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Thank you for your work serving our country. Your education at USD will allow you to continue giving to your community and enhance your own self. USD’s holistic education is focused on the total student, which includes supporting student veterans in the transition from active duty to the USD community for academic and personal growth and success.

This site provides an overview of the available resources to assist you along your path. For more information for Military and Veteran Students, visit

Campus Support Services

Community Resources

Campus Support Services

The USD individuals and offices identified below are available to help you navigate social, academic, financial, and wellness services, and to serve as a network of community and support.

Veteran Student Services Coordinator
Contact: Laura Paquian
Hahn University Center, Room 225
(619) 260-5945

In collaboration with the One Stop Student Center, the Veteran Student Services Coordinator role is to provide every veteran who attends USD with the information and support needed to successfully integrate with the USD community and ultimately, acquire a degree. The coordinator also provides the necessary information to help students understand and use the benefits afforded to them through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Student Veteran Organization is open everyone and all supporters: veterans of all services, their dependants, and advocates of the veteran population. We support and promote veterans and veterans issues, provide peer support, and a solid network of individuals.

One Stop Student Center
Contact: Sybilla Robison 
Hahn University Center, Room 126
(619) 260-7529

The One Stop Student Center’s mission is to assist students and parents with the business of being a student. If you need assistance with registration, financial aid, student account payments and holds, DARS, or any other transaction, please visit us from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wednesdays we are open until 6 p.m. You can also conduct business online through your MySanDiego portal on the one stop tab.

Contact: Marvin Veneracion
Hahn University Center, Room 225
(619) 260- 2700

It is the mission of the USD registrar is to coordinate financial assistance and enrollment in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner as well as to provide the best possible service. USD places no limits on Yellow Ribbon benefits and accepts work study. The student veteran’s benefits specialist will coordinate the application of military educational benefits.

Contact: Emily Knarr
Serra Hall 201
(619) 260-4506

The University of San Diego offers undergraduate degrees in a wide range of majors and minors, graduate degrees with many areas of specialization, several certificate programs, and teacher credential programs recognized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Admission counseling can provide assistance with the application process and credit transfers.

Career Services
Contact: Robin Darmon
Hughes Center 110
(619) 260-4654

USD Career Services welcomes transitioning military personnel and veterans to campus and offers assistance with the career planning and job search process. Employers and graduate schools value the skills and experiences that are unique to those with military experience, including leadership, teamwork, loyalty, problem solving, and international experience. We encourage you to visit during drop-in hours or schedule an appointment for assistance in your transition to the civilian workforce.

Residential Life and Housing
Contact: Dayanne Izmirian, PhD
Missions Crossroads
(619) 260-4777

Student Veterans can be given special consideration with available on-campus living options. If you are or intend to be a resident student, you should contact the Residential Life Office to discuss your individual situation and housing options with the Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life.

University Ministry
Contact: Michael Lovette-Colyer and Father Owen Mullen, Army Colonel (ret.)
Hahn University Center 238
(619) 260-4735

University Ministry provides pastoral and spiritual counseling to the students, faculty, and staff of USD. The University Ministry Center strives to foster a compassionate faith community and a variety of programs designed to promote holistic well-being, as well as serving as a resource for those seeking support as they prepare for the challenges of parenthood. In addition, the staff of University Ministry serves as a resource for those seeking a healthy balance between family life and academics. University Ministry staff members, including ordained and lay ministers, are available for conversation, pastoral counseling, and spiritual companionship. Appointments can be arranged by contacting the University Ministry Center.

Center for Health & Wellness Promotion
Contact: Melissa Halter, PhD
Hahn University Center 161
(619) 260-4618

The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP) provides support, education and services to promote balance and total wellness for students. CHWP strives to increase students' knowledge, facilitate their motivation to change unhealthy behaviors, and support those striving for optimal wellness. . The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion offers individual alcohol and other drug clinical consultations and assessments, education, 12-step facilitation and support, peer education and community referrals.

Counseling Center
Contact: Steve Sprinkle, PhD
Serra Hall 300
(619) 260-4655

The Counseling Center staff is available to listen, counsel, and provide direction to those in need of assistance. Schedule appointments in person or by phone. Walk-in hours are from 11 am. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, extended to 5 pm on Wednesdays. In the event of a mental health emergency, please come directly to the Counseling Center during office hours, or after hours contact the counselor-on-call via Public Safety at (619) 260–2222, or the San Diego 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (800) 479-3339.

Student Health Center
Contact: Pamela Sikes
Maher Hall, Room 140
(619) 260-7765

The Student Health Center provides medical care, support and education for USD Students. The Student Health Center can help with referrals to VA health services, which all veterans have eligibility for five years post service.

Disability Services
Contact: Chris Burden, PsyD
Serra Hall 300
(619) 260-4655

Disability Services will assist in securing academic accommodations for which you may be eligible based on the nature and the impact of your disability. USD provides students with disabilities with accommodations or with modifications to policies and practices in order to ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in all USD programs, services, and activities.

Center for Student Success
Contact: Stephanie Bernasconi
Hahn University Center 114

(619) 260-5995

The Center for Student Success (CSS) offers programs, services, and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. CSS professional staff and peer advisors are available to meet with any undergraduate student experiencing challenges at USD that impact academic performance and persistence.

Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Esteban Del Rio, PhD
Hahn University Center 225
(619) 260-7455

USD believes academic excellence requires a learning community that is characterized by inclusive engagement with diverse peoples and perspectives. The benefits of a rich, diverse learning community are most likely realized when institutions demonstrate high levels of commitment to inclusion and diversity. The Center supports social, academic and cultural discussions and events to reach these goals.

United Front Multicultural Center
Contact: Mayté Pérez-Franco, PhD
Student Life Pavilion 418
(619) 260-2395

The United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC) extends a warm welcome to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. We invite all to experience diverse cultures and traditions, explore identities, engage in dialogue, challenge barriers, build leadership skills, and empower each other to create an intellectually vibrant, socially just, and inclusive community. Stop by for a visit so you can meet our friendly staff and learn about our services, programs, and events. The UFMC is an ideal place to meet, study, relax between classes or visit with friends.

Community Resources

Student Veterans of America

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Vets4Vets Peer Support Group for Iraq and Afghanistan Era Vets