Pre-Orientation Retreat

August 11-13, 2020


Exclusively for first-year students, the University Ministry Pre-O Retreat offers new USD students the opportunity to make friends, explore their beliefs, settle into your new home, and have a ton of fun before orientation even begins!

An incredible group of upperclass students leads this retreat. They share their experiences at USD, lead small groups, and facilitate conversations about how to live a life of faith while in college. In addition to meeting other students, participants have the opportunity to hike, swim, bust a move in our dance off, and enjoy other awesome activities.

As an added bonus, Pre-O participants move in a few days early, avoiding the rush during orientation. We can’t wait to share this amazing time with you and welcome you to USD!


Important information for the retreat

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why participate in Pre-O?
  • What is the difference between the University Ministry's Pre-O Retreat and Outdoor Adventures Pre-O trips?
  • What are the dates and schedule of the Pre-O Retreat?
  • How do I sign up for University Ministry’s Pre-O Retreat?
  • How much does the retreat cost and what does it include?
  • Is there financial aid available?
  • Is there a student leader that I can get in contact with over the summer?
  • Do you have to be Catholic to attend the Pre-O Retreat?
  • What is expected of the incoming students on the Pre-O Retreat?
  • What are the accommodations like?
  • What is the weather generally like at the Pre-O Retreat?
  • How strenuous are the activities?
  • Drug and alcohol policy?
  • Should my family help me move-in for Pre-O or should they arrive after the retreat?
  • I am flying to San Diego. How do I get from the airport to USD?
  • Is the retreat open to international students?
  • Can I attend both Summer Bridge (through SSS) and Pre-O Retreat?
  • How do I get more information?