First Year Parents

We'd like to congratulate and welcome you and your student into the Torero family. You've made it through supporting your student during the college selection process.

So, what's next?

Below is a list of Fall 2016 important dates and deadlines (please check back for updates and additional dates):

December 12 Last day of classes
December 13 Study Day
December 14 - 20 Final Examinations
December 20 Last day to use Meal Plan
December 21 Resident students must vacate the residence halls by noon today or 24 hours after last exam
January 3 Intersession classes begin
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, no classes
January 20 Final registration and fee payment for spring semester
January 21 Late charges begin
January 23 Intersession classes end
January 23 Resident students may return to the residence halls
January 25 Parent and Family Spring Orientation
January 25 First day to use Meal Plan
January 26 Spring semester classes begin
February 1 Financial aid applications for Summer 2017 available
February 1 On-campus housing sign-ups begin
March 6 - 10 Spring Break, no classes
March 12 Resident students may return to their residence halls
March 17 Priority deadline for Summer 2017 financial aid applications
March 20 Deadline for 50% tuition refund
April 3 Class registration begins for Fall 2017
April 13 - 17 Easter Break, no classes
May 15 Last day of classes
May 16 - 17 Study Days
May 18 - 24 Final Examinations
May 24 Last day to use Meal Plan
May 25 Resident students must move out by noon today or 24 hours after last exam
May 27 - 28 Commencement Ceremonies

While your student receives many resources and information to help with the transition from high school to college or from a previous college to USD, we recognize parents are also adjusting. First-year (freshmen) students have a lot of "firsts" during the year and transfer students should not assume that all colleges operate the same way. And the same holds true for parents of both first-year and transfer students. Perhaps this is your student's first time away from home, first time living with a roommate, first college exam, and an adjustment to a medium size liberal arts Catholic university with smaller class sizes.

Your student is now in a developmental stage of new experiences: independence, freedom, pressures, responsibilities, new city, new state or even new country. This emotional transition can be both exciting and nerve-racking, however, very normal. The W- Curve, a predictable pattern of stages which occurs when a person experiences a new culture, will help you understand your student's transition to USD. As you may be adjusting your role as a parent to a college student, we encourage you to continue supporting, listening, and providing advice to your student.

The Office of Parent Relations is here to assist in your transition to USD and we hope you will find the website informative and helpful as questions arise so you can best support your student as they find their way through USD.

Contact Information

Parent Relations
Degheri Alumni Center 217
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4808
Fax: (619) 849-8283