TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)
Student Support Services is a federally funded grant by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 160 eligible undergraduates at USD. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and serves to retain and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education at USD. To use SSS, you must apply. Visit their website for the application.
- U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident
- Freshman, Sophomore or Junior status
- Enrolled USD students who are ONE of the following
- Low income (determined by Federal Income Guidelines)
- First generation (an individual both of whose parents, or whose only supporting parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree)
- Students with disabilities (students who have a documented disability and are registered with USD’s Disability Services)
Students on Academic Probation
Freshman or Sophomore students placed on academic probation need to meet with a peer advisor through the Office of Student Learning Initiatives (OSLI). The peer advisors will conduct an advising session through which an academic assistance plan is created.
ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM TO IMPROVE THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE (See Below)
Juniors or Seniors placed on academic probation are required to meet with a counselor at the Counseling Center before the end of the add/drop period to create an academic assistant plan. Students should go to the Counseling Center during Walk-in hours (M-F 11-3, or Wednesday, 11-5). (See below for Click here for Counseling Center information.
Center for Student Success (CSS)
CSS offers programs, services, and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. In partnership with the Associate Dean for Advising and Curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences, the CSS provides leadership and direction for the university-wide First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) initiatives.
Professional staff and peer advisors in the CSS are available to meet with any undergraduate student experiencing challenges at USD that impact academic performance and persistence. The office is also the home of the Lead@USD and FRESH@USD programs, and provides support to incoming commuter students (first-time freshman and transfer).
||University Center (UC), Room 114
||Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
||Merrick Marino: Assistant Dean
Mary Barkley: Director
Stephanie Bernasconi: Assistant Director
Lupita Jewell: Executive Assistant
One Stop Student Center
The One Stop Student Center is where students can access Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounts in one location. Examples of their services include: registration and registration changes (add/drop classes), transcripts, enrollment verification, payments on your student account, assistance with financial aid questions, student account counseling, reviewing your DARS, FERPA, graduation petitions, and many other services.
||University Center (UC), Room 126
||Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
One Stop will also make appointments up to 6:00pm for students who can not make any of the above times
||619-260-2616 (call for an appointment)