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The University of San Diego Alumni Association

The mission of the University of San Diego Alumni Association is to create and nurture a lifelong relationship between the university and its alumni. “Engaging alumni on behalf of our students” is the vision statement of the Alumni Association and is realized through a focus on the interaction of alumni and current students. Student involvement in Alumni Association events and programs exposes students to alumni for networking, professional development, mentoring and tradition sharing. In addition, students learn about the important role of alumni in the growth and advancement of their alma mater. The Alumni Association also strives to financially support students through a comprehensive scholarship program (USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund) and annual gifts to support the Universities’ top priorities (Alcalá Alumni Fund).

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the USD Alumni Association represents the interests of 54,000+ alumni in all 50 states and around the world and manages the strategic direction of the Association. Some of the programs supported by the Alumni Association include Homecoming and Reunions, USD Wine Classic, regional alumni outreach, student scholarships, student and alumni networking events and Alumni Honors. Alumni special interest groups include School of Business Administration Alumni Council, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Alumni Council, Law Alumni, Real Estate Alumni and Alumnae of the Sacred Heart. If you have questions about the USD Alumni Association please contact the office at (619) 260‑4819 or go to

Campus Card Services

The Campus Card Services Office (CCSO) is responsible for the administration of the CampusCash pre-paid services plan, maintenance of meal plans, distribution of university identification cards, administration of the ONITY door lock system, and the Student Telephone system, including distribution of “Personal Billing Numbers” (PBN).

USD departments utilizing the services of the CCSO include:

  • All Dining Services facilities
  • Academic Computing
  • Athletic Center
  • Cardiff Coffee
  • Career Services
  • Copley Library
  • Housing and Residential Life (Door Access)
  • Jenny Craig Pavilion
  • Mail Center
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • School of Business Administration (Door Access)
  • Student Health Center
  • Ticket Booth
  • USD Torero Store

Additional off-campus vendors include:

  • Domino’s Pizza (off-campus)
  • Ryan’s Café
  • Olive Cafe

Additional services and departments will continue to be added in the future.

VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and CampusCash are accepted for your convenience.

The CCSO is located in the University Center, Room 127, downstairs in the lower northwest corner. The office is open Monday through Friday. For hours of operation go to For more information or to contact them, call (619) 260‑5999 or email

Career Services

Career Services promotes the professional development of graduate students and alumni. Emphasizing a personal approach to career planning, the staff offers responsive advising on issues such as résumé writing, interviewing and career decision-making.

Career Services collaborates with alumni, faculty and student organizations to support career events throughout campus. The office also coordinates employer presentations, on-campus interviewing, a resource library, and a career planning website with job and internship listings.

Located in Room 110 of the Hughes Administration Center, the main Career Services office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday until 6 p.m. For more information, go to, email, or contact the office at (619) 260-4654.

Additional career resources and services for MBA students, including advising, workshops, and a speaker series, are managed through the MBA Career Services in KIPJ 221B. The telephone number is (619) 260-5910, and the website is

Dining Services

USD’s award-winning Dining Services is committed to enhancing our guest’s experience through outstanding food and services, culinary excellence, customer feedback and campus social responsibility. Our dining locations provide much more than sustenance — we provide a place where students gather to study, socialize and interact. We believe that “breaking bread together” is a unique aspect of dining on campus that fosters community and enriches one’s USD experience.

Dining Services, a self-operated auxiliary, also includes: La Gran Terraza restaurant, USD Catering (the university’s exclusive caterer); campus vending; and athletic concessions.

For additional information on meal plans, job opportunities, contact information and more, go to

Graduate Student Associations

The graduate student associations are funded by graduate student fees to enhance the intellectual and social life of graduate students. The organizations include: the Graduate Student Association in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Graduate Business Student Association; the Graduate Student Association in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences; and the Graduate Nursing Students’ Association. There is also a Graduate Student Council with a representative from each of the schools and the college. Each organization elects its own slate of officers to represent it before the university administration and each association functions as a service organization. Although not every association provides the same services, many hold social functions throughout the year, provide scholarship assistance, award fellowships, and assist students with job placement.

