Transfer Fall Orientation

Your best opportunity to get connected and find your place at USD.


This program is especially designed for you, a transfer student, to get the essential information you need to make a smooth transition to USD. Our goal is for you to:

  • Get Informed: Find out about the history, mission, and core values that make USD a unique place.
  • Meet Your Fan Club: Meet the student leaders and staff here to support you as a new transfer student this semester and beyond.
  • Find Your Place: Learn about how you can get involved in the Torero community and connect with other new transfers and continuing students.
  • Learn the Ropes: Receive essential information about requirements, resources, and campus departments to ensure you have a great start at USD.

A general schedule is below; optional sessions are identified with an asterisk (*). You are expected to attend all other sessions. A detailed schedule will be provided to you when you check in for Transfer Fall Orientation. Be sure to confirm your attendance in your MySanDiego Portal by August 22. Your parents, family members and guests are invited to attend a separate Parent and Family Orientation offered by the Office of Parent Relations.

Saturday, August 27: Move-In Day for Residential Students

Time Event Description
9:00 am Resident Student Move-In Begins Detailed move-in instructions are available in the USD Arrival Guide for your specific housing area that you will receive later this summer.
4:00 pm Resident Student Community Meeting Learn about the resources available you as a resident student, as well as hall expectations.
5:30 pm            Resident Student and Family Dinner* Meet Residential Life staff and students living in your area and share a meal. Tickets required for guests or family members.
7:30 pm Taste of Torero Program Board* Torero Program Board presents multiple activities including a concert, movie screening, open mic event, games, snacks and more!

Sunday, August 28: Transfer Fall Orientation - Day One

Time Event Description
10:15 am Commuter Fall Orientation Check-In Opens Student not living on campus check-in to receive Fall Orientation Materials. Check-in will be open until 12:45 pm.
11:00 am          Mass of Welcome* All new students and their family members of all denominations are invited to attend.
12:30 pm  Lunch with Orientation Small Group Meet your Transfer Transition Team member and other students in your small group.
Transfer Convocation A special ceremony officially welcoming you into the USD academic community.
Student Panel Hear straight from other transfer students how they found their place and community at USD.
4:30 pm  Night at the San Diego Zoo* Join other new students for dinner and the chance to explore the zoo!

Monday, August 29: Transfer Fall Orientation - Day Two

Time Event Description
10:00 am Welcome from Associated Students The president of USD's student government will welcome you to USD.
Community at USD You will learn what it means to be a USD student, and the expectations we have for you in our community.
      College-Specific Academic Orientation Learn more about your college, major, requirements and resources available to you within your chosen school.
12:15 pm           Lunch with Orientation Small Group
Transfer Preceptorial Meeting Meet your professor and learn about this unique course especially for transfer students.
2:00 pm Campus Tour* A current student will help you find your classes.
5:45 pm Resident Transfer Dinner*
7:30 pm USD Athletics Game* Show your support for Torero Athletics!

For questions regarding Transfer Fall Orientation, please email

Contact Information

Undergraduate Orientation Programs
Hahn University Center 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-5995