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Helpful Dates for Out-of-State Students

August

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Wyoming

September

2 - Beyond California Community Welcome

13 - Mass of the Holy Spirit

16 - Begin booking flights home for Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks

October

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Louisiana

19 - Fall Holiday

November

6 - Vote in nation-wide Midterm Elections

21-23 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December

January

21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

31 - All-Faith Service

February

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Texas

7 - Begin booking flights for Spring Break, Easter Break, and/or End-of-the-Year move out

March

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Illinois

1-4 - Begin packing things to take home over Spring Break (this will make end of the year move-out much easier!)

4-8 - Spring Break

April

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

18-22 - Easter Break

May

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia

26 - Graduation Commencement Ceremonies

June

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah

July

1 - Students from the following states begin voting preparations for primary elections: Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin

Creating a Plan for Homesickness

Being away from home for an extended period of time commonly causes feelings of homesickness. The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion has created a list of ways to manage these feelings and serves as a resource for more pressing concerns.

Driving

While drivers licenses from other states are accepted for driving purposes, students from beyond California may want to consult the California Driver Handbook to ensure that you are aware of California's driving laws.

Getting Connected on Campus

This resource is currently being developed. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit Student Involvement!

Get Connected with OOS Students/Faculty/Staff List

USD has a growing number of faculty, staff, and student leaders who are from states beyond California. If you would like to get connected with one of them, please visit our Out-of-State Ambassadors page or our Out-of-State Student Leader, Faculty, and Staff List.

Get Involved Off-Campus

San Diego is a large, bustling city that offers a multitude of opportunities to engage with the wider San Diego community. Below are some opportunities that we encourage you to explore!

Identity-Related Support

As you progress through your journey as a USD student, you may desire resources that are specific to one or more of your identities as a person. Here are some of the centers and offices where you can find dedicated resources!

Resources for Being in San Diego During Breaks

Sometimes, students from beyond California are unable to return to their home state during Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, and/or Spring Breaks. Below are some options that you can explore to facilitate an easier stay in San Diego.

 Spring Break On-Campus Opportunities March 2-10, 2019; Tecolote Canyon Sunset Hike & Dinner, Join staff from Residential Life and Community & Leadership Development as well as Out of State Ambassadors for an evening walk in the canyon! Meet at Missions Crossroads! Thursday, March 7th at 5pm; UC Ticket Office Opportunities, The UC Ticket Office is USD's primary outlet for discount tickets to some of Southern California's greatest attractions! Check out their website to find fun ways to spend your spring break! www.sandiego.edu/tickets; Athletics Events; Mar 01 Fri, Baseball vs. St. John's Fowler Park San Diego, CA 3/1/19; Mar 02 Sat, Women's Basketball vs San Francisco Jenny Craig Pavilion; Mar 02 Sat, Baseball vs St. John's, Fowler Park San Diego, CA 3/2/19, Mar 03 Sun, Baseball vs St. John's Fowler Park, San Diego, CA 3/3/19; Trips and Immersions, Outdoor Adventures and University Ministry both offer trips and immersion experiences to places in and near Southern California. While their Spring Break trips are currently full, we encourage you to inquire with each office about their waiting list and Easter Break opportunities! www.sandiego.edu/outdoor-adventures, www.sandiego.edu/ministry; Graduate students, please note that the graduate life office will be open for your use during normal hours; Spring Break Housing, Be sure to check Residential Life's website for information about housing during break! www.sandiego.edu/residentiallife/year-round-housing/spring-housing.php; Campus Dining Hours, Make sure to visit Auxilary Services' website for Spring Break dining hours! www.sandiego.edu/auxiliary/hours; Transportation Options, If you need to go somewhere off-campus during break, USD has a partnership with both Lyft and with Zip Car! www.sandiego.edu/parking/alternative-transportation/zip-car.php; www.sandiego.edu/associated-students/current-initiatives/php; Mass Times; Immaculata, The Immaculata will have normal hours during break, Founder's Chapel, March 3 - No Sunday Mass, March 4-8 - Weekday Mass at 12:15pm, March 6 - No Mass for Peace, March 10 - Sunday Mass at 7pm and 9pm; Campus Recreation, There are still plenty of opportunities to be active on campus during Spring Break, but some facilities will have altered hours! Jenny Craig Pavilion, JCP will have normal hours during break, Missions Fitness Center, MFC will be open 11am-4pm on weekdays during break and will be closed on the weekends during break, For more information about Campus Recreation facility hours, please visit: www.sandiego.edu/campusrecreation/about/hours; Community and Leadership Development; www.sandiego.edu/outofstate

Voting

While you are a student in California, you may want to continue voting in your home state or city's elections. Voting absentee can be done either via mail or in person. Alternatively, you may elect to re-register as a voter in California. For more information, please visit either USD Votes or USA.gov.