University of San Diego (USD)

San Diego, CA

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University of San Diego

University of San Diego

University of San Diego Student Essentials

University of San Diego Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Toreros
Nickname: USD
Website: www.sandiego.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $39,970
Out-of-State Tuition: $39,970
Retention Rate: 90%
Enrollment: 9,341
Year Established: 1949

About USD

A small Catholic University on the stunning coast of San Diego, California, the University of San Diego (USD) provides comprehensive, high-quality academics, including a number of graduate programs, as well as a unique approach to learning and campus life.

The esthetic of USD’s campus and the surrounding area is certainly one compelling feature of the campus, making it an inspiring place to study.

USD offers graduate programs in more than 30 fields of study, including Education and Marine Science. Its Theatre Arts MFA is also one of the most highly ranked in the nation.

Bachelor’s degrees range from Fine Arts offerings to specialized scientific fields such as Biophysics and Environmental Studies to professional degrees in Architecture, Computer Science and Engineering. Academic majors include various offerings in History, Literature, Sociology and Theology.

Research is a substantial component of the USD academic experience with USD centers undertaking research in a range of fields including Business, Education, Law and Peace Studies.

Integrating the academic and the student life experience is one of USD’s distinguishing features, with many students participating in what are called Learning Communities. Learning communities, which are groups of campus residents dedicated to a particular interest or field of study, give students the chance to live and study with those who are in a similar program of study and/or share the same interests.

Other campus life options include religious and community service activities as well as offerings in the arts.

In the city of San Diego itself, students can find a lot to do to enhance their campus experience.

USD’s Admission requirements vary, depending on one’s prospective degree or field of study. Eligible students may receive some amount of financial aid.

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USD Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 4 Reviews

75% of students gave University of San Diego 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

Overall Rating

A lot has changed since I went to USD and I imagine it's even better than when I was there. NO shortage of money means a beautiful campus, great facilities and some really inspiring professors. On-campus life was probably the one thing I would hope has improved. I moved off campus my sophmore year, which was probably too early. But there just wasn't enough to keep me on campus. I was not really into the whole Greek thing, even though I rushed and there just didn't seem to be much in terms of on campus activities (or at least there wasn't enough done to advertise them.) BEAUTIFUL campus. Heaven. Make the most of it.


Former Student - Last Attended 2010

Overall Rating

I liked the small class sizes, I liked how close the dorms were to campus and the new dining facilities as well as the amazing study abroad programs I traveled to Jamaica and the program was so much fun I got to know my professors better and learn avout another culture


USD Map & Location

University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110


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Getting Around USD

Walkability

Good walkability. We think you’ll enjoy walking in this area.

6/10
walk

Transit

Minimal transit. This area doesn't have the greatest public transportation access.

4/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for San Diego, CA

Winter
Dec
65
48
Jan
65
49
Feb
65
51
Spring
Mar
66
53
Apr
68
56
May
68
59
Summer
Jun
71
62
Jul
75
65
Aug
77
67
Fall
Sep
76
65
Oct
73
61
Nov
69
54

USD Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 5,853
Freshman Class 1,150
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 9,341

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 18%
  • African American: 2%
  • Caucasian: 60%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Unknown and Other: 12%
Latino 18%
African American 2%
Caucasian 60%
Asian 6%
Unknown and Other 12%

Undergraduate 63%
Graduate 37%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%
Women 60%
Men 40%
International 6%
Domestic 94%

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