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Experiencing USD as a graduate student is an exciting and challenging proposition. Below are links to a number of offices you may find useful during your time her
- University of San Diego
The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity's urgent challenges.
USD is dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego and Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Those values are reflected in the University's rich Catholic intellectual tradition. USD's community of scholars are committed to educating the whole person—intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and culturally. The university provides a character-building education that fosters independent thought, innovation, integrity, analytical thinking, and an open-minded and collaborative world view.
USD welcomes and respects those whose lives are formed by different traditions, and we recognize their important contributions to a pluralistic society and to an atmosphere of open discussion and discovery, which is essential to a liberal arts education.
Schools at USD:
Below are a list of the Schools at USD and their resources pages for students:
- Graduate Student Life
Phone: (619) 260-2227
Mariann Sanchez - email@example.com
Graduate Student Life at the University of San Diego aims to foster Community building: by providing opportunities for graduate students to build community and fostering conversations and collaboration across disciplines. Communication: by promoting existing campus services to students and helping departments share ideas on how to best serve graduate students. Advocacy: by growing and maintaining a graduate student presence on campus, encouraging services to be more inclusive of graduate students, and conducting regular assessments of graduate student quality of life.
The Purpose of Graduate Student Life is to:
Provide programs that help create a tangible graduate student campus community.
Foster graduate student conversation and collaboration across disciplines.
Encourage, recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of graduate students.
Promote existing campus services and encourage service areas to be more inclusive of graduate student needs.
Grow and maintain a graduate student presence in institutional decisions that affect the quality of life for graduate students.
Help departments share ideas about programs and support structures for graduate students.
Conduct regular assessments of graduate student quality of life on campus
Advocate for graduate student needs across campus.
Assists students in sustaining a healthy and happy life at the University of San Diego.
Inside the office for Graduate Student Life is the Graduate and Law Commons. 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 and provides opportunities for faith development and outreach to community. The Commons is a central source for information and serves as a liaison to resources across campus.
Admissions is here to help you get your questions answered, whether they are about qualifying, transferring, applying, enrolling or attending the University of San Diego. We recommend you take a tour, on campus or virtually, explore different majors and departments, attend an event and give us a call any time.
As a nationally ranked Catholic institution, the University of San Diego is focused on an unwavering expectation: academic excellence. Graduate students can experience the following:
Learn from exemplary faculty who are recognized nationally and internationally in their fields, and collaborate with students on interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
Participate in exciting international opportunities available across all graduate programs.
Take advantage of USD's strong organizational relationships and a network that includes 61,152 alumni living in all 50 states and 159 countries.
Please visit our website for more information and graduate resources.
All graduate students have the opportunity to watch athletic events on campus using your Torero ID. All tickets are free with the exception for Football- students receive a discounted rate.
Where do I park for games and events?
Guests to campus must pay to park in either the Mission Parking Structure (subject to space availability) or the West Parking Structure and West Parking Lot. Payment is required Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am - 7:00pm.
Are youth prices available?
Yes. Youth are considered ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are admitted for free, provided they will be on an adult's lap and will not be occupying a seat of their own.
Jenny Craig Pavilion
5998 Alcala Park
9:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. PACIFIC TIME MONDAY-FRIDAY
Please view the campus map for locations of athletic venues.
- Auxiliary Services
Auxiliary Services supports the University’s academic mission by providing high quality services to students, the USD community and guests, in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.
Auxiliary Services is a part of the USD Student Affairs division of campus.
Campus Card is responsible for the administration of Meal Plans, Torero ID Cards, Campus Cash and Onity Locks.
Campus Cash is the key to all your purchases and campus services at USD. It is a prepaid declining balance account managed through your Torero ID card. You may also use your Campus Cash off campus! Check out all the vendors we've partnered with in the Linda Vista and nearby beach areas!
Save with a Torero Meal Plan
Meal Plans may be purchased online via MySanDiego (My Torero Services tab). For detailed plan information, visit the USD Dining Website. Decreasing or canceling voluntary plans may be done online via MySanDiego during the first ten class days of each (undergraduate) semester. All students may add or increase a plan at anytime.
