University of San Diego

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School Overview

The University of San Diego, locally referred to as USD, is a public, four-year Roman Catholic university located in the city of San Diego, California. Annual enrollment at USD includes approximately 5,500 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. The University offers over 40 bachelor degree programs and several law, masters, and doctorate programs. USD is composed of six academic schools and colleges, which include the School of Business Administration, the School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and Health Science, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

General Information

Admission Office

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 260-4506

(800) 248-4873

Fax: (619) 260-6836

Contact: Stephen Pultz

Director of Admissions
Main Address

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

(619) 260-4600

Total undergrads: 5,119

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,260

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,097

Graduate enrollment: 1,676


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 52%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 85%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $32,564 $34,264 $36,292 $37,372 +2.98%
Books and Supplies $1,380 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,960 $11,870 $12,602 $11,602 -7.94%
Other $2,934 $2,970 $3,042 $2,979 -2.07%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $10,152 $10,872 $10,980 +0.99%
Other $3,618 $3,870 $3,996 $3,897 -2.48%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,838 $50,670 $53,574 $53,573 0.00%
In-state Off Campus $46,850 $49,852 $52,798 $53,869 +2.03%
In-state with Family $33,944 $35,830 $37,930 $38,992 +2.80%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $21,744
In-state Student Fees $224
Out-of-state Tuition $21,744
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $224

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 889 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 833 66% $17,181,303 $20,626
• Federal grants 163 13% $1,441,878 $8,846
• Pell grants 136 11% $433,478 $3,187
• Other federal grants 161 13% $1,008,400 $6,263
State and local government grant or scholarships 127 10% $1,100,268 $8,664
Institutional scholarships or grants 829 66% $14,639,157 $17,659
Student loan financial aid 436 35% $3,287,019 $7,539
• Federal student loans 411 33% $1,853,070 $4,509
• Other student loans 140 11% $1,433,949 $10,242

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1111 627 375 241
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Ethnic Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 79 7
Biochemistry 10
Biology/biological Sciences, General 63
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 6 7
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 484 239 28
Accounting 73 18
Business Administration and Management, General 236 67
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 68
Business/managerial Economics 11
Finance, General 89
International Business/trade/commerce 3 19
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 19 28
Marketing/marketing Management, General 59
Real Estate 13 43
Taxation 5
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 5
Computer Science 5
Education 153 26
Curriculum and Instruction 45 5
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 26
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 14 21
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 8
Secondary Education and Teaching 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 17
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 34
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 7
Engineering 33
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6
Industrial Engineering 11
Mechanical Engineering 16
English Language and Literature/letters 63
English Language and Literature, General 63
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 53
French Language and Literature 7
Spanish Language and Literature 46
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 3 114 31
Adult Health Nurse/nursing 5
Clinical Nurse Leader 45
Clinical Nurse Specialist 4
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 18
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 29
Nursing Administration 9
Nursing Practice 14
Nursing Science 17
Pediatric Nurse/nursing 4
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 3
History 26 5
History, General 26 5
Legal Studies, General 72 318 213
Advanced Legal Research/studies, General 2
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 2
Comparative Law 24
International Law and Legal Studies 3
Law 318
Legal Assistant/paralegal 213
Tax Law/taxation 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 35
Humanities/humanistic Studies 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 29
Mathematics and Statistics 9
Mathematics, General 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 15
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 15
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Studies 3
Physical Sciences 14
Chemistry, General 10
Physics, General 4
Psychology 79
Psychology, General 79
Social Sciences 184 13
Anthropology 13
Economics, General 13
International Relations and Affairs 46 13
Political Science and Government, General 71
Sociology 41
Theology and Religious Vocations 2
Pastoral Studies/counseling 2
Visual and Performing Arts 34 7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9
Art/art Studies, General 13
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 6 7
Music, General 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B
Nursing Administration A


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of San Diego Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (619) 260-4600
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 9,181
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 82%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 8,442 (92% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $51,186
Out-of-state Tuition: $51,186
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $31,109

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of San Diego Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of San Diego.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 78
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 271
Engineering 4
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 161
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Legal Professions and Studies 26
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 51
Visual and Performing Arts 41
Grand total 544392

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of San Diego and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $51,186
Out-of-state $51,186
Books and supplies $1,970

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $27,762
Out-of-state $27,762

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,070 82%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,041 80% $31,109
Student loan aid 573 44% $6,805

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,100 70% $28,658
Federal student loans 2,177 37% $6,574

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of San Diego. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of San Diego students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 13,755 5,515 8,240
Percent admitted 100% 45% 51%
Percent admitted who enrolled 8% 8% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of San Diego Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 9,181
Undergraduate enrollment 5,919
Graduate enrollment 3,262

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of San Diego Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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