Transfer Fall Orientation

We know this is not your first time on a college campus, and we value the experience you will bring to our community. We have a specially designed orientation program to make your transition to USD as seamless as possible. Our goal is for you to:

  • Prepare for classes: Prepare for academic success by connecting with the deans and faculty in your school or college. 
  • Meet your community: Meet the student leaders, faculty, and staff who are here to support you, this semester and beyond.
  • Connect with resources: Receive information about essential resources and connect with campus departments to ensure you have a great start at USD.

All new transfer students are required to attend Transfer Fall Orientation. Be sure to confirm your attendance in your MySanDiego Portal (in the "Admissions" tab, "Announcements" sub-tab) by August 24, and let us know about any accommodations you may require in advance of Transfer Fall Orientation.

Saturday, August 31: Move-in Day for Residential Students

  • New residential first-year and transfer students will move in on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Expect to receive an email from Residential Life with Move-In Day instructions and details on your assigned move-in time.
  • Commuter students are not required to attend orientation on this day.

Sunday, September 1 - Monday, September 2: Transfer Fall Orientation

  • Commuter students will check in for Transfer Fall Orientation and attend their first session on Sunday, September 1. Residential students will continue their program on this day as well.
  • Please note, if you are an international transfer student you are required to attend International Student Orientation in addition to Transfer Fall Orientation. Please book airline tickets accordingly. Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars page for dates and more information.

Tuesday, September 3: Special Sessions

  • A full, detailed schedule will be posted here in August. You can view last year's schedule below:


For information on getting to USD and overnight accommodations, please visit our Important Resources page. For questions regarding Transfer Fall Orientation, please email