club. These clubs may compete in events, however they tend to sponsor recreational activities as their primary function. Individuals can join competitive clubs through the respective club tryout process. For more information on sports clubs go to recreation.

Community Activities

The Community Activity program brings together many organizations and departments within the university to offer social events and activities that enhance the campus community. Some of the events include Fridays in the Valley, Recreation Raids, Family Weekend golf tournament, Campus Challenge Beach Volleyball, Halloween at the Sports Center and many other fun packed events. These events are marketed through the Campus Recreation office and sign up for these events can be accessed through the Campus Recreation registration page.

Campus Fitness

The Campus Fitness program is part of the university initiative on wellness. The main focus of this program is offered through the Mission Café and Fitness Center and includes offerings and informal usages at the McNamara Fitness Center as well as the Sports Center. Some of the programs include the ever popular Fit and Active program, personal training, credit fitness classes, wellness seminars, and informal usage of the fitness centers.