February 2015  Newsletter

Dear USD Families,

Happy new year and welcome back to USD! It’s wonderful to have all the students back on campus and to see them all reconnect with friends and faculty. The Office of Parent Relations hosted the Parent/Family Spring Transfer Orientation and Reception for families of the newly enrolled transfer students many of which are also freshmen and international students. We sincerely welcome you to USD, and hope you enjoy the Parent Newsletter–a monthly issue geared to keep you informed of USD news and events.

Whether you are family of a first year student or a parent of a graduating Senior. Be sure to read through this newsletter to learn about resources, activities and important deadlines throughout the month of February that can contribute to your student’s Spring Semester experience. 

Lastly, there are two great opportunities that family can attend with the community of USD. First, Grandparents’ Weekend scheduled for February 20-21 is fast approaching. There’s still time to register, however several sessions and tours have reached capacity. The last day to register is February 13. Second, be part of the inaugural Be True To Your School Party and Silent Auction. Join us on Saturday, February 21st for this ‘50s themed party! For more information on both events, please visit www.sandiego.edu/parents. Click “programs” to see a list of the events.


The Office of Parent Relations

A Message from Carmen Vazquez, Vice President for Student Affairs

We are excited to have our student community back on campus. As the spring semester begins, I am reminded of the significant impact families have on their students and how greatly we depend on your partnership. As our mutual commitment to supporting your students’ academic and personal growth continues, I would like to encourage you to engage in dialogue with your student about your student’s current academic status, his or her level of active involvement in the USD community, and housing for next year. Continue Reading...

Health Insurance Requirement

Beginning in fall 2014, University of San Diego full-time students are required to carry health insurance. This requirement ensures that students in need of health and/or mental health care beyond the scope of services provided at USD by the on-campus Wellness Units, can access the appropriate care and resources in the community. Continue Reading...

Returning Students Housing Application

The returning student housing sign-up begins February 2, 2015 through March 2, 2015. New this year there will be no $250 prepayment. The only step students need to complete is an online housing application. Please note that if the student cancels at any time for any reason that the student account will be billed a $250 application cancellation fee. Continue Reading... 

Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

The Priority Deadline is fast approaching! Submit the FAFSA by the undergraduate Priority Deadline: Sunday, March 2, 2015. Reapply for Financial Aid at http://www.fafsa.gov/. Do NOT wait until you have completed your tax forms. For questions regarding financial aid, call (619) 260-2700 or go to www.sandiego.edu/financialaid. don't forget to check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Guides and the Spring 2015 Newsletter.

"USD Spotlight: School of Engineering"

In 1987, the engineering program at USD had two faculty members and a few students.  Flash forward to the Fall of 2012 when philanthropist Darlene Marcos Shiley announced that she was presenting USD with a $20 million gift to create the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Continue Reading...  

Happy Valentine's Day from the Mail Center

One highlight of our February is serving as “Cupid’s Messenger”. The Mail Center transforms into a florist shop. It’s great fun to see the expression on the student’s face as they come in with their ID, after receiving a call or email notification, not expecting anything, and walks away with a floral or edible arrangement. To make Valentine’s Day special for your USD student, here are a couple of things to keep in mind...

Senior Concierge Program

Career Services recently launched a new initiative, the Senior Career Concierge program that will provide specialized services to graduating seniors during the spring semester.  If this applies to your student, Continue Reading...

2014 President's Report

The University of San Diego continues to depend upon its many partners to assist in its mission to make the world a better place. Our enduring commitment to impact society has led to a campus-wide, collaborative focus on fostering and supporting meaningful change. Please join us in looking back at the accomplishments of the past year through the pages of the 2014 President’s Report.
To make a donation, please go to www.sandiego.edu/giving.

Get Work Done Like It's 2015

Insight is a custom built to-do application that maximizes productivity. With powerful features like class planner, reminders and notifications, your student can organize their schedule, prioritize tasks and optimize their time. Insight transforms the way they will get work done in 2015. have your student join the beta program.


Monthly LLC Spotlight: Social Justice

How do we build justice in our local, national and global communities? USD students explore this life-changing question with their peers in this engaging LLC. Through community service-learning opportunities, immersion trips, and local community-based organizations, this LLC will inspire, empower and challenge our Toreros. Continue Reading...


Additional Ways to Stay Connected

Torero Program Board February Events Calendar  

Inside USD

The Alcala View

2014-2015 Torero Family Calendar


Important Dates and events

February is Black History MonthCheck out the Black Student Resource Center's Facebook page for upcoming events at USD. 
Financial Aid Applications for Summer Session Available Feb. 1
Fall Housing Sign-Up for On-Campus living
Feb. 2 - Mar. 2
 • Rock'in Brand: LinkedIn Event
UC Forums
Feb. 11 ǀ 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Valentine's Day
Feb. 14
President's Day
Feb. 16 | Classes in Session
Ash Wednesday
Feb. 18
Chinese New Year
Feb. 19
Grandparents' Weekend
Feb. 20-21
 • Be True To Your School Party and Silent Auction
Degheri Alumni Center
Feb. 21ǀ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Men @USD Leadership Retreat
Julian, CA
Feb. 20 - 22
Women's Center Empower Leadership Retreat
Women's Center
Feb. 20 - 22
Alumni and Class Legacy Scholarships Deadline
Feb. 28

Commencement Planning

Spring Intramural Registration Is Open

OA Spring Trip Schedule


USD Athletics Calendar

Parents and families giving to USD
Learn more about the Parent Funds.

University of San Diego
Parent Relations

5998 Alcalá Park, DAC 217
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-4808


University of San Diego
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San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4600
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