New Torero Orientation: Fall Transfer

We know this may not be your first time on a college campus. We know you are joining us with a story of your own. Your Torero experience will be different from what you’ve seen, heard, and done before, so we want to give you the tools to make the most of that experience. Wherever you are coming from, regardless of the reason you are here, we are glad you are starting this journey with us.

All new transfer students are required to participate in New Torero Orientation. Our goal is for you to:

Prepare for classes

You will prepare for classes by learning about academic requirements and opportunities from administrators, faculty, and continuing students.

Meet your community

You will meet other new students and the student leaders, faculty, and staff who are here to support you, this semester and beyond.

Connect with resources

You will receive information about essential resources, and have a chance to connect with representatives from around campus to ensure you have a great start at USD.


If you are an international student, you will also need to participate in International Orientation. Make sure to visit the International Students and Scholars page for more information on International Orientation.

2021 Orientation Schedule

At this time, we are still developing orientation content for 2021. Please stay tuned as we will release information as soon as we are able. Due to COVID-19, plans may remain flexible as the summer continues.

This year’s orientation is designed to provide you with a unique experience throughout the summer as we connect with, inform, and educate you. For part 1 of your New Torero Orientation, you will access an online platform called the Torero Ambassador Network. Within this platform, you will complete themed pathways to guide your learning - "Intro to the TLC & the Liberal Arts," "Week 1 - You and Connection," "Week 2 - You and Community," "Week 3 - You and Campus Resources," and "Week 4 - You and USD." You will also participate in part 2 of your New Torero Orientation, Opening Weekend, on August 15 and 16. 

You are required to participate in New Torero Orientation and complete your pathways, as outlined below.

  • Intro to the TLC & the Liberal Arts
  • Week 1 - You and Connection
  • Week 2 - You and Community
  • Week 3 - You and Campus Resources
  • Week 4 - You and USD
  • Opening Weekend (August 15 - 16)

Did you miss one of your live sessions?

We've recorded some of the live sessions, which you can access below. We encourage you to watch these recordings and take notes, as the content will help set you up for success at USD. To access many of these recordings, you'll need to make sure you are logged in through your USD Zoom account:



There is no opportunity to make up the three Transfer Torero Circles that took place July 20 - August 7.

If you missed your Academic and Career Orientation on August 3, you should have received an email from your school or college with an opportunity to make that session up. Let us know if you did not receive this email.

If you missed your TLC Course Meeting on August 10 or 11, you should have received the recording in an email from your Transfer Scholastic Assistant (TSA). Reach out to your TSA if you did not receive this recording.

If you missed your Meet with your TSA meeting on August 15, you should have received the recording in an email from your Transfer Scholastic Assistant (TSA). Reach out to your TSA if you did not receive this recording.


If you have questions about orientation, email

If you are a student with a documented disability who may require a specific accommodation, please contact the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC) prior to your arrival on campus. Formally registering with the DLDRC will allow USD to work with you to provide appropriate accommodations. For information on disability accommodations, please visit the DLDRC website or contact a DLDRC professional (email:, phone: 619-260-4655)