Student Life

Students eating on patio

Our SOLES community recognizes and appreciates that a great deal of learning is done outside of the classroom through student involvement. Students are invited to engage with the myriad organizations, events, speakers, and support services made available within our school and the wider university.

Graduate Student Organizations

Asian Students International Association

The mission of Asian Students International Association (A.S.I.A.) is to support and promote diversity within the USD community as Asian and Asian American Graduate students. We provide an opportunity to create spaces for continued leadership development for our members. Our purpose is to enhance educational excellence and compassionate service via a collaborative effort.

Black Graduate Student Association

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an interdisciplinary, student initiated, student-run organization that is dedicated to uniting students, faculty, and alumni of African descent to create a sense of pride and community at the University of San Diego.

Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

Graduate Student Council

The purpose of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is to represent all University of San Diego graduate and law students to the university administration with the mission of building and maintaining a strong USD graduate student community; advocating for graduate student issues; ensuring adequate graduate student representation on university committees; and working collaboratively with, and advising, university administration to improve the level of graduate studies.

Phi Delta Kappa Professional Honor Association

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is a professional honor association founded in 1906 to serve all members of the educational community. Dedicated to the advocacy of public schools, PDK maintains a network of more than 650 chapters in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. At the University of San Diego, PDK chapter 1601 is housed within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, but welcomes members from across campus and among alumni.

SOLES Graduate Student Association

The SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA) is a student-governed association supporting the development of a professional, scholastic, and social community in SOLES. The SGSA hosts a number of events for students and faculty, including the SOLES Holiday Party, local volunteering trips, and networking socials. The SGSA also awards professional development, research-oriented grants to SOLES students.

SOLES Latino Graduate Student Association

The SOLES Latino Graduate Student Association (SLGSA) seeks to support Latino/a graduate students, encourage scholarly study of Latino culture, and educate the university and surrounding communities about the unique experiences, backgrounds, strengths, and culture of Latinos. The SLGSA hosts a number of events throughout the year such as the annual Day of the Dead and Cinco De Mayo celebrations in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall.

Student Services and Centers

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation supports intramural sports leagues, a fitness/wellness program, a variety of aquatic opportunities, and a popular community activities program. More than two-thirds of the university community participates in at least one campus recreation program each year. Intramural teams include flag football, softball, speed soccer, volleyball, basketball and innertube water polo. Outdoor Adventures offers outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, surfing and skiing. The Sports Center and the Missions and McNamara fitness centers provide facilities for lap swimming, tennis, cardio and strength training, and group exercise classes.

Career Services

Career Services provides professional development and job search resources for graduate students in all academic divisions, from career counseling and resume reviews to workshops, internship leads, on-campus interviews and networking opportunities. The office also holds regular career fairs and professional development expos throughout the year. In addition to their regular services, Career Services holds weekly office hours in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall for SOLES students.

Center for Inclusion and Diversity

The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) was established to advise on issues, policies, and practices that affect the University of San Diego's commitment to inclusion and diversity. The CID's purpose is to promote awareness and discussion to form collaborative relationships across campus through forums, events and initiatives.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center's core purpose is to enhance the emotional, relational, and psychological well-being of students. The center strives to facilitate students' personal growth and enhance their academic success through accessible, culturally congruent clinical and outreach services. Professional counselors are available to meet with students for personal and psychological counseling, and psychiatric evaluation and community referrals are available.

Credential Office

Our SOLES Credential Office handles requirements and paperwork to recommend students in the Learning and Teaching, School Counseling and ELDA programs to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for their credentials. The Credential Analyst works with students to guide them through the credentialing process.

Dining Services

University's award-winning Dining Services offers a variety of food service options including Bert's Bistro coffee bar and cafe in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, the Torero Tu Go mobile food truck, fine dining at La Gran Terraza restaurant, fresh and frozen groceries at Tu Mercado, a weekly on-campus farmer's market, and more. Graduate student meal plans are available.

Disability Services

Specialists at the University's Office of Disability Services provide resources for students with documented disabilities and facilitate academic support services and accommodations to maximize independence. The office also consults with students who have temporary disabilities and students with health-related dietary restrictions.

Graduate Housing

Graduate and law student housing is available at the Presidio Terrace Apartments and the Manchester Village Apartments. Graduate student housing consists of furnished apartments for one or two occupants, and can accommodate married students. Utilities, cable TV, wireless Internet, and maintenance are included.

Graduate/Law Student Ministry

Graduate students of all religious traditions, as well as those still searching for their religious identity, are encouraged to take part in University Ministry’s liturgies, immersion trips, local service opportunities (including monthly service trips to Tijuana), retreats, small faith-sharing communities, pastoral counseling and companionship, scripture study, and all-faith services. Graduate/Law Student Ministry offers opportunities for community-building and reflection, including Theology on Tap, retreats, and immersion and service programs.

Libraries

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library and the Pardee Legal Research Center together house more than one million volumes, periodicals, journals, rare books, collections of reference works and legal materials. Both facilities belong to the San Diego Circuit library consortium, which links the substantial collections of four university libraries and the San Diego County Library for student and faculty use.

Military and Veteran Students

The University of San Diego is committed to serving our active duty and veteran students and their families. Support services are available and the Veteran's Affairs Office assists our veteran students and family members in receiving educational benefits, including the USD Yellow Ribbon scholarship.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The presence of international scholars at the University of San Diego helps to promote global awareness on campus and increase understanding of cultural, political, environmental and social issues among citizens of different nations. The Office of International Students and Scholars provides educational activities and is a resource for international students during their transition in a new culture. The office also serves as a liaison between the university and federal agencies, as well as international organizations and consulates around the world. International students at SOLES also partake in educational and social events organized by our own international student liaison, Julia Holladay.

One Stop Student Center

The One Stop Student Center consolidates the business transactions of Financial Aid, the Registrar, and Student Accounts to provide excellent customer service to students. Cross-trained counselors are available on a walk-in basis to assist with concerns regarding financial aid, registration, billing and payment.

Safe Space Allies

The Safe Space Allies Network enhances the ability of students, staff, administrators and faculty to demonstrate proactively and personally the University's core values of community, inclusion, and respect for all - regardless of sexual orientation or other identity. Also housed in the United Front Multicultural Center is the Rainbow Educators program, a group of students, staff, alumni/ae and faculty who create and present workshops at the University of San Diego on sexual orientation and other diversity issues.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides graduate students with medical care for acute illnesses, minor injuries, ongoing medical conditions and preventative treatments such as vaccinations. Student health insurance plans are available.

Student Life Pavilion

The hub of student life since its opening in fall 2009, the 50,000-square-foot Student Life Pavilion (SLP) features large, open workspaces and student lounges, a dozen sophisticated dining options, a full-scale natural foods grocery store, and offices for student organizations and media. The SLP is the first building on campus awarded the prestigious LEED certification for environmental practices.

The SLP hosts the Graduate and Law Student Commons, a group study and meeting space that fosters community and hosts programs including the Leaders on Campus breakfast, career development workshops, faculty luncheons, wellness programs, wine and cheese mixers, graduate women’s circles and San Diego excursions.

United Front Multicultural Center

The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) engages the University of San Diego community in exploring and affirming the unique identity of each person. The Center fosters an environment where student leaders feel empowered to become change agents for social justice and builds relationships with faculty, staff, students and community members to develop a foundation that honors and values diversity. The UFMC serves as an educational resource, working to contest the dominance of prejudice and intolerance, and works to enact the values of the University as "a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community ...marked by protection of the rights and dignity of the individual."