Mail Center

The Mail Center is located on the eastern end of the ground floor of Loma Hall. Mail boxes are provided in the lobby area for students who reside in Maher, Camino, and Founders Halls, Mission Crossroads, and the Alcalá Vistas. Manchester Village residents have mailboxes located down the hall from the lobby in Building II. When available, non-resident students may rent mailboxes in Loma Hall at a cost of $25 per semester.

Service window hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Stamps may be purchased as well as postage for domestic parcels. UPS and Federal Express services are also available.

Residential Life

Campus housing is offered for graduate and law students in two areas: the Presidio Terrace Apartments, 43 one-bedroom apartments located on Linda Vista Road; and Manchester Village Apartments, located on the east end of campus where tram service is available. Manchester Village apartments have either two single bedrooms with private bathrooms, shared living and dining areas and kitchens, or a four bedroom, two bath (where two of the four bedrooms may be used as office/study rooms), shared living and dining areas and kitchens. Each bedroom is individually wired Internet access and phone service is available. Manchester Village includes study rooms, a laundry room, and two levels of underground parking and an updated fitness center. All campus apartments are fully furnished.

The residents will sign academic year contracts that offer special extended contract occupancy periods of August 29 through May 28 (Graduate) and August 15 through May 14 (Law) with continuous occupancy (including Christmas break, intersession, and spring break). Current rates are available on the Residential Life website, Summer housing and early August move-ins can be arranged by contacting the Department of Residential Life at (619) 260-4777.

These room fees include utilities, Internet access, and cable television, which would cost more than $150 per month off campus. These apartments are furnished with a matching living room sofa and chair, dining table and chairs, desk, chest of drawers, refrigerator, microwave and stove. The bedrooms have full-sized beds or two twin-beds that can be joined together.

Interested graduate and law students who will be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2011 can request campus housing for the fall by making a nonrefundable $250 room reservation prepayment at the Cashier’s Office, located in the Hughes Administration Center, and then contacting the Department of Residential Life in the Mission Crossroads Building to request the Housing and Dining Services Contract packet. Applications will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis and a waiting list will be kept when all apartments have been reserved for the fall.

The Department of Residential Life website provides a link to assist graduate students of the University of San Diego to locate off-campus housing accommodations. Visit for more information. For graduate students looking for housing, the Off-Campus link is very useful. This page links up with the San Diego Union Tribune, Apartments for Rent, On-line Rental Guide and Apartment Guide.

Test Preparation Courses

The University of San Diego offers courses to prepare students for the LSAT, GMAT and GRE.Free sample classes are held on-campus to acquaint students with exam questions, general test-taking skills and details of the courses.
Weeknight and weekend schedules are available. Discounts are offered to members of USD Clubs and Organizations that host guest speakers, benfits-earning employees of USD, and those serving in the US military.

The Test Preparation Office is located in Barcelona, Room 204; (619) 260-4579.
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University Copy

USD’s full-service copy shop is located behind Maher Hall — right around the corner from Aromas coffeehouse. Output services include printing from digital files, B/W and full color photocopying on a wide variety of paper stock. We now offer large format poster printing. Bindery services include coil, tape and comb binding, cutting, folding, perforating, padding, collating, stapling, laminating, and shrink wrapping. Notary services are also available by appointment.

All of our current copier papers are recycled or FSC-Certified and rain forest alliance approved.
University Copy is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; phone: (619) 260‑4890; fax: (619) 260‑2316;

USD Torero Store

The USD Torero Store, located in Loma Hall, stocks all required textbooks (new, used, rental and ebooks) and school supplies. In addition, you will find a selection of general books, office and art supplies, USD clothing and USD merchandise, cards, gift items, stationery, bags, and magazines. The USD Torero Store also carries computer hardware, software, and computer supplies, and offers services such as faxes, ink refill, online orders, special orders and mail orders. All major credit cards are accepted.

Regular Semester Hours:
Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday Closed
(Extended hours provided at the beginning of each semester.)

