New Parents (Class of 2024)

Congratulations and Welcome to the Torero Family!

We'd like to congratulate and welcome you and your student into the Torero family. As you support your student through the college selection process, please read below to see how we can help support you.

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.

New Torero Parent and Family Checklist


  • Sign up for Summer Send-Off Informationals and Socials! Informationals will give you the latest information throughout the summer, and Socials will connect you live, virtually, with Toreros near your hometown and you can get your questions answered. This month's Informational will air on Wednesday, June 17th. Watch for notifications or view at a later date here.
  • Ensure your student has checked their MySanDiego portal for any outstanding financial aid requirements.
  • Your student should pick a meal plan before July 1 (or the lowest required plan will be assigned to their account).
  • Students must submit immunization forms to the Student Health Center by July 1. Click here for information on required immunizations and TB screenings. If your student has questions or concerns about their submission, they should send a message to the Immunizations Team on their MyWellness portal.
  • Send Academic Information: In order to make sure your student gets the right classes, we need their official high school transcript showing graduation date, AP and IB scores, and transcripts of any college work they’ve completed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. USD's school code is 4849. These are due June 30th! Unfortunately, we are unable to accept screenshots of grades or unofficial transcripts.


  • If you haven’t already, sign-up to attend a regional Summer Send-Off Social for Parents and Families.
  • See details on virtual Parent and Family Orientation.
  • Plan ahead! If you need a place to stay, we have a great partnership with Bartell Hotels which offers Torero families discounted rates.
  • View the New Torero Webcast. Click here to register.
    • Thursday, July 9, 6 PM PST – “Get Down to Business: Paying Your Bill, Getting Your Aid and Avoiding Long Lines”
  • Summer Send-Off Informational #2: Wednesday, July 15. You and your student are invited and encouraged to view the second of three Summer Send-Off Informationals. If you miss it, you can view it on the Orientation or Parent and Family Relations website.
  • If you would like access to your student’s educational documents and information, per federal law your student must authorize your access by completing FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act) on their portal. Once classes begin, only those granted access will be able to view information on the portal and speak to university representatives about your student’s information.
  • Online Wellness Course: As part of our commitment to the well-being of our students and the larger USD community, all new undergraduate students are required to complete an online prevention-based wellness education course series. For instructions, deadlines, and more information about this course requirement, visit the New Student Education If your student has an on-going psychological or physical health condition, needs access to prescription medication, or has a documented disability requesting accommodation, they will need to contact the appropriate Wellness unit prior to arriving on campus


  • If you haven’t already, sign-up to attend a regional Summer Send-Off Social for Parents and Families.
  • If you haven’t already, learn more about our virtual Parent and Family Orientation.
  • Coming to San Diego and need a place to stay? We have a great partnership with Bartell Hotels which offers Torero families a discounted rate.
  • Summer Send-Off Informational #3: Wednesday, August 12. You and your student are invited and encouraged to view the third Summer Send-Off Informational. If you miss it, you can view the entire series on the Orientation or Parent and Family Relations website.
  • Tuition payment is due this month. Click here to learn how to make a student account payment on behalf of your student.
  • Order course materials. The Torero Store has everything you could want for classes, including the textbooks needed for classes.
  • Sign up for Health Insurance. We want to make sure your student is covered for anything, so health insurance is required to attend USD. Learn more about USD's health insurance requirements, then submit an online form to actively enroll in or waive USD’s Health Insurance Plan requirements for all USD students. Actively enroll in or waive the USD Health Insurance Plan by September 14. 
  • It’s time for your student to submit their ID Card Photo. The Torero ID card will give them access to services both on and off campus. To submit their photo for their ID card, students must log in to their MySanDiego Portal, navigate to the "Torero Hub" tab and the "My Torero Services" sub-tab, and search for "Upload your Photo." 
  • Save the date for Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 15-18, 2020!