The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic university that prepares students to be globally competent, ethical leaders working and serving in a complex, ever-changing world.
The University of San Diego is located in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, and the San Diego Harbor. USD’s 5,741 undergraduates take an active role in the wide variety of social, recreational, and service activities that our community has to offer.
Question critically. Think globally. Create change. USD is one of only 30 designated Changemaker Universities in the world, and the learning experience combines top-notch academics with an emphasis on global citizenship and social innovation.
Changemaking and Catholic intellectual tradition intertwine with USD’s liberal arts education to provide a framework for intellectual, cultural, and moral exploration.
You will work closely with the distinguished scholars on our faculty to synthesize ideas, conduct research, and impact the world around you. Working side by side with professors in classes averaging just 22 students, you’ll be challenged to find lasting solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Honors Program and professional/honor societies
The Honors Program is designed to provide students of superior ability and accomplishment with challenges and opportunities that will allow them to discover their potential more fully. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary experiences, research, and a core curriculum of innovative and exciting courses.
In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional societies in their area of study. This includes business, pre-health studies, engineering, education, and arts and sciences. Students who achieve at the highest levels can also be selected to participate in prestigious honor societies such as Mortar Board, the
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Kappa Gamma Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa. Merit Scholarships may be awarded to our highest-achieving applicants. Merit awards are renewable for four years with an adequate academic record and provide $10,000–$25,000 per year for selected students.
From more than 175 clubs and organizations on campus to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center to the museums and cultural experiences in San Diego, at USD you will always have something to do outside the classroom. Our students are busy with activities as diverse and unique as they are, including Associated Students, the United Front Multicultural Center, Outdoor Adventures, the Changemaker Hub, Division I athletics, club and intramural sports, Greek Life, and more.
Internship and career opportunities
The USD Career Development Center assists students in their internship searches as well as their postgraduate pursuits. Students have access to individualized career counseling, a USD-specific online job posting board, graduate school and career fairs, workshops on successful interview techniques and résumé writing, and more. Students can also join career counselors on discipline-specific Torero Treks, where they have the opportunity to visit and network with leading corporations throughout the nation. These resources lead our students to find immediate success after graduation. In fact, 91% of USD’s Class of 2014 received a job offer either before graduation or within three months of graduating.
We look for capable students ofdiverse backgrounds and qualities whoapproach life with energy, curiosity, wit, and compassion. Applicants are expected to present a well-balanced secondary school program of college preparatory courses in English, foreign language, mathematics, laboratoryscience, history, and social science. Since this is the most important factor in the decision, serious candidates should complete five academic subjects each term. SAT/ACT results are used to broaden our understanding of your potential. We will consider some candidates who have evidence of outstanding scholarship not represented by their test scores.
We are also very intensely interested in the person behind your academic history. Extracurricular activities in your school, community, or church as well as employment are important, but they will not compensate for an inadequate academic record. In evaluating your application we avoid rigid rules and treat you as the unique individual you are.
USD At a Glance
• 1,105 freshmen
• 375 transfers
• 5,741 undergraduate
• 2,510 graduate
• 1710–2020 middle 50% admitted SAT
• 26–31 middle 50% admitted ACT
• 48% Catholic
• 97% with Ph.D. or terminal degree
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio
• 22 average class size
• 95% of freshmen living on campus
• 45% of upperclassmen
living on campus
• On-campus housing
available all four years
Seven Academic Colleges:
Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, Nursing, Peace Studie
International Study Programs:
Over 80 programs, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, British West Indies, China, Costa Rica, England, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Semester at Sea, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey; most countries have programs in multiple cities.
Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy
NCAA Division I—17 sports; West Coast Conference; Pioneer Football League
Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, rowing, soccer, tennis
Basketball, cross-country, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving,
tennis, track & field,
Baseball, equestrian, lacrosse, Quidditch, roller hockey, rugby, soccer, surfing, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, waterski, water polo
Extensive competitive and recreational activities
Tuition and Financial Aid:
1–11 units: $1,515 per unit
12–18 units: $44,000 per year
General fee: $586
Room and board: $12,042
Merit Scholarship amounts: $10,000–$25,000
The primary responsibility for financing an education belongs to you and your family. Financial assistance from USD is a supplement to funds provided by you, your family, and other sources. It is intended mainly to provide assistance to new and continuing students who, without aid, would be unable to attend the University. If you request financial aid, you may be expected to meet a portion of your educational expenses by accepting employment, a loan, or both.
What types of assistance are available?
Financial assistance consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus employment. Since funds are limited, need is considered in awarding most financial aid. For certain scholarships, the applicant’s academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and potential are also taken into consideration. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions awards scholarships that recognize achievement without respect to need.
Key Application Deadlines:
First-year applications must be postmarked by:
• Regular admission: December 15
• Late consideration: February 1
Transfer applications must be postmarked by:
• Regular admission: March 1
• Late consideration: May 1
• October 1
College of Arts and Sciences
• Art History
• Behavioral Neuroscience
• Communication Studies
• Computer Science
• Environmental Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Interdisciplinary Humanities
• International Relations
• Italian Studies
• Liberal Studies
• Marine Science
• Political Science
• Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
• Theology and Religious Studies
• Visual Arts
School of Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Industrial and Systems Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
School of Business Administration (SBA)
• Business Administration
• Business Economics
• International Business
• Real Estate
School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)
Credential and Degree Programs
• Elementary Education
• Secondary Education
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
• Peace and Justice (minor only)
• Undergraduates may earn a minor in any of the majors listed (except Biochemistry, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Liberal Studies) and also in:
- Asian Studies
- Catholic Studies
- Classical Studies
- Gender Studies
- Information Technology Management
- Latin American Studies
- Law and Ethics
- Leadership Studies
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Naval Science
- Peace and Justice Studies
- Supply Chain Management
Certification and Career Development Programs
• American Humanics
• California Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorized to recommend candidates for:
- Single Subject Credential
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
- Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
- Level I and Level II Education Specialist Credentials in Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, and Moderate/Severe Disabilities
- Professional Administrative Services Credential
• Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps