Spring Orientation

This program is specially designed for incoming first-year and transfer students starting in Spring 2020. We want you to get the essential information you will need to make a smooth transition to USD. Our goal is for you to:

  • Prepare for classes: Prepare for academic success by connecting with the deans and faculty in your school or college. 
  • Meet your community: Meet the student leaders, faculty, and staff who are here to support you, this semester and beyond.
  • Connect with resources: Receive information about essential resources and connect with campus departments to ensure you have a great start at USD.

All new students are required to attend Spring Orientation. Please note, if you are an international first-year or transfer student, you are required to attend both International Orientation and Spring Orientation, which will take place on separate days. Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars for more information on International Orientation.

Wednesday, January 22: Move-In Day for Residential Students and International Orientation

  • New first-year and transfer students who are confirmed to live on campus will move in on Wednesday, January 22 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Expect to receive an email from Residential Life with Move-In Day instructions and details on your assigned move-in time.
  • Please note, if you are an international student you will move in on Tuesday, January 21. Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars for more information on International Orientation.
  • There will be a community meeting for residential students this evening. This meeting is mandatory for all new residential students confirmed to live on campus.

Schedule for Wednesday, January 22:


Schedule for Wednesday, January 22

9:00am - 12:00pm

Resident Student Move-In

9:30am - 3:00pm

International Orientation (International Students Only)

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Take a Trip to Bed, Bath, & Beyond*

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Resident Community Meetings & Dinner

*All sessions marked with an asterisk are optional.


Thursday, January 23: Spring Orientation @ Mission and Ministry Center

  • All new first-year, transfer, and international students are required to attend the sessions on this day.
  • Parents and supporters are invited to attend a separate Parent and Family Orientation on this day. See the student schedule below.
  • The Orientation and Learning Communities Teams have planned an optional social event on Thursday evening to help you meet other students. This event is free to attend and you are encouraged to do so! Spouses and children are welcome, but to allow us to use our resources wisely and have appropriate food counts, please email orientation@sandiego.edu to let us know if you plan to bring family members to the Thursday evening social. RSVP is required - you will receive an email inviting you to attend this event.

Schedule for Thursday, January 23:


Schedule for Thursday, January 23

8:00am - 9:00am

Optional Advising Meetings (for students who don't have classes at this point)* 

9:00am - 9:30am


9:30am - 10:15am

New Student Convocation

10:15am - 10:45am

TLC & Liberal Arts Intro 

10:45am - 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am - 12:30pm

Community Values and Student Code

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Small Group #1 with Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm

Course Meetings

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Small Group #2 (First-Year Students Only)

2:15pm - 3:45pm

College-Specific Academic & Career Readiness Orientations (Transfer Students Only)

3:15pm - 5:00pm

Errands Time (First-Year Students Only)*

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Optional Campus Tour (Transfer Students Only)*

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Errands Time*

5:00pm - 6:30pm

TLC Dinner Social (RSVP required)*

*All sessions marked with an asterisk are optional.


Friday, January 24: Special Sessions Day 

  • There will be several special sessions required of military-affiliated students and those in the accounting and marketing industries.

Schedule for Friday, January 24:


Schedule for Friday, January 24

9:30am - 10:00am

Military-Affiliated Student Breakfast

10:00am - 11:30am

Military-Affiliated Student Orientation

11:30am - 12:30pm

Industry-Specific Sessions

(Accounting & Marketing)




For questions regarding Spring Orientation, please email orientation@sandiego.edu.

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