September 2013 Newsletter

Dear USD Families,

Welcome to the 2013 fall semester!  Campus is once again filled with energetic students we grow to miss over the summer.  By now, your student has attended their first week of classes and is settling into their room or apartment or has adjusted to the commute to and from home.  We would like to extend a special welcome to our new families of freshman and transfer students whom are beginning their journey with the USD community.  We are so glad you have joined us and are hopeful you will make great connections at USD. Click here to read more about the Office of Parent Relations.

University Ministry: A place to belong, believe and become

What do I believe? Where and when do I experience God most powerfully? Where does my deep gladness meet the world’s great hungers? What is the meaning of my life and what should I do with it? What is my life’s purpose?

These are the deep questions that University Ministry can help your student answer. University Ministry offers a wide variety of retreats, service projects, immersion trips, faith-sharing communities and, of course, student masses. All Toreros, regardless of their religious background, are welcome to attend each of these programs.

Highlights of the fall semester include the first Sunday night student masses, service projects on campus and in Tijuana, an immersion trip to East LA over Fall Holiday, monthly Community Dinners, weekly meetings of Students for Life, and faith sharing groups which meet weekly in each residence halls.  Getting involved with University Ministry is easy. All students have to do is show up. Visit the University Ministry web site at for more information.

Student wellness and adjusting to college

Students often struggle navigating their first year of college and other transitions. Student Wellness is here to help! If you have any concerns about your student’s transition to college, please call or encourage your student to visit one of the many Student Wellness offices.

Counseling Center

Disability Services

Student Health Center

Living in Community

Sharing a room and living in a community are learned skills. There are benefits to developing these good relationship skills.  These skills will serve your student later in life, and include being assertive in confronting someone who is violating their rights, being accountable for their responsibilities and behaviors, and learning that compromises are necessary for living with other people. In order to do this, communication is a necessity, and can really solve the majority of problems that may arise. Click here to read more about Living in Community. 

Tell us about your experience!

Summer Send Off: Parents of new freshman and transfer students, if you attended a Summer Send Off this summer and have not responded to the online survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. Your input and responses will help us understand your experience and plan for future Summer Send Offs. The survey will remain open through the end of September. Please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey.

OLÉ! Weekend and Transfer Fall Orientation: Parents of new freshman and transfer students, take this online survey to share your experience during OLÉ! Weekend and Transfer Fall Orientation. Your candid responses are critical to future orientation events sponsored by the Office of Parent Relations.

Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations will be at a few upcoming events which include: Internship Fair, September 17 and Senior Seminar, October 4. Alumni Relations keeps alumni involved at USD and prepares current undergraduates to become active members of the USD community post graduation. Click to learn about Alumni Relations and the Student Alumni Association, an active group of undergraduate students.

Getting Involved

There are many activities and other opportunities for your student to explore. Below are just a few ways for your student to find out what USD has to offer.

•    Campus Recreation
•    Greek Life
•    Community Service Learning: Open House Sept. 19
•    Welcome Week: Sept. 3-15
•    Changemaker Fest: Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Financial Aid

The following memo will help you to stay attuned to Financial Aid news, forms and other deadlines.
•    Click here to be directed to the Financial Aid website.
•    Click here to learn about Parent Portal.
•    Click here to learn about FERPA.

Map Works

USD is committed to the individual success of each first-year student, and offers a variety of ongoing programs and events throughout the first year to support your son or daughter’s transition to college life.  One of the unique ways USD demonstrates this commitment is by inviting each first-year student to participate in MAP-Works: Making Achievement Possible. Map Works survey will be emailed to your student on September 24. Read more about Map Works.

USD's International Abroad Programs

USD is known for its outstanding international education opportunities. This year USD celebrates its 50th anniversary of study abroad programming and is ranked number one in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad! Information for intersession and summer 2014 programs is now available. Visit for details.


important dates and events
Welcome Week
Sept. 3-15
  Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 12 | 12:15 p.m.
  Last day to enroll in class and to drop a class without a "W"
Sept. 13
Student Success Workshops
Begins Sept. 17
Dinner for Out-of-State Students
Sept., 18 | Registration Required
  Map Works Survey
Sept. 24
  Changemaker Fest
Sept. 30-Oct. 4
  Homecoming and Family Weekend
Oct. 11-13 | Register Today
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San Diego, CA 92110
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