The USD Torero Store Express Store carries a wide variety of snack items and other sundries.
Regular Semester Hours:

Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday Closed

(Extended hours provided at the beginning of each semester.) To confirm hours, or if you have any questions, please call (619) 260‑4551 or go to

International Center

The University of San Diego is committed to actively promoting awareness, appreciation, and respect for the complexity of cultural, political, environmental, and social issues worldwide while creating a campus environment that builds theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today’s global society. To that end, the USD International Center houses both the Office of International Studies Abroad and the Office of International Students and Scholars, which collaborate with various units across campus to help internationalize the USD campus.

Office of International Studies Abroad

USD students in good standing may apply for a variety of international study abroad programs affiliated with the university. Each of the individual schools and colleges offer graduate level study abroad opportunities. For more information about these opportunities, please see page 35. To contact the Office of International Studies Abroad, please call (619) 260-4598 or go to www.sandiego/edu/international.

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars is responsible for all immigration matters that affect international students and exchange visitors attending USD on non-immigrant visas. It serves as the liaison between USD, the Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of State. It also monitors USD and its international students’ and exchange visitors’ compliance with federal and state immigration laws and regulations, and the academic progress of all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas.

The Office of International Students and Scholars is in close contact with foreign governments, embassies, and international organizations. The office provides immigration advising for international students, exchange visitors, and all departments at USD that engage in research and academic exchanges with institutions outside the United States.

The Office of International Students and Scholars is also responsible for the welfare of all its international students and scholars. The office acts as a resource and support to international students and scholars in the transition to a new culture and environment. Assistance and advising is provided regarding the procedures, expectations, and requirements of the U.S. academic system and the opportunity for the entire campus community to interact in order to promote and encourage globalization. The Office of International Students and Scholars provides a myriad of educational, informational, and social programs that include but are not limited to:

  • International Student/Scholar Orientation
  • Health care issues in the U.S. and health insurance enrollment
  • Career planning and employment issues in the U.S. as a non-immigrant
  • Opportunities for Community Service
  • International Coffee Hours
  • International Dinners
  • International Movies
  • Holidays Celebrations

The Office of International Students and Scholars is housed in the International Center located in Serra Hall, Room 315; (619) 260-4598; go to

Campus Recreation

The Recreation Center offers members of the university community many opportunities to use their leisure time constructively and to complement USD’s academic experience. Students are encouraged to use the facilities of the Sports Center at the east end of campus. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, a six-basket gym, two indoor volleyball courts, four tennis courts, and exercise rooms. Other on-campus facilities include the Jenny Craig Pavilion Fitness Center, Mission Café Fitness Center, Manchester multi-use field, softball field, soccer/multi-use field by the Mission Crossroads. In addition, sailing, water-skiing, and surfing facilities and equipment at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center are available on a fee basis for use by the USD community.

Students may also participate in the many recreation classes offered by the Campus Recreation department. Some of the classes include: golf, scuba, martial arts, yoga, dance, tennis, swimming, fitness, and many additional leisure activity courses. In addition, students are encouraged to sign up as free agents or organize teams to participate in the more than 20 intramural leagues. Other leisure programs available throughout the year include a swim training program, massage therapy, injury rehabilitation, and Fit and Active. Fit and Active is a flexible program which enables participants to take an unlimited number of fitness classes per week on an exclusive drop-in schedule for one low fee. For additional information, contact the Campus Recreation Office at (619) 260‑4533.

Intramural Sports

With a full schedule of men’s, women’s, co-recreational teams, and individual sports activities, the intramural program offers every student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to participate in competitive as well as recreational sports. Activities include softball, football, basketball, floor hockey, bowling, tennis, soccer, golf, running events, volleyball, dodge ball, table tennis, and inner tube water polo. Additionally Campus Recreation has a Grad/Law Recreation program designed specifically for graduate and law students. This program includes intramural leagues for graduate students only and community special events for graduate students.

