Student Resources

Career Development Center
Center for Student Success
Counseling Center
International Studies Abroad
One Stop Student Services
Tutoring Resources
Undergraduate Student Research

Career Development Center

Robin Darmon, Director
Manchester Hall, Room 101
(619) 260-4654

The Career Development Center works with students to explore career options, locate internships, search for jobs, and interview for jobs through the on-campus interviewing program. Workshops are presented weekly on topics such as resume writing and interviewing skills. In addition, Career Services hosts an Internship Fair, Career Fair and a Graduate School Fair.

Center for Student Success

Merrick Marino, Assistant Dean
University Center, Room 114
(619) 260-5995

The Center for Student Success (CSS) offers programs, services, and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. In partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences, Associate Dean for Advising and Curriculum James Gump, 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 FRESH@USD program and provides support to incoming commuter students (first-time freshman and transfer). The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office provides counseling to students on a wide range of issues regarding enforcement of university and college policies, and takes a role in the resolution of student academic problems.

Counseling Center

Stephen Sprinkle, Director
Serra Hall, Room 300
(619) 260-4655

The Counseling Center provides free, confidential, counseling services to enrolled students. Most students’ counseling needs can be readily addressed by the center’s professional staff, which includes psychologists, and supervised trainees from doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and a contract psychiatrist.

The Counseling Center offers group therapy and support groups, individual counseling, psychological and psychiatric consultation and community referrals. The easiest way to secure services is to go to the center, Serra Hall 300, during walk-in hours, but initial appointments can also be arranged by telephone at (619) 260-4655. Walk-in hours are available when undergraduate classes are in session from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Emergency Services: A counselor on-call is available to consult about after-hours psychological emergencies at all times. The counselor on-call can be reached by calling Public Safety at ext. 2222 on any campus telephone, otherwise call (619) 260-2222. The 24-hour San Diego Access and Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339 also offers crisis intervention, information and referrals.

International Studies Abroad

Undergraduate Programs – International Center
Kira Espiritu, Director
Serra Hall, Room 201
(619) 260-4598

USD ranked 2th in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education. Study abroad opportunities are offered in over 30 countries, with programs to accommodate every student, every major and every budget. These programs can help students meet major or minor requirements, complete general education courses, and/or achieve proficiency in a second (or third!) language. Programs are available for the full semester, summer or intersession. Course work abroad can be taken in the language of the host country or in English.

Graduate Programs

School of Law: Institute on International and Comparative Law
School of Business: Ahlers Center for International Business
School of Leadership and Education Sciences: Global Center

One Stop Student Services

Director: Sybilla Robison
University Center 126
(619) 260-2700

One Stop assists all students with their registration, student account, or financial aid. Their mission is to consolidate the business transactions of the Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounts offices into one location where students can receive outstanding customer service. 

Tutoring Resources

Logic Center, located in Founders Hall, Room 164, has tutors available on a walk-in basis during hours of operation.
Math Center, located in Serra Hall, Room 310, has tutors available on a walk-in basis during hours of operation.
Writing Center, located in Founders Hall, Room 190B, has tutors available by appointment.

Office of Undergraduate Research

Sonia Zarate, Director
Founders Hall, Room 146
(619) 260-7840

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to support USD undergraduates from all disciplines and the faculty that mentor them in research, scholarly activities and creative works.  Some of the resources and opportunities available to students include awards for academic year and summer research programs, professional development, grants for travel associated with research and an annual undergraduate research conference.  Resources for faculty research mentors include awards to foster student-faculty research collaborations, development grants and support for faculty interested in incorporating research into the curricula or community service activities, trainings and an annual award that recognizes excellence in research mentoring.  Underlying the OUR mission is a commitment to equity and access to ensure that all students are able to benefit from engagement in research, scholarly activities and creative works. 

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