University of San Diego (USD)

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

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, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of San Diego is around 8,300 students, with undergraduate students making up about 68% 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

  • The estimated tuition range is around $44,000-$53,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,700 for part time students
  • on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $14,000

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 Aid84%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships83%$23,430
Receiving Student Loans43%$7,113

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 Years65%
Graduating in 5 Years9%
Graduating in 6 Years1%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • 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

Intercollegiate Athletics

USD is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (West Coast Conference)
  • Basketball (West Coast Conference)
  • Football (Pioneer Football League)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

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 (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact University of San Diego for official up-to-date information.

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