Fall Transfer Checklist

If you plan to start at USD in the Fall of 2020.

Do This First to Receive Academic Advising

We know getting classes is your top priority - it’s ours, too! There are a few things you will need to do before that can happen. For a quick-glance timeline of the below steps, visit the Class Registration tab. 

Claim your USDOne user account and email address.

We want to give you access to the information you want and need. Your USDOne account will help you stay connected and informed on the things that matter - your academic progress, our state-of-the-art resources, the happenings of the Torero community, and more. If you are not sure how to claim your account, these step-by-step instructions should help you. If you have followed the instructions but the system is just not working with you, give our friends at the ITS Help Desk a call - they won’t mind!

Once you have claimed your USDOne account, hit pause on completing the next steps on this list. We want to make sure your new account is active in all of our systems, which can sometimes take a full day. From now on, you will NOT receive any emails to your personal email accounts (Yahoo, AOL, etc.). Be sure to check your USD email regularly for important updates and information!

Submit the Transfer Student Questionnaire.

Are you thinking you want to major in Communication Studies? Or, maybe Marketing? What about Mechanical Engineering? Whatever you choose (and trust us, there is plenty to choose from!), make sure to let us know by submitting the Transfer Student Questionnaire. This is how you’ll declare your major before you arrive in the Fall, and how we’ll help your advisor prepare for your mandatory advising appointment. 

The Transfer Student Questionnaire will be available beginning May 11, 2020. To access it, log in to your MySanDiego Portal and navigate to your New Student Checklist, which is located in the "Admissions" tab and "Announcements" sub-tab.  

Submit official college transcripts.

You've worked hard to be here, and we want to make sure those efforts are accounted for. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to send in all official, final college transcripts through the Fall 2019 semester. Transcripts can be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or sent to admissions@sandiego.edu.

  • In the time of the smartphone, it’s easy to take and save screenshots to your camera roll. As much as we love the powers of modern technology, we can’t accept any screenshots of grades or unofficial transcripts. 
  • If you completed coursework at a foreign university, you’ll also need to submit your transcripts and syllabi for a course-by-course evaluation from WES, ECE or IERF.

Some good news: to receive advising this summer, we won’t need your Spring and Summer 2020 college transcripts on file. We will, however, need those transcripts on file for future advising. Be sure to submit all official, final transcripts for Spring and Summer 2020 as soon as you receive them! 

Confirm your transferred units are in Degree Works.

Any transcripts already received by USD are currently being evaluated to meet core curriculum, major, and minor requirements. Once our friends in the Office of the Registrar have finished evaluating your transcripts through Fall 2019, your transferred units will show up in Degree Works - the university’s degree audit reporting and academic planning system.

  • If a course you had taken at a previous institution is listed as an elective on Degree Works, and you would like to request an additional evaluation to see if it may fulfill a core curriculum, major, or minor requirement, fill out the Petition for Pre-USD Transfer Course Credit form. A Companion Guide is available to guide you in this process.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you’ll receive an email from your school or college with an invitation for academic advising. Check out the Class Registration page for more information.  

Other Required Items

Submit required immunization forms.

We’re as committed to your health and well-being as you are. For step-by-step instructions on submitting your required immunizations forms, head to the Student Health Center’s page on Required Immunizations and TB Screenings. If you have any questions or concerns about your submission, you’ll want to send a secure message to the Immunizations Team directly through your MyWellness portal.

Submit official high school transcripts.

Whether you loved high school or would rather forget about it, you’ll want to make sure to submit your official, final high school transcripts or proof of GED to admissions@sandiego.edu 

Pay your bill or register for a payment plan.

To pay your bill or register for a payment plan, you will need to access your Student Account in your MySanDiego Portal. To access your Student Account, navigate to the "Torero Hub" tab and the "My Student Account" sub-tab.

For more information on this process, visit the One Stop Student Center's Billing and Payment website.

Submit a photo for your Torero ID Card.

As you pose for your picture for your Torero ID card, think about the journey you’re about to embark on. Does it put a smile on your face? Good - now you’re ready for your picture! 

Your Torero ID card will give you access to services both on campus and off. To submit your photo for your ID card, log in to your MySanDiego Portal, navigate to the "Torero Hub" tab and the "My Torero Services" sub-tab, and search for "Upload your Photo." 

International students only: submit all required documents for the Form I-20 and plan to attend International Orientation.

We are so excited to welcome you to our community, and hope you find your time at USD enriching. You can upload the necessary documents to apply for your Form I-20 in your MySanDiego Portal, under the "Admissions" tab and "Announcements" sub-tab. Upon approval, your Form I-20 will be sent to you via express mail. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any questions about the Form I-20.

You’ll also want to visit the Office of International Students and Scholars website for information about mandatory International Orientation and pre-arrival tasks. International transfer students are required to attend both International Orientation and Transfer Fall Orientation.

Enroll in or waive USD’s health insurance.

We want to make sure you are prepped for anything. Learn more about USD's health insurance requirements, then submit an online form to actively enroll in or waive USD’s Health Insurance Plan. 

Complete the online education course series.

As part of our commitment to the well-being of our students and to creating a diverse and welcoming community, all new undergraduate students are required to complete an online education course series. For instructions, deadlines, and more information about this course requirement, visit the New Student Education website.

If you have an on-going psychological or physical health condition, need regular access to prescription medication, or have a documented disability requesting accommodation, please contact the appropriate Wellness unit prior to arriving on campus. 

Participate in New Torero Orientation.

You’ll have a lot of questions before you officially start classes. That’s why we are requiring all new transfer students to participate in New Torero Orientation - so you can get the answers to those important questions. At orientation, you’ll learn what it means to be an engaged member of the community. You’ll explore your passions and take part in unique learning opportunities. Visit the New Torero Orientation website to learn more.

If Applicable Items

Complete all financial aid requirements.

You earned your money - make sure you claim it! You can complete all financial aid requirements on your MySanDiego Portal, including verification documents, loan applications, and information regarding scholarships. To access your financial aid information and accept your award, navigate to the "Torero Hub" tab and the "My Financial Aid (Non-Law)" sub-tab.

For more information on this process, visit the One Stop Student Center's Financial Aid Overview website.

Submit your housing application.

USD sits at the top of a hill, giving students some of the most spectacular views in San Diego. If you would like to enjoy those views 24/7, or if you are required to live on campus, make sure to submit a housing application. Please note that you are required to live on campus for two semesters unless you satisfy at least one of the following:

  • 20 years of age or older by August 15, 2020
  • at least 60 units of coursework completed prior to USD
  • at least four full-time semesters of consecutive coursework completed prior to USD
If you are not required to live on campus, housing is very limited, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. See the Residential Life website for more information.

If you have questions about any of the above steps, email transfer@sandiego.edu.