University of San Diego

University of San Diego


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. The university is a nationally ranked, co-educational and residential university serving students of diverse backgrounds from across the country and around the world. USD supports the belief that academic excellence requires inclusive engagement with diverse groups and varying perspectives, and it recognizes that the benefits of a rich, diverse learning community are most likely realized when institutions demonstrate high levels of commitment to inclusion and diversity. USD actively supports recruitment and retention of under-represented students, staff, faculty and administrators in pursuit of the compositional diversity required to achieve excellence.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

The University of San Diego’s Upward Bound program strives to create an educational and multicultural learning community of students who demonstrate a strong desire to participate in higher education. Students, families and staff involved in USD Upward Bound engage in a highly motivational, relevant, challenging and empowering curriculum which promotes a deeper personal and cross-cultural understanding. Learn more about Upward Bound

Academic Advising & Support Student Support Services

Student Support Services is a federally funded grant by the US Department of Education to serve 160 eligible undergraduates at USD. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and serves to retain and motivate students toward successful completion of their postsecondary education at USD. Services provided include: academic counseling/advising, tutoring, career counseling, personal counseling, faculty/student mentoring, cultural activities, grant aid, FAFSA assistance, Summer Bridge Program, time management techniques, note-taking techniques, test-taking techniques, essay writing improvement, reading strategies and graduate school application assistance. Learn more about Student Support Services

Student Life & Support Student Outreach and Recruitment Club

The Student Outreach and Recruitment Club (SOAR) is a student organization that specifically focuses on and is committed to engaging in diversity recruitment, outreach and retention efforts at the University of San Diego. Members of SOAR participate, coordinate and assist with multicultural recruitment events such as our fly-in overnight visit program and other activities geared toward making the University of San Diego a more diverse and inclusive campus community. Learn more about Student Outreach and Recruitment Club

Student Diversity

  • 5,711
  • 46/54
  • 20%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 19%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 51%
  • 6%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%

Student Success

  • 87%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 78%
    Six-year graduation
  • 78%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 45%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 440
    Full-time faculty
  • 99
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Psychology, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Students Association (ASA), Black Student Union (BSU), Chaldean American Student Association, Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO), International Student Organization (ISO), Jewish Student Union (JSU), Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Native American Student Organization (NASO), People of the Islands (POI), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, PRIDE, Sigma Theta Psi Sorority, Taiwan Student Association (TSA)


Cost of Attendance

  • $45,540
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $600
    Required Fees
  • $12,302
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $74,865,107
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,366
    Average aid package
  • $28,598
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 10%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 54%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 14%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 14,413
    # of applicants
  • 51%
  • 3.95
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 560—660
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 580—680
    SAT Math
  • 570—670
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $55
    Application Fee
  • $55
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date