Available at the Campus Card office - two for just $10! No appointment necessary.
USD Dining is a not-for-profit auxiliary that proudly serves the campus community and annually allocates earnings back to the University of San Diego and students.
USD Dining has received national rankings and awards for excellence in university dining. USD Dining is ranked #17 nationwide for Best Campus Food (Princeton Review 2017) and has an A+ rating by PETA for its vegan menu offerings.
We are passionate about the food we provide for you each day. Our team includes staff who have been serving USD for over 30 years; chefs trained at world-renowned schools such as the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales, and a management team that is dedicated to creating enjoyable meals and services for each and every customer.
The University of San Diego offers an inspirational setting for meetings, conferences, retreats, camps and special events. We will help you create a unique, memorable experience.
Our mission is to provide the university community with the ability to communicate and conduct business with each student, staff, faculty and department through prompt, reliable, secure and economical services for the collection and delivery of mail.
Information on the new domestic address placement is available.
The brand new USD Torero Store opened on July 13, 2015 at the Hahn University Center. Digital walls and screens, interactive retail technology and an improved textbook system are new features of the 6,665-square-foot new campus store at the University of San Diego.
The store includes a variety of USD-branded apparel, along with technology and other products and services for the university community. It is now part of a shopping and dining complex that includes “Blue Spoon,” an updated frozen yogurt and smoothie cafe operated by USD Dining. New technology components include; a 3-D printer, an AnaJet custom T-shirt printer, mobile check-out including Apple Pay, and a Virtual Mirror – the first on a college campus!
University Copy is your campus resource for all your copying needs. We provide the following services:
Large format poster printing
Supply paper to departments
Notary (call for appointment)
University letterheads, envelopes and business cards are ordered through Office Depot and are in accordance with university policy. Our services are available for all university departments as well as any organizations affiliated with the university. We also offer our services to individual employees and off-campus organizations.
- Career Development
Phone: (619) 260-4654
Fax: (619) 260-2270
The Career Development Center supports and guides students to develop and achieve career goals that lead to meaningful lives. The site provides resources to assist students and connect them with employers.
- Campus Recreation
Phone: (619) 260-4533
Fax: (619) 260-2312
Campus Recreation supports the USD campus community in the areas of facilities, programs, and services. We strive to offer quality customer service while continuing to grow and change with the interests of our participants. Our desire to offer something for everyone can be seen in the diverse programming which our department offers.
Campus Recreation supports more than 60 credit classes a semester, 12 to 15 Intramural sports leagues, 20+ Sports and Recreation Clubs, a highly popular fitness/wellness program, a variety of aquatic opportunities, and a popular community activities program.
In addition, our facilities offer informal opportunities to participate in our Sports Center and to stay fit by utilizing one of our two Fitness Centers. We encourage individuals to put a little recreation in their life on a daily basis and support this with our motto "LEARN. LIVE. PLAY. THE RECREATION WAY."
Campus Recreation provides a welcoming environment where quality services, student engaged activities, facilities and fitness opportunities cultivate a holistic, well, and inclusive USD community. Supporting student learning and development the department focuses on combining a culture of care with experiential opportunities where programmatic outcomes contribute to fellowship, social cooperation, teamwork, life skills development, and student persistence.
The Intramural program is one of the best programs on campus. It's not only a great way to meet people and have a great time, but you might even get some fun exercise out of it too. That's why our intramural program has such a long, storied tradition at USD.
Fun, sportsmanship, and fellowship are the goals of the Intramural program. We want you to exercise, form friendships, develop lifetime interests and appreciate diversity and inclusion through participation in intramurals.
All levels are welcome - participation is the goal. We offer multiple levels of competition, from recreational to highly competitive leagues. Many participants play more than one activity.
To join in on the fun, gather some USD friends (students, staff, faculty or alumni with alumni membership) together and register online. Each member must register individually and pay a $20 semester participation fee. Please note that the Intramural fee is non-refundable, as it is the fee for the entire program, not for a specific league. The fee allows you to participate in as many leagues as you want. The only exception would be due to an injury before league play began that prevented participation. A doctor’s documentation will have to be provided in order for the refund to be processed.
