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Second Year Experience

Welcome to your second year of school at the University of San Diego!

We are so happy that you are back and we are looking forward to another great year with you.residence_halls

The University assigns a high priority to a student’s second year of college because the second year fleshes out and solidifies the foundation begun in the first year. During the second year, students are focused on establishing personal and educational identities. As a result, students engage in activities in and outside of the classroom moving them towards establishing future directions of study and growth.   

The Second Year Experience at USD consists of a variety of programs and opportunities designed specifically for second-year students. The goal is to help students be successful, have fun and get the most out of their USD experience.

Featured Programs

SYE Abroad Program

This unique study abroad program offers second-year students at USD the opportunity to earn core curriculum credit in one of three exceptional locations during Intersession of 2013: Hong Kong, Seville, and Florence. Students can earn credit in a variety of disciplines such as:

  • Art History
  • Communication Studies
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Languages & Literatures
  • Theology

Students travel with USD faculty and staff to their chosen destination and will engage in the local community. If you are a new student, interested in studying abroad during intersession of your second year, please visit the SYE Abroad Program website for details on how to apply.

SYE Welcome Back BBQ

Residential Life kicks off the year right with a Welcome Back BBQ exclusively for second-year students. This is a chance for all second-year students (including transfers and commuters) to come enjoy some free food, good music, and great company. Look for details on this event in your SYE Program mailing near the end of summer.

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Second-Year Housing

On-campus living at USD only gets better the second time around! Spend your sophomore year living with your classmates in the Alcalá Vista Apartments (aka “The Vistas”), which are the home of the Second-Year Experience (SYE) program. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in programs and utilize services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Additionally, housing is available for second-year students in the San Buenaventura Apartments, Manchester Village and the San Antonio de Padua apartments.

For more information on housing for second-year students, please visit Second-Year Housing.