Pre-Orientation Retreat

August 26–28, 2015


Students eating lunch

What is Pre-Orientation Retreat?

Exclusively for first-year students, the University Ministry Pre-O Retreat offers the opportunity for new USD students to get to know others who are both excited and nervous about their new life as a college student. Past participants have loved Pre-O because they were able to start USD with friendships already in place even before Ole Days began.

A dynamic and talented group of upper-class students leads this retreat. These students share their experiences at USD, lead small groups, and facilitate conversation about how to live a life of faith while in college. In addition to meeting other students and finding support from upperclassmen, participants have the opportunity to hike, swim, and enjoy the beautiful Palomar Mountains.

As an added bonus, Pre-O participants move in a few days early, avoiding the rush during orientation and benefiting from the first choice of beds in your room.

How do I register?

Due to the popularity of the retreat, registration is now full. We are still taking registrations for our waiting list and will notify you if a spot opens up. In addition to Pre-O Retreat, we will also be offering a First-Year Student Retreat (Oct. 9-11).

How much does it cost?

$195 (Financial assistance is available. For more information regarding financial assistance, please email Maria Gaughan at before registering.)

Important information for the retreat

Pre-O Schedule

Packing List

Parking Information

USD Campus Map

For more information, please email Maria Gaughan (

Contact Information

University Ministry
University Center 238
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4735