Recreation classes are designed for the entire campus community at USD. Classes provide students with opportunities to learn new skills and activities, to increase physical strength and fitness, and to provide a balance in daily life. By introducing and encouraging these activities, we hope that you will develop a lifelong interest in health and fitness.
The Campus Recreation department offers over 60 recreational classes each semester.
The Bradford Lee Bosley Mission Cafe and Fitness Center is an 8,515 square foot wellness focused facility located in the heart of Mission housing.
Supporting the mission and values of USD, the center promotes healthy lifestyle choices and social interaction to enhance the total student experience. This center was designed to expand opportunities to strengthen the minds, bodies and spirits of the campus community.
The McNamara Fitness Center, located inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion, is a wonderful 4,000 square foot facility designed to meet the needs of University of San Diego students, faculty, and staff. The Center has a large cardio area with 9 treadmills, 6 elliptical trainers, 4 stationary bikes, 2 step mills and 1 ergometer. Additionally you will have access to a full line of Hoist Fitness machines and a wide selection of free weights including bench presses, squat racks and Db’s up to 120 lbs. The Center is unique in that it houses 3 Olympic platforms with over 500 kg’s Werksan and Kraberg bumper plates.
The McNamara Fitness Center offers Cardio Theater that you can link your headphones to while using cardio equipment so you can watch and listen to your favorite shows while exercising.
You are encouraged to access the University's own personal trainers to help you reach your fitness goals.
Sports Center & Pool:
- Child Care
Phone: (619) 260-4620
Fax: (619) 260-4522
California Facility License #370806086
Developing unique capabilities in all young children by bridging family, school, and community to nourish curiosity and collaborate in discovery of knowledge in a warm, inclusive environment.
Appointments for Center tours are offered on Tuesday mornings. Please call the Center office at (619) 260-4620 or send an e-mail to us at mfcdc@SanDiego.edu to schedule a tour. Due to increased demand, tours are only being offered to the families of USD students, employees, and alumni at this time. Non-affiliated families may request a community interest form to be notified of future opportunities to tour and join the active waiting list.
- Graduate Student Council
The Graduate Student Council serves the needs of the graduate and law students, by building a strong and successful graduate community. The purpose of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is to represent all USD graduate and law students to the university administration with the mission to:
build and maintain a strong USD graduate student community;
advocate for graduate student issues;
ensure adequate graduate student representation on university committees;
work collaboratively with, and advise, university administration to improve the level of graduate studies.
For a complete list of Graduate Student Organizations, please visit the website.
- Graduate Communications
Grad Life Connect is a weekly e-newsletter that seeks to keep USD's graduate and law student community informed of the latest news, important dates, and services, as well as feature stories about students from programs across the campus. Stay up–to–date and involved on all news regarding USD's graduate and law student community!
Let us know if you have any programs, resources, services, conferences, etc that you would like to include in Grad Life Connect. These must be submitted by Thursday at noon for the following week's issue. Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to receive the Grad Life Connect e-newsletter to find out about weekly events on Campus here.
- Graduate & Law Ministry
Location & Contact:
Mark Peters - Student Life Pavilion (SLP) 401A email@example.com
The University Ministry team is enthusiastically interested in serving you during your time on campus. We hope you will explore the many options for spiritual growth already available -- as well as collaborate with us to respond to the emerging needs of our university community. Whatever form your USD involvement takes, we hope that your intellectual and social development will be complemented by your equally robust spiritual growth.
Mission Crossroads (MX)
The University of San Diego offers limited On-Campus housing for graduate students. Please visit residential life for more information.
Graduate and Law Commons (Student Life Pavilion Room 401)
Graduate Student Life assists students with Off-Campus housing resources. Please visit Off-Campus housing for more information.
- International Center
Serra Hall 201
The University of San Diego's International Center serves as a gateway to all internationally-related activities both on and off-campus. The Center is comprised of two main offices: The Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of International Studies Abroad. Each office works collaboratively across campus to provide support for study abroad programs as well as provide oversight for the immigration and documentation process for international students and scholars.