Sports Clubs

Sports clubs are student-registered organizations, which are administered through the Campus Recreation department. Some of the competitive clubs include: men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, equestrian team, surf team, men’s water polo, water ski team, ultimate frisbee team, baseball team, kiteboard club, dancesport, and roller hockey team. These clubs compete in league and national collegiate club memberships. In addition there are recreation clubs that include: tango, dance, scuba dive, and the recreation activities club. These clubs may compete in competitions; however they tend to sponsor recreational activities as their primary function. Individuals can join competitive clubs through the respective club tryout process. For more information on sports clubs go to

Community Activities

The Community Activity program brings together many organizations and departments within the university to offer social events and activities that enhance the campus community. Some of the events include Fridays in the Valley, Recreation Raids, Family Weekend golf tournament, Campus Challenge Beach Volleyball, Halloween at the Sports Center and many other fun packed events. These events are marketed through the Campus Recreation office and sign up for these events can be accessed through the Campus Recreation registration page.

Campus Fitness

The Campus Fitness program is part of the university initiative on wellness. The main focus of this program is offered through the Mission Café and Fitness Center and includes offerings and informal usages at the McNamara Fitness Center as well as the Sports Center. Some of the programs include the ever popular Fit and Active program, personal training, credit fitness classes, wellness workshops, and informal usage of the fitness centers.

Student Wellness

If you or someone you care about is in need of assistance, or could benefit from our services, visit for information on how to access services, or call us to discuss your concerns. All of the wellness services are confidential and available to enrolled students free of charge.

Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP)

Hahn University Center, Room 161
(619) 260-4618

The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP) serves the USD student community through educational opportunities, prevention campaigns, campus-wide programs, assessment initiatives and individualized interventions. CHWP empowers students to make healthy choices and create a university climate conducive to the overall success and well being of the individual student and campus community.
Individual consultations and assessments leading to personalized recommendations and support are available on a variety of wellness matters (e.g. problematic drinking, smoking cessation, nutrition). Group services provide opportunities for students to obtain important wellness information, seek support from peers, and enhance one’s ability to make healthy choices. CHWP also provides 12-step support services for students seeking to address substance dependence.

A variety of student leadership opportunities are available through CHWP. Peer education groups serve the USD community by sponsoring education and outreach activities to promote healthy choices. Peer education efforts are focused on raising awareness of wellness issues affecting today’s college student. Peer outreach programs address sexual assault and the risks associated with problematic drinking, substance abuse, and other related health behaviors and concerns.

CHWP provides students with access to web-based assessment tools that provide personalized information to students about risks associated with their individual health and wellness behaviors.
CHWP sponsors College Cab, a safe ride program that is funded through USD Associated Students. This program provides a safe ride to students who find themselves in any situation that places them at risk (e.g. being stranded for any reason, car trouble, wanting to leave an uncomfortable situation). For further details and regulations please visit the CHWP website.

CHWP Hours and Staffing: To schedule an individual appointment, workshop, or training, and/or for additional information about our programs and services, please call (619) 260-4618 or stop by our office in Hahn University Center, Room 161.

Counseling Center (USDCC)

Serra Hall, Suite 300
(619) 260-4655

During their time at the university students navigate significant personal developments that can be intellectually, socially, and emotionally taxing. Consistent with the university’s mission of holistic education, the University of San Diego Counseling Center (USDCC) engages in a broad range of services designed to support the personal and academic development of students. Professional psychologists, psychologists-in-training, and a consulting psychiatrist employ brief treatment modalities to address students’ emotional and psychological needs as students work to realize their academic potential.

    • Counseling Services: Many students experience difficulties as they adjust to university life; stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, body image concerns, and relationship issues are common. Currently enrolled students may receive an assessment with recommendations for appropriate treatment and services. Depending on student needs and counselor availability, recommendations may include services provided by USDCC, services provided by other professionals on campus, or services provided by psychiatrists, drug/alcohol abuse specialists, psychologists, nutritionists, or other professionals in the community. USDCC services are offered at no cost to students, and may include individual or group counseling and psychiatric consultations.
    • Prevention and Education: The USDCC also stresses the importance of preventive educational interventions. In coordination with the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, USDCC staff provides interactive presentations, workshops, and other forms of educational outreach to students, parents, staff, and faculty. These programs help maintain a campus climate that supports the optimal functioning of the diverse student population.
    • Psychological Consultation: Counselors are available to students, parents, staff, and faculty for consultation on mental health issues. These consultations can occur by telephone or in person, and can address any number of concerns, but often serve to help members of the campus community determine whether and how to make a referral to the USDCC.
    • Academic Consultation: Academic consultation is available to all students desiring to improve their academic performance. Counselors provide a variety of assessments and recommendations, including academic counseling, screenings for possible learning disabilities (coordinated through Disability Services), personal counseling, and referrals for tutoring or peer academic support services. Help with test-taking strategies, time management, stress management, and other coping skills are available as well. Students on academic probation are particularly encouraged to use these services.

