Students Say

A moderately sized Catholic school, University of San Diego “strives to provide a quality liberal arts education that expands students’ worldviews and underscores the importance of service to others.” Indeed, the university offers undergrads “amazing opportunities for educational, social and spiritual growth.” Of course, USD’s “proximity to the beach” and “friendly SoCal culture” also make the university a highly attractive option as well. Academically, students have their pick of great departments and disciplines, from the “outstanding business school” to a “strong marine science program.”

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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
December 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

A moderately sized Catholic school, University of San Diego “strives to provide a quality liberal arts education that expands students’ worldviews and underscores the importance of service to others.” Indeed, the university offers undergrads “amazing opportunities for educational, social and spiritual growth.” Of course, USD’s “proximity to the beach” and “friendly SoCal culture” also make the university a highly attractive option as well. Academically, students have their pick of great departments and disciplines, from the “outstanding business school” to a “strong marine science program.” And undergrads appreciate that they are taught “to think critically and apply [their] education to real world problems.” Many also find their professors to be fair, engaging, well-prepared, and open-minded when conducting their classes; it’s clearly evident that they “love what they do.” Additionally, professors here make a concerted effort to both ensure they are “accessible” and to get to know “students on a personal level.” As an ecstatic biology major sums up her experience, “USD is all about manicured lawns and gardens, the tastiest cafeteria food you will ever have, classes that are so small that you and your professor can be BFFs, and a view of the ocean off in the distance awaiting you for a sunset surf.”

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
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Italian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


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

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

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
$25,968

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,330
Required Fees
$586
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 Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Not surprisingly, many an undergrad at University of San Diego could be described as a “friendly, beach loving SoCal kid.” Additionally, walking around campus, one gets the sense that USD is “glitzy and...comprised of many beautiful people.” And it frequently feels as though a lot of students come from “upper-class” families that are “pretty well off financially.” Thankfully, a bio major explains that “although this is the impression that USD gives off, there is a place for everyone. You can be a member of the Rock Climbing team or a guide for Outdoor Adventures program and be the opposite of the typical USD student while still absolutely loving the university.” Perhaps most importantly, undergrads report that their peers are “welcoming.” An accounting major pipes in, “A lot of people will hold the door open for you and ‘please’ or ‘thank you are commonly heard throughout the campus.” Overall, the typical USD student is “smart, hard-working, fun, friendly, dedicated, and passionate.” And a behavioral neuroscience major sums up, “Students that put in the initiative to work hard in class, join clubs/organizations, etc. fit in very well. There are lots of opportunities for all different types of people.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,741
Out of State
37%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
61

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

Undergrads at USD happily report that life here “is pretty laid back” with students focused on both school and the beach in equal measure. In fact, it’s quite common for “upperclassmen to live right on Mission Beach and...underclassmen often head [there] after class.” But fear not; there’s plenty of action on campus as well. As a delighted international relations major shares, “The school has a great entertainment board who schedules free on campus concerts and carnivals (Young the Giant, Magic!, and Imagine Dragons [have played here within the] last 3 years) as well as winter festivals, movies on the lawn, distinguished guest speakers, magicians, comedians, and more.” And a philosophy major interjects to tell us that there “are many opportunities to get involved in community service and volunteer work [as well].” Students also love living in Southern California “which lends itself very easily to spending time outdoors and being active.” For example, there’s a “canyon with a nice running/hiking path...right next to campus.” And many students can be found “surfing,” playing “beach volleyball,” and other outdoor pursuits. Additionally, “Outdoor Adventures organizes trips anywhere between paddle boarding in Mission Bay to hiking through Havasu Falls in Arizona or Zion National Park.” It’s no wonder this content student said, “I almost never have a weekend devoid of anything where I’m stuck in my room bored.”

Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

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

33% 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.

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

Rankings & Lists