The International Center is a resource for the USD community and works to build bridges by making connections between the various international activities across campus. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and visit our website.
Newly Admitted Students -
Congratulations on your admission to USD! Please review the information on our website to learn about important dates, visa information, traveling tips and the USD international health insurance policy.
Phone: (619) 260-4799
The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, databases, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms and rare books.
Main: (619) 260-4542
Fax: (619) 260-4616
Welcome to the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC). In addition to a fine collection of books, the library offers computer research services, a very strong microforms and documents collection and generous space for work and study. The library is open seven days a week.
As one of the premier academic law libraries in the country, the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC) serves as an invaluable resource for students and faculty, in particular, as well as alumni and members of the public. The LRC continues to grow to support the educational missions of the School of Law and the university.
- Office of Financial Aid
Phone: (619) 260-2700
The Office of Financial Aid Staff at the University of San Diego is here to assist you!
(Undergraduates, Graduates, Credentials, and Paralegal Students)
Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Phones are answered 9:00am to 5:00pm
Graduate students, please visit the website for information on financial aid.
- One Stop Student Center
The One Stop Student Center at the University of San Diego welcomes all students and can answer all of your Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Registration questions. Please visit the website for more information.
The One Stop Student Center offers video tutorials and webinars to help all incoming AND current students!
“We’re here to help YOU with the services from all of our partner offices!!!”
- Outdoor Adventures
Phone: (619) 260-4709
Outdoor Adventures serves the USD community members with opportunities to experience outdoor activities that aim to promote personal growth, leadership development, relationship building and environmental responsibility.
With a focus on outdoor recreation, environmental education, leadership development and team building, we offer a variety of outings locally, regionally and internationally. Pre-Orientation Adventure, overnight trips, outdoor recreation classes and day trips around San Diego are a few examples. We also operate a resource center and rental shop that provides outdoor recreation equipment and trip planning resources for individuals and groups that choose to venture on their own excursions.
Outdoor Adventures is also a hub for people interested in living an active, outdoor lifestyle that strives to create a balance between humanity and the natural world. There are many ways to get involved and a it’s a great community to connect with. So join us for your next adventure as we discover San Diego and beyond.
- Parking Services
Phone: (619) 260-4518
Fax: (619) 849-8323
The Office of Parking Services is committed to supporting the University of San Diego's Mission Statement by creating a helpful and welcoming environment through the delivery of excellent service. We provide guidance and assistance to the campus community on all parking-related needs in a timely and efficient manner; provide a safe, well-maintained parking facilities while ensuring equitable parking for all our guests.FAQ’s on parking at USD
- Pregnant & Parenting
Phone: (619) 260-2588
As a Catholic institution of higher learning, University of San Diego recognizes that the care and support of family is at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Consistent with our mission and Catholic identity, University of San Diego acknowledges the importance of supporting pregnant and parenting students by addressing their special needs and assisting them in completing their studies.Pregnancy and parenthood are likely two of the most powerful experiences a person will face in her or his lifetime. It is important for the expectant mother and/or father and parenting student to feel supported, cared for and one with the university community. Pregnancies offer the challenge of balancing preparation for childbirth with an academic schedule. It is not only our calling to support the pregnant woman and/or father and parenting student but our challenge to provide you with a positive community in which to live. An overview of the full range of services available to pregnant and parenting students is described on this website.
- University Scheduling
Phone: (619) 260-7574
Fax: (619) 849-8394
University Scheduling is committed to advancing customer service and providing excellent resources for space reservation by bringing you a comprehensive and integrated range of forms and information on one site. You will find links to requesting spaces for a meeting or a conference, browsing for events, space availability and overall event planning guidelines and forms. The office of University Scheduling approves a variety of events for internal and external guests such as large concerts and festivals, dignitary visits, sporting events, and numerous other types of events/programs.Recurring major campus events include: Commencement Weekend, Family and Homecoming Weekend, Orientation, etc…are planned years in advance and take priority over external events. Event Management Systems is the central source for reserving rooms and resources for campus events. Locations may be reserved for use on a first come first served basis, if they are not being used for academic classes.
