Students Say

This “academically challenging, Roman Catholic” institution couples “amazing academics” and “wonderful teachers and programs” with “great weather and a beautiful campus.” As one liberal studies major notes, “I just felt an overwhelming sense of belonging the very first time I stepped on campus. I fell in love right away.” USD “strives and puts into action ways to create a well-rounded student who is able to succeed out in the real world.” Major draws to the curriculum here include “small class sizes, potential relationships with professors, and the caring nature of the faculty.”

Overview

Applicants
14,247
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average HS GPA
3.90

GPA Breakdown

68%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 650
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
December 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

This “academically challenging, Roman Catholic” institution couples “amazing academics” and “wonderful teachers and programs” with “great weather and a beautiful campus.” As one liberal studies major notes, “I just felt an overwhelming sense of belonging the very first time I stepped on campus. I fell in love right away.” USD “strives and puts into action ways to create a well-rounded student who is able to succeed out in the real world.” Major draws to the curriculum here include “small class sizes, potential relationships with professors, and the caring nature of the faculty.” The professors “are there for you and want you to do your best…I love that the classes are taught by instructors with PhDs rather than TAs. It is great having your professor know you personally.” Beyond the picturesque coastal campus—“It is in San Diego”—“undergraduate research opportunities are great!” In addition, USD has a strong undergraduate business program. USD is all about “discovering one’s passions in the classroom in order to fulfill them in the real world.” Besides the high caliber academics, “it is vacation weather year round. I went to the beach and tanned in January; very few other college students can say that.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.8:1
Total Faculty
897
with Terminal Degree
682

450
Men
447
Women
180
Minority
16
International

Most frequent class size
30 - 39
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,405

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,438

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,862

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,225

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,104

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,330
Required Fees
$578
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,752

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,134

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
TEACH Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

USD “produces students who have a desire to pursue their dreams with philanthropy.” In general, all students at USD are “motivated” and “looking to better themselves and achieve personal success.” As one student says, “The students here are like the protagonists in a TV series.” However, “don’t let the students’ good looks, high fashion, or athletic prowess and wealth fool you, these students had 4.0s in high school, have intense internships, compete for graduate and professional school spots, and are constantly serving the community.” Others concede, the typical student “comes from substantial wealth, [is] white, has a strong work ethic, [and is] laid-back, athletic, outgoing, and friendly.” Though, others note, “There are exceptions to the USD stereotype.” Many students “receive financial aid” and thus join the leagues of those who “are very motivated to get good grades.” Since USD is a Catholic school, “there are quite a few of us who are religious.” Others note, “It feels a lot like high school…all the groups keep to themselves.” Yet others say with the wealth of campus clubs, sporting events, internship, and community service opportunities, “there seems to be a niche for everyone.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,741
Out of State
37%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

6.94%
Asian
3.22%
African-American
20.80%
Hispanic
58.07%
Caucasian
3.98%
Unknown
8.16%
International

55% female
45% male
37% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at USD boasts “beauty and brains!” USD is a “laid-back school overlooking the ocean, so people are happy to be at school and in class every day.” Many tout a picture of the campus as a “country club escape from the city with outstanding professors, a friendly student body, and a five-minute drive to the beach.” It’s a “beach town, so surfing, laying out, bathing suits, sunglasses, and flip-flops are very prevalent.” Going to the beach “is easy, you can see the ocean from campus.” A car “is not totally necessary, the campus is equipped with everything you need and we have Zipcar on campus!” “It’s a very active and fit” community. Some note that they “would love to see more diversity on campus.” “There is a big difference between students with scholarships and those who don’t need scholarships to attend.” Yet others note that there are “tremendous opportunities to get involved at USD, local community and abroad!” “San Diego is about working hard for what you want, but it has everything you need to enjoy your undergraduate years.” At USD, “there is always something to do for fun.” There “is a party scene, but it is not overbearing to the point where it is necessary to drink.” A typical day in the life of a USD student “is to go to class, get a delicious breakfast burrito at La Paloma (served all day) and hit the beach for parties on the weekend.” Those adventurers looking to relax “can go to the pool, beach, parties at the beach, downtown’s Gaslamp District, and Sea World on the weekends.” Plus, “you are only 1.5 hours away from Disneyland and Los Angeles and four hours from Las Vegas!” Surrounding San Diego is “an amazing city.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
128
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
2

24% join a fraternity
37% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

30% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Toreros)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Toreros)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: San Diego State University
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: San Diego State University

Sustainability

As a leader in conservation and sustainability, the University of San Diego works to foster an ethic of innovation and preservation. USD has installed more than five thousand photovoltaic panels throughout the campus, generating 8 percent of its power needs through a 1.23-megawatt renewable energy system. The university maintains its beautiful landscaping through satellite controlled smart irrigation sensor systems that automatically conserve water after rainfall. The university’s efficiency savings from 2010–2011 includes 6 million kilowatts of electricity and well over 30 million gallons of water. The University reduced its energy consumption by 20 percent and reduced its water consumption by 39 percent over its peak consumption years (2005 and 2010 respectively). All recycling bins on campus accept plastics 1–7 along with other common recyclables. Additionally, nearly 1.5 million pounds of green waste is diverted annually by being chipped and reused as soil or composted off site USD also opened a full time electronic waste collection center, collecting over 1,000,000 pounds of old electronics. This collection center, the first of its kind on a college campus, diverts e-waste from landfills and developing nations with the goal of raising money for student scholarships. The university offers environmental courses allowing students to participate in hands-on environmental research projects. The Center of Peace and Commerce is a joint project of the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies that aims to drive the new global economy to measure success in the five P’s “people, planet, profit, peace and prosperity.” USD’s Career Services Office and Office of Community Service Learning jointly sponsor an annual “Careers with a Conscience” program. USD is the lead institution for one of six national programs dedicated to Climate Change Education funded by the National Science Foundation. This multidisciplinary and multi-institution program is focused on creating new resources for and education of decision makers and community leaders. USD also houses the Climate Collaborative a unique collaboration of academia, utilities, community foundations and local governments sharing best practices to prepare for the impacts of Climate Change.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
62

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, and HP Computers (through our bookstore and through vendor web sites)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jim Bonner
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admi

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone
619-260-4506

Email
admissions@sandiego.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Aromas Coffee House
Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology
Jenny Craig Pavilion (Sporting/concert venue)
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Student Life Pavilion

Most Popular Places Off Campus
San Diego Zoo
Sea World
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Dowtown San Diego's Gaslmap Quarter
La Jolla

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturday
8:30 am-5 pm M-F and 10:30 am-1 pm Saturdays
619-260-4506

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10 am and 1:30 pm: select Saturadys at 11:00am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@sandiego.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available on selected dates. Please see website for more information.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Diego International Airport is 5 miles from campus. Taxi and shuttle services are available for the ride from the airport to campus; advance arrangements are not necessary. Amtrak trains serve San Diego from Los Angeles. Greyhound/Trailways buses also serve San Diego. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System provides bus service in the area and the San Diego Trolley runs throughout San Diego county-with shuttles from USD to the Old Town Trolley station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5, exit at Sea World Dr.; turn east and follow signs to the university. From I-8, exit at Morena Blvd. and follow signs to the university.

Local Accommodations
Please visit our website for information on our partnership with Bartell Hotels. www.sandiego.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visit/hotel_travel.php
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Key Stats

14,247
Applicants
5,741
Size
46%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

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