Spring Transfer Checklist

If you plan to start at USD in Spring of 2021.



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 our Class Registration page. 

Claim your USDOne user account and email address.

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 and are still having trouble claiming your account, give our friends at the ITS Help Desk a call.

Once you have claimed your USDOne account, please pause on completing the next steps on this list. It can take up to two days for your account to be fully active in all of our systems, and you won't be able to submit your Transfer Student Questionnaire until this has happened.

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, including on the academic advising process.

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 Spring, and how we’ll help your advisor prepare for your mandatory advising meeting. 

The Transfer Student Questionnaire will be available beginning November 16, 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. If you deferred your admission from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 and submitted your questionnaire this past summer, you do not need to re-take the questionnaire. We will use your prior submission to get your major declared for Spring 2021. 

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 and final college transcripts through the Summer 2020 semester. A transfer credit evaluation will determine which of your credits are transferable. Official transcripts can be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or sent to admissions@sandiego.edu.

  • We will not accept unofficial transcripts for the evaluation process. This includes any screenshots or unofficial downloads of grades. 
  • If you've 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.

We won’t need your Fall 2020 college transcripts on file for you to receive advising this winter, or for you to enroll in Spring 2021 classes. However, your Fall 2020 transcripts could aid in this initial advising process, and we will definitely need them on file for future advising. For this reason, you should send in official transcripts for Fall 2020 as soon as they are available. 

Review your transferred units in Degree Works.

Any transcripts already received by USD are currently being evaluated to meet core curriculum, major, and minor requirements. Once the Transfer Analyst in the Office of the Registrar has finished evaluating your transcripts through Summer 2020, your transferred units will show up in Degree Works. Degree Works is 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 in 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 each of 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

Complete Required Immunizations and TB Screening.

We’re as committed to your health and well-being as you are. For step-by-step instructions on completing your health requirements, 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 need 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 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.

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 other pre-arrival tasks. International transfer students are required to attend both International Orientation and Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 learn what to expect in your time at USD, explore your passions, and take part in unique learning opportunities. Visit the Spring Orientation website to learn more.


If Applicable Items

Complete all financial aid requirements.

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.

We have adjusted our housing occupancy for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited the number of spaces available to students for the fall and spring semesters. In order to provide students and families with the ability to determine what is best for their health and safety, USD has waived the two-year residency requirement for the 2020-21 academic year.

Because of this, housing is very limited and priority will be given to first year students. We still encourage you to submit your housing application if you have interest in on-campus housing for the spring semester. Visit the Residential Life website for more information, and please contact their office (housing@sandiego.edu or 619-260-4777) if you have any questions.

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