First Year Parents

We'd like to congratulate and welcome you and your student into the Torero family. You've made it through supporting your student during the college selection process, preparing for the transition over the summer (and hopefully attending a Summer Send-Off), and move-in and Parent Orientation..

So, what's next? Please take a look at the below list of Fall 2019 important dates and deadlines. Click here for the full academic calendar. 

Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2019
August 31 Move-in
August 31 - September 1 Parent Orientation
August 31 - September 3 OLE! Weekend
September 4 Classes begin
October 18 Fall Holiday (no classes)
November 27 - 29 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 13 Last day of classes
December 14 - 15 Study Days
December 16 - 20 Final Examinations

While your student receives many resources and information to help with the transition from high school to college or from a previous college to USD, we recognize that parents are also adjusting. First-year students have a lot of "firsts" during the year and transfer students should not assume that all colleges operate the same way. The same holds true for parents of both first-year and transfer students. Perhaps this is your student's first time away from home, first time living with a roommate, first college exam, or their adjustment to a medium size liberal arts Catholic university with smaller class sizes. Regardless, the Office of Parent and Family relations is here to support you as parents during this time of adjustment, as well as during your student's time here and beyond. 

Your student is now in a developmental stage of new experiences: independence, freedom, pressures, responsibilities, new city, new state or even new country. This emotional transition can be both exciting and nerve-racking and is very normal. The W- Curve, a predictable pattern of stages which occurs when a person experiences a new culture, will help you understand your student's transition to USD. As you may be adjusting your role as a parent to a college student, we encourage you to continue supporting, listening, and providing advice to your student.

The Office of Parent and Family Relations is here to assist in your transition to USD and we hope you will find the website informative and helpful as questions arise so you can best support your student as they find their way through USD. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.