Phone: (619) 260-4655
Fax: (619) 260-4699
We work collaboratively with the USD community to help and support students achieve and maintain well-being as they strive to reach their personal and academic goals.
The University of San Diego places great importance on providing students with the programs, experiences and support services necessary to help them maximize their educational experience, and to challenge them to develop knowledge, values and skills to enrich their lives. Campus Recreation, C.A.R.E., the Counseling Center, the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center, the Student Health Center, and the Women's Center seek to support student academic success and personal development by providing a comprehensive and integrated range of wellness programs, experiences and services.
Phone: (619) 260-4595
Fax: (619) 260-2375
The Student Health Center aims to provide high-quality, accessible, and timely primary care: provide an innovative practice model to meet student's health needs; continue to improve efficiency in providing services; increase the understanding of services provided to students. Educate students about healthy choices: encourage student engagement in adopting healthy lifestyles; recognize student achievements in healthy choices.
Students MUST have health insurance while enrolled in the University of San Diego. Health insurance can be purchased or waived. Please find more information here.
Phone: (619) 260-4655
Fax: (619) 260-4699
Consistent with the University of San Diego's philosophy of developing the whole person, the Counseling Center's core purpose is to enhance the emotional, relational, and psychological well-being of students. We strive to facilitate students' personal growth and enhance their academic success through accessible, culturally congruent clinical and outreach services. We work in collaboration with other Wellness and university departments and community partners.
Phone: (619) 260-4618
Fax: (619) 849-8121
The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion provides the University of San Diego community with a comprehensive array of health and wellness promotion initiatives and clinical alcohol and other drug services.
Phone: (619) 260-4655
The Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center is committed to helping students with disabilities obtain meaningful academic accommodations and support and to help improve access to the many excellent programs and activities offered by the University.
Our services include evaluating disability documentation, arranging academic accommodations and providing disability management/counseling to students with disabilities. We also coordinate with other departments, both academic and administrative, such as Residential Life, the Department of Public Safety, the School of Law, and the Dean's offices of the various schools on campus, to meet students' needs. We are available to the University community (faculty, staff, parents and all students) for consultation on a broad range of disability issues and manage the needs of students with temporary disabilities (e.g., mobility limitations and transient but severe illnesses).
We also strive serve the broader University community by raising awareness of the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. We also facilitate dialog about issues of diversity and inclusion and promote respect for the unique needs, challenges, strengths and contributions of community members. In doing so, we further the University's goals of promoting academic achievement and excellence in the context of inclusion and compassionate service.
Together these units strive to provide culturally congruent and effective services aimed at:
Supporting the mission of the university by preventing and/or ameliorating medical, psychological and lifestyle barriers to learning, and by providing individualized assistance to students in need.
Fostering a campus community that is healthy and congruent with the university's mission of holistic student development.
Promoting within students a sense of caring about the well-being of fellow students and for the university community as a whole.
If you or someone you care about is in need of assistance, or could benefit from our services, please visit the web pages of the wellness units to get more information on how to access services, or call us to discuss your concerns. All of the wellness services are available to enrolled students free of charge and are confidential.
- Women's Center
Phone: (619) 260-2396
In support of the Division of Student Affairs' Mission, the Women's Center invites women to find voice, develop skills for transformation and understand who they are called to be.
The USD Women's Center empowers women to engage as leaders in a diverse and changing world.
We are a student-centered learning community that provides resources and engages women and men in educational dialogue around gender-related issues.
We advocate for a safe, supportive campus environment that creates equity among all voices.
- Writing Center
Founders Hall, Room 190B
Contact: For an appointment, stop in or call our direct line at (619) 260-4581.
Need help with a paper or writing assignment? We have the tutoring help you need.
USD Writing Center, which is free to all USD students, helps students improve their academic writing. Students may bring work in any stage of completion to the Writing Center, from brainstorming notes to rough drafts to graded essays. Students are tutored individually by their peers in all phases of the writing process, including:
understanding a text
generating paper topics
developing and focusing ideas
refining and expanding ideas
- grammar and punctuation