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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
USD is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in San Diego, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,605 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the USD acceptance rate is 50%. Popular majors include Finance, Business, and Marketing. Graduating 82% of students, USD alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $50,100.
About University of San Diego...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

University of San Diego Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
50%
Application Deadline
December 15
SAT Range
1180-1350
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$38,592/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,364/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.120 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.139 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.141 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,605Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
169
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 91 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    26%
  • Well-off
    26%
  • Priviledged
    18%
  • Rich.
    10%
  • Rich/Privileged/Rude
    9%
  • Spoiled.
    5%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.174 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.194 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Privileged
    34%
  • Paradise
    16%
  • Country Club
    14%
  • Successful
    13%
  • Academic-driven
    8%
  • Well-rounded
    8%
  • Snobby
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses
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Going to the University of San Diego is like going to summer camp year round. By that I mean, half of the time I forget I'm just here for school! The campus is so gorgeous it doesn't feel like a traditional college environment at all, and I love that about it. The class sizes are small, enough so that your professor knows you by name. Being able to develop relationships with my professors has significantly helped my academic success in the classroom. I love everything that this school stands for. They are openly accepting of persons from all races and ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and religions. There are on campus resources for minority groups such as women, women and persons of color, and LGBTQ+. The only thing I think this school lacks is the numbers of students with diversity in race and ethnicity as well as economic backgrounds. This school does much to support diverse communities on campus, but lacks in the actual numbers and representation of these minority communities.
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I transferred from another college and so far my time at USD has been amazing! Everyone that is associated with the campus is very welcoming, from the staff/faculty member to the students. If you have any trouble there are many resources on campus and they are always open to help. One thing I would change about USD is having air conditioning in some of the classes. However, they are renovating some parts of the campus so maybe in the near future, there will be air conditioning.
The University of San Diego is a wonderful place to grow and learn as a student, and as a human being. The academics and challenging and stimulating in the best way, probably because the school has such great professors. The campus is beautiful and there is something for everyone to get involved in! However, the school is lacking in diversity, school spirit (especially when it comes to athletics), and an active and inclusive party scene.