Fall Registration and New Transfer Student Checklist

Take action now to ensure your transition to USD is as smooth as possible.

MySanDiego Portal Transfer Checklist image

Once you have confirmed your enrollment and submitted your deposit through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you are officially a Torero! You will need to complete several required steps and important tasks prior to registering for courses and attending the first day of classes.

You can view your progress on your New Student Checklist in your MySanDiego Portal (as pictured). A general checklist, helpful hints, and relevant resources are included below for your reference.

If you have any questions, please email transfer@sandiego.edu.

All tasks marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed for you to: 1) request to attend a Transfer Summer Registration Day or 2) be eligible to meet with an academic advisor. You cannot register for courses until you have met with an academic advisor.


1. Claim your USDOne user account and email address*

  • Step-by-step directions are available to assist you in claiming your USDOne account. Contact the ITS Help Desk if you need assistance or are having any trouble claiming your USDOne account.
  • You are encouraged to wait 24 hours before completing the next items on the checklist to ensure your account is active in all USD systems. Be sure to check your USD email regularly for important updates and information, as this is the primary email USD will use to communicate with you. 

2. Complete the Transfer Student Questionnaire*

  • The Transfer Student Questionnaire will be available beginning May 1, 2019. Log in to your MySanDiego Portal and navigate to your New Student Checklist (located in the "Admissions" tab, "Announcements" sub-tab) to complete this brief questionnaire.
  • This brief questionnaire is the first step in the registration process. It is a necessary step you must complete before you can meet with your advisor and be cleared to enroll in courses. The Transfer Student Questionnaire will allow you to submit your major declaration request and indicate your preferences for the one semester Transfer Learning Community (TLC) course you will be placed in. 
    • All transfer students are required to take a TLC course in their first semester to fulfill the First-Year Integration Core Curriculum requirement. 
  • Keep an eye out for an email confirming your questionnaire submission was received. Email transfer@sandiego.edu if you need assistance in changing your major selection. 

3. Submit all transcripts and review your transferred units in Degree Works*

  • If you have not already done so, be sure to submit all official high school and college transcripts through Fall 2018. You will not receive a notification about academic advising until your college transcripts through Fall 2018 have been received and evaluated. Remember to also submit an official transcript that reflects any final Spring 2019 grades as soon as you receive them. Official transcripts can be mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions office, or emailed to admissions@sandiego.edu
    • Transcripts must be official. USD will not accept any unofficial transcripts or screenshots of grades.
    • If you have completed coursework at a foreign university, you must submit the transcript for a course-by-course evaluation from WESECE or IERF.
  • College transcripts already received by USD are currently being evaluated to meet core curriculum requirements. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will be able to view your transferred courses in Degree Works, the University's degree audit reporting and academic planning system.
    • Petition evaluation of a transfer course for USD credit by filling out the Pre-USD Petition for Course Credit form with your academic advisor.
    • Contact Transfer Analyst, Lynne Stearns, if you have questions about transferring courses to meet core curriculum requirements. 

4. Submit required immunization forms.

  • Log in to your MyWellness portal to complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire, enter the dates of your immunizations, and upload your records. Step-by-step instructions are available to guide you.
  • The Student Health Center will review your submitted documentation for verification typically within 48 hours. You will be notified via secure message if any additional documentation is needed. For questions or concerns regarding your submission, please send a secure message to the Immunization Team. 
  • You must submit required immunization forms prior to arrival! Contact the Student Health Center with any questions about immunization requirements.

5. International students only: submit all required documents for the Form I-20.

  • You can download the necessary forms to apply for your student visa online. Contact Undergraduate Admissions with any questions about the Form I-20.
  • Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars page for information about mandatory International Transfer Student Orientation and pre-arrival tasks. International transfer students are expected to attend both International Transfer Student Orientation and Transfer Fall Orientation.

6. Prepare to connect with your academic advisor.

  • You will not be connected with your academic advisor and be cleared to enroll in courses until:
    1. You've claimed your USDOne email account
    2. You've taken the Transfer Student Questionnaire
    3. We've evaluated all official transcripts through Fall 2018
  • Once the above requirements have been met, you will have a few options to connect with an academic advisor.
    • You can attend a Transfer Summer Registration Day. Transfer Summer Registration Days are optional programs offered to help you register for courses and take care of necessary tasks well before Transfer Fall Orientation. Once you have completed the required steps and are eligible to request to attend a Transfer Summer Registration Day, you will receive an email with a link to submit your availability. Submitting your availability to attend does not guarantee you a spot, as spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • If you are unable to attend a Transfer Summer Registration Day, or we are unable to accommodate you due to met capacity, you will register for courses through an alternative process. You will receive an email from your school or college (Business, Arts and Sciences, or Engineering) with additional steps and/or instructions on how to request and schedule an academic advising appointment via phone, Skype, or in person.
  • When you connect with your academic advisor, they will answer any questions you have and lift the advisor hold on your account so you can register for courses.

7. Explore your MySanDiego Portal to:

  • Review and accept your Financial Aid award, if applicable.
    • Contact the One Stop Student Center if you have questions about your financial aid award, bill, or student account. 
  • Complete your on-campus housing application, if you intend to live on-campus. If you will start at USD in the fall, you will be required to live on campus for two semesters unless you satisfy at least one of the following:
    • 20 years of age or older by September 2, 2019
    • 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. Contact Residential Life if you have questions about the transfer residency requirement and housing options.

8. Learn about Student Wellness resources and complete wellness requirements.

  • Learn more about USD's health insurance requirements, then submit an online form to actively enroll in or waive the USD Health Insurance Plan by September 13, 2019. Failure to take action by the deadline will result in automatic enrollment, in which case you will be responsible for the health insurance premium billed to your student account.
  • As part of our commitment to the well-being of our students and the larger USD community, and to remain in compliance with federally mandated requirements (including the Federal Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act), all new undergraduate students are required to complete an online prevention-based wellness education course series which includes AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates. 
    • For instructions, deadlines, and more information about this course requirement, please visit the New Student Education website.
    • A $250 noncompliance fee will be assessed to students who do not fully comply with the course requirements by the deadlines.
  • 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. 

9. Confirm your attendance and participate in Transfer Fall Orientation.

  • All new transfer students are required to attend Transfer Fall Orientation from Sunday, September 1 - Monday, September 2, 2019. Resident transfer students will move in on Saturday, August 31, 2019. 
  • Log in to your MySanDiego Portal and navigate to the "Admissions" tab, "Announcements" sub-tab to confirm your attendance by August 24, 2019. Your parents, family members or supporters are invited to attend a separate Parent and Family Orientation, offered through the Office of Parent and Family Relations.