Spring 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.


Do This First to Receive Academic Advising

Claim your USDOne user account and email address.

  • Step-by-step instructions are available to assist you in claiming your USDOne account. If you are having trouble claiming your USDOne account, contact the ITS Help Desk.
  • You are encouraged to wait 24 hours before attempting to complete 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

Complete the Transfer Student Questionnaire.

  • The Transfer Student Questionnaire will be available beginning November 15, 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 is a necessary step you must complete before you can meet with your academic advisor and be cleared to enroll in courses. The Transfer Student Questionnaire will allow you to submit your major declaration request and indicate other information that will assist us in the advising process.
  • You can only complete this questionnaire once. Keep an eye out for an email confirming your questionnaire submission was received, and email transfer@sandiego.edu if you need assistance in changing your major selection. 

Submit official college transcripts.

  • If you have not already done so, be sure to submit all official, final college transcripts through the Spring 2019 semester to USD. You will not receive a notification about academic advising until your college transcripts through Spring 2019 have been received and evaluated. Official, final transcripts can be mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions office or sent to admissions@sandiego.edu
    • 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.
  • Though we do not need your Summer and Fall 2019 college transcripts on file in order for you to receive academic advising for the Spring 2020 semester, we will need those transcripts on file for future advising. Please submit all official, final college transcripts for Summer and Fall 2019 as soon as you receive them. 

Review your transferred units in Degree Works.

  • 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.
    • 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 in consultation with your academic advisor. A Companion Guide is available to guide you in this process.
  • Contact Transfer Analyst, Lynne Stearns, if you have questions about transferring courses to meet requirements. 

Once the above requirements have been met, you will receive an email from your school or college (Business, Arts and Sciences, or Engineering) with additional steps or instructions on scheduling 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. You must meet with your academic advisor before you can register for courses.

Other Required Items

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, send a secure message to the Immunization Team through your MyWellness portal.
  • You must submit your required immunization forms prior to your arrival for orientationFor questions or concerns regarding immunization requirements, send a secure message to the Immunization Team through your MyWellness portal.

Submit official high school transcripts.

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.
  • Contact the One Stop Student Center if you have questions about your financial aid award, bill, or student account. 

Submit a photo for your Torero ID Card.

  • You will need a Torero ID Card to access a variety of services on campus. To submit your photo for your Torero ID card, access 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.

  • 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 Student Orientation and Spring Orientation.

Enroll in or waive USD's health insurance. 

  • 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 February 5, 2020. 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.

Complete the online wellness education course series.

  • 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 for College and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates. For instructions, deadlines, and more information about this course requirement, 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. 

Participate in Spring Orientation.

  • All new transfer students are required to attend Spring Orientation. If you are a residential student (confirmed to live on campus), you will arrive on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 to move into your assigned residence hall and attend resident specific sessions. If you are a commuter student, you will arrive on Thursday, January 23 for Spring Orientation. Both residents and commuters will attend Spring Orientation on Thursday, January 23. 
  • Your parents, family members and supporters are invited to attend a separate Parent and Family Orientation, offered through the Office of Parent and Family Relations

If Applicable Items

Complete all financial aid requirements.

  • Complete all financial aid requirements on your MySanDiego Portal, including verification documents, loan applications, and information regarding scholarships. To access your Financial Aid information, navigate to the "Torero Hub" tab and the "My Financial Aid (Non-Law)" sub-tab.
  • 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. 

Submit housing application.

  • If you will start at USD in the spring, 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 January 26, 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. Contact Residential Life if you have questions about the transfer residency requirement and housing options.