Admitted Student Guide

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

The Admitted Student Guide is a great resource for admitted students as you prepare to start graduate school at SOLES.

Get to Know Your Program and Department

Select your program from our academics page to view program coursework, faculty biographies, student outcomes and program FAQ's.

SOLES consists of three academic departments:

Living in San Diego

Known for many reasons as "America's Finest City," San Diego has an almost perfect climate with warm, sunny days and cool evenings.

Throughout the year students can take advantage of San Diego's many outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities. The museums in Balboa Park, The Old Globe Theatre, the world famous San Diego Zoo, the beaches, the opera, downtown San Diego and scenic La Jolla are only minutes away.

Unsure of where to live? Check out USD's off-campus housing website for graduate students. The sites includes a map of nearby neighborhoods, community information and resources to assist with housing searches, renter information and roommate finding. You will also find useful information on transportation and parking.

Get to Know Campus

SOLES is located in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the northwest corner of campus. Our building overlooks the city of San Diego and Mission Bay, with views all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Mother Rosalie Hill Hall is home to our faculty offices, the Office of the Dean, and a number of classrooms and seminar rooms. Also in the building is the Warren Auditorium, the Reading Room, two computer labs and Bert's Bistro. If you have not yet had the chance to visit, please contact us to schedule a visit.

Most SOLES classes take place in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. To familiarize yourself with other nearby buildings and campus resources, visit our interactive campus map.

Getting to Campus / Parking Information

San Diego tends to be a car-oriented city. However, the USD campus can be accessed by public transportation, and the trolley in particular is a great way to get around to downtown San Diego, the ballpark, Fashion Valley Mall, and even Mexico! The San Diego Trolley runs every 15 minutes throughout most of the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. The stop nearest our campus is the Morena/Linda Vista stop off the Green Line. You can also exit at the Old Town station and catch a USD tram to campus.

If you want to use the local bus service, you need to take bus route 44 to our campus. Bus schedules differ but service the stop by our entrance every 15 to 20 minutes. For bus maps and timetables, please visit the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) website and check out their reduced student fare rates.

Another way to campus is via the Coaster, which runs 43 miles along the coast with station stops in downtown San Diego, Old Town, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. You can transfer from the Coaster to a USD tram at the Old Town station to reach campus.

Parking On Campus

Students who plan to park on campus will need to display a student parking permit at all times. You can purchase a permit on your MySanDiego portal or by contacting Parking Services.

Most SOLES students park in the garage underneath Mother Rosalie Hill Hall or in the West Parking Structure. A tram runs from the bottom of the West Parking Structure up to Mother Rosalie Hill Hall every 5-10 minutes when classes are in session.

Graduate Student Life

Since its opening in fall 2009, the 50,000-square-foot Student Life Pavilion (SLP) has been the hub of student life at USD. The building 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 hosts the Graduate Student Council and includes 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.

Don't forget to check out our admissions blog to hear about student life first-hand from SOLES' student ambassadors!

There are a number of active graduate student groups on campus including Asian Students International Association (A.S.I.A), the Black Graduate Student Association, the Latino Graduate Student Association and the 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 service opportunities and social events for SOLES students and faculty, including the holiday party and happy hour networking events. The SGSA also awards professional development grants to SOLES students.

Other Important Info

Health Center and Insurance

Prior to registering for classes you will be required to submit immunization records and a TB screening.More information on this requirement can be found on the immunization requirements webpage.

Graduate students who pay a semesterly health fee have access to medical care for acute illnesses, minor injuries, ongoing medical conditions and preventative treatments such as vaccinations through the Student Health Center. Incoming students without medical insurance are required to enroll in a student health insurance plan. If you have alternative coverage then you will be allowed to waive the university coverage so long as your coverage meet the requirements.

Student Accommodations

Students with disabilities are encourage to contact the Office of Disability Services to request accommodations and support. Entering are also welcome to contact the SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach at or by phone at (619) 260-7988 for guidance on accommodations and support. 

International Students

All international students are required to check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) upon arrival in San Diego. Learn more about the check-in process.