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5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA

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The University of San Diego, located in San Diego, California, was established in 1952 as the San Diego College for Women. The current university was established in 1972 through the merger of the San Diego College for Women and the San Diego College for Men and School of Law. These two institutions had shared facilities and campus, but the resulting merger allowed for university status and growth for the school. Since the merger, the school has seen the addition of facilities and significant increase in enrollment. The University of San Diego is  private institution founded upon Catholic principles with financial assistance from the church and private donors. The school is nationally ranked, and provides a quality education and services in order for its students to achieve their goals.

The University of San Diego offers a large number of majors in order for enrolled students to choose the educational path that will best assist the fulfillment of future plans. Bachelor degree programs typically takes four years to complete and requires the student to take courses for their major and nationally required general education classes. Students may also choose to pursue a minor degree. Minor degrees allow students to obtain extra education in a second area of study, though not quite as intensively as a major, either for personal interest or to augment one's major. Graduate programs have separate requirements for admission, including having earned the necessary prerequisite degree and the necessary GRE or LSAT scores, to be considered for admissions.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at the University of San Diego must submit an application for enrollment along with transcripts, test scores, recommendations and the admissions essay. The information provided by these documents will be reviewed and a decision rendered regarding entry into a bachelor degree program. Applicants must have completed a high school core curriculum or equivalent to be considered for admission.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine financial need, program eligibility and monetary awards. Students may be randomly selected to provide additional information to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA prior to the disbursement of funds. Financial aid must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year due to changing financial circumstances of the student and his or her family from year to year.

The University of San Diego Toreros participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) through the Great Western Conference. Students participating in intercollegiate athletics will be able to develop useful skills, such as leadership, teamwork and discipline that may be applied to one's personal, professional and academic life. Additionally, the successes and failures associated with the struggle to achieve team goals allows for the development of camaraderie among players. Students may contact the athletic department to obtain tryout dates, times and forms.

Athletic programs at USD:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Spirit Team
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students USD accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting accepted to University of San Diego.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading560 - 650
SAT ® Math570 - 670
SAT ® Writing570 - 660
SAT ® Total Score1700 - 1980

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English25 - 31
ACT ® Math25 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score26 - 30

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into USD

The table below lists the chances for admission at University of San Diego.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions6,590 (48%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,143 (17%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of San Diego is around 8,200 students, with undergraduate students making up about 66% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $43,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • Per unit charges are around $1,500 for part time students
  • on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $14,000

USD oversees multiple professional schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Law School (Tuition: $44,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships72%$20,671
Receiving Student Loans48%$7,038

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, University of San Diego may provide services like:

  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 75%, USD is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years64%
Graduating in 5 Years10%
Graduating in 6 Years0.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Paralegal (C)
  • Tax Law, Taxation (M)
  • Comparative Law (M)
  • Advanced Legal Research (M)
  • International Law and Legal Studies (M)
  • Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law (M)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

  • Communication, General (B)


Social Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Clinical Nurse Leader (M)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (M)
  • Nursing Science (D)
  • Family Practice Nurse (M)
  • Nursing Practice (D)
  • Pediatric Nurse (M)
  • Adult Health Nursing (M)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (M)
  • Nursing Administration (M)
  • Nursing (B)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

English Language and Literature



Liberal Arts and Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (M)


Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies (B)

Visual and Performing Arts

Physical Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Mathematics and Statistics

Computer and Information Sciences

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies (B)


  • Architectural History and Criticism (B)

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