Parent Relations

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First Year Parents

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?

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.