    Hours and Staffing: The Counseling Center is located in Serra Hall, Suite 300. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with extended hours on Wednesdays until 6 p.m. when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Walk-in hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with extended walk-in hours on Wednesdays until 5 p.m. when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. The Counseling Center can be reached at (619) 260-4655. For after-hour emergencies, the counselor on-call can be reached by calling the Department of Public Safety at (619) 260-2222.

Disability Services

Serra Hall, Suite 300
(619) 260-4655

Disability Services at USD provides specialized resources and services to enrolled students with documented disabilities. These services include academic accommodations, disability management counseling and coordinating with other departments (e.g. housing, parking, public safety) to provide assistance.

To receive support from Disability Services, students must first contact our office and submit valid documentation. For each type of disability, there are specific requirements that must be met for documentation to be considered valid. These requirements are described on our website.

Once the disability has been verified by Disability Services, each request and/or recommendation for an accommodation is examined on a case-by-case basis and is implemented with consideration of the student’s present needs, supporting documentation and the core requirements of each class. It is the goal of Disability Services to promote maximum student independence.

Our office also offers consultation to students with temporary disabilities (e.g. physical injuries such as broken limbs, etc.) and to students who have health-related dietary restrictions.

Students who intend to request services are encouraged to contact our office (619) 260-4655 as soon as possible to discuss documentation and any other issues.

Student Health Insurance

USD provides options for domestic students to purchase health insurance coverage or supplement an existing plan. For information about USD’s Student Health Insurance Plan go to Health insurance is mandatory for incoming law students and all international students.

Student Health Center (SHC)

Camino Hall, Room 161
(619) 260-4595

Hours: The SHC hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (closed 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).

The Student Health Center is available for all students attending the University of San Diego. High-quality and convenient outpatient medical care is provided for acute illness, minor injuries and other on-going medical problems. Preventive care, including well-woman and well-man check-ups, study abroad physicals, immunizations, and health education is also available. The clinic staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, nurses, medical assistants, and administrative support staff. Students may make advance appointments for preventive care. Students may make same-day or advance appointments, or may be “triaged” by a registered nurse, who will assess the student’s condition and determine the need for urgent attention by our medical staff. A nurse practitioner/physician assistant/physician is available to answer urgent health questions after hours, weekend and holidays and can be reached via public safety at (619) 260-2222. Emergency Care is not within the scope of services offered by the Student Health Center. For medical emergencies off-campus, dial 911. For on-campus emergencies, call public safety at (619) 260-2222.

If you are a student, there is no fee to be seen by a healthcare provider at the Student Health Center. However, diagnostic exams and minor procedures, such as electrocardiography (ECG), cryotherapy, suturing or laboratory work, require a minimal fee that is payable by check, credit card, or CampusCash directly to the Health Center at the time of service. In addition, many low-cost prescription and over-the-counter medications are available for purchase at the Health Center. Students have the option of obtaining and paying for these services at the Health Center, or being referred to other facilities or pharmacies in the community. Students that need X-rays or lab work that is not available at the Health Center will be referred to nearby off-site locations. Student Health Center providers can also make referrals to specialists in the community.

All students are encouraged to have medical insurance coverage that has a minimum benefit for emergency care, as this is NOT provided via student fees. Students should also be aware of whether they have a pharmacy benefit. Although the SHC does not provide insurance billing, a receipt for services can be provided for the student to submit. Health insurance information is available on the Student Health Center website at

The University is not responsible for provision or cost of medical care rendered off campus.

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