FAQs for Parents and Families

Please note that all answers listed below are evolving. Information is subject to change based on county directives. Check back here as needed for the latest updates.

Update: On July 29, 2020, USD President James T. Harris III sent out a communication to members of the Torero community which included the following updates:

Due to the continuing progression of COVID-19 and the number of confirmed cases in California and San Diego, neither the State of California nor San Diego County has issued new guidance for institutions of higher education to reopen this fall. Therefore, until we receive further notice, all undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered in a remote learning format. We will continue to move ahead with our fall semester start date of August 17 for undergraduate students. Graduate schools will continue to follow their respective academic calendars.

  • Where can I find a collection of information important to parents related to the fall 2020 semester?
  • Now that the decision has been made to deliver all undergraduate and graduate courses in a remote learning format for the fall 2020 semester, is there a plan for testing and tracing?
  • If the circumstances around COVID-19 change, is USD prepared to return to in-person or hybrid learning?
  • What steps have been made to make remote instruction as seamless as possible?
  • Why is USD charging the same tuition for the fall semester? Doesn’t it cost less to shift to virtual learning
  • How will the decision to move to remote learning impact campus housing?
  • What if a family’s circumstances have changed because of COVID-19 and a student can no longer afford to attend USD?
  • Can we receive a refund for on-campus housing?
  • How does the decision to move to remote learning impact